An open letter to AVF’s Kickstarter Family
With a heart felt apology, my eyes have been bigger that my belly!
AVF did not have a grand opening....yet.
In hindsight, I should have sent out an email or message of some kind to all of you who, so generously, have supported Atwater Village Farm that we were having a “soft” opening and that the Grand opening would happen in a few months. It all happened so fast and the day to day has been incredibly overwhelming (in the best way imaginable), we just opened the doors on Friday December 16th, 2011 as if it were just any old day.... Which is no excuse for not communicating with my Kickstarted Family.
Admittedly, I had some grand plans for AVF at the time the video was made and the Kickstarter project was launched. With the money made from Kickstarter, I was able to get quite a bit done, but not all that I had set out to do. Team AVF and I are laying a foundation to grow on, the Juice/ Coffee bar is being designed and pricing for the cost of build out is being done.
Now that we have hit the one month mark and the day to day is getting smoother I am able to spend some time on fulfillment of the incentives promised.
I am currently working on the invite for the Grand Opening Party which will be in March.
Patrick (AVF Store Manager) is working on content for Le Potager and the Calander of events for the coming year. Additionally, we are working on organizing Weekly Harvest Baskets, Juice Boxes, and in store promotions. Mark, AVF’s Office Manager as well as Patrick and myself are the Staff at Atwater Village Farm. The three of us are committed, at the same time, we must be realistic about what the “Manpower” of 3 people can be.
This process has been a beautiful experience that I cannot describe in any other words than~
The gift of what the Kickstarter Family has given, out weighs money. Every penny counted, but each person cheered me on and spoke out to me confirming that I was doing was the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. For this I am honored and grateful.