Thoughts on this last day....
Last year, in sheer frustration at my complete lack of capital for the Acorn Initiative,
I made a Google search: "find start-up money"
Kickstarter was one of the top search results and that is how I learned about this platform.
What 153 backers (and counting) have managed to accomplish here is nothing less than astounding. At one of the lowest points in recent Greek history, during the mid election strife and turmoil, people gathered around an idea, an alternative way of approaching the economic crisis.
We have only just begun exploring and sustainably exploiting the many possibilities for acorns and acorn caps. The Oak forest of Kea is now more widely known since the Acorn Initiative has been featured in several magazines, newspapers and 3 radio interviews. The beauty of this project is that it has the potential of supplementing a significant number of farm family incomes as well as the potential for a wide variety of high value products.
Since May 2011 we have accomplished more than I ever thought possible. The crowd-funding experience is like no other; it's about so much more than money. Backers participation encouraged me to persevere even when it seemed impossible that the project could be successful.
I've already had an interview about the success of this project and I want you all to know you have not only helped us on Kea but you have given many Greek people optimism and courage as well as a positive story to share about Greece.
pledged of $14,000 goal
seconds to go
May 3, 2012 - Jul 1, 2012
Pledge $15 or more
1 cast metal Acorn Charm on a cord. This charming little acorn is our way of saying THANK YOU to anyone who pledges $15 (€11) or more. Postage anywhere in the world is included! A heartfelt thank you for helping us continue to help Kea use the Oaks for sustainable income rather than firewood!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $30 or more
1 Acorn Charm & 1 package of Acorn Cookies - tasty & healthy, the cookies that shook an island! For every $30 (€22) pledge we'll send you a package of freshly baked Acorn Cookies from the island of Kea. We're only able to send fresh cookies within Greece. International Backers at this level will receive ! Acorn Charm & 1 package of Acorn Flour (250g) rather than cookies. Please add $5 (€4) for shipping!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $40 or more
NEW REWARD - COOKIES 4 EVERYBODY! 2 packs of cookies - 24 cookies/350g - posted anywhere in the world. Now that the project is successful it's time to start BAKING! $40 = €32Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
1 Acorn Charm, 1 package of Acorn Cookies & 1 T-shirt 'Kea Acorn Flour & Oil'. ($50 = €38) Show the world that you support our Acorn Endeavors when you wear the very cool Acorn T-shirt! Non-Greek residents will receive Acorn Flour instead of cookies. We can't thank you enough for your help but we'll try! Please add $9 (€6) for shipping!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
2 Acorn Charms & 2 Packages of Acorn Cookies - share our tasty treats and let people everywhere know that acorns are edible! ($50 = €38) Greece only, International Backers get 2 Acorn Charms & 2 packages of Acorn Flour (250g each). Acorn recipes are featured at www.iloveacorns.com. Please add $15 (€12) for shipping!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $150 or more
GOURMET PACK - 1 Seville Orange Marmalade, 1 Honey Spice Glaze, 1 Watermelon BBQ Sauce and 1 Package of Acorn Cookies all made by us here on the farm! ($150 = €115) Add $20 (€15) for shipping please!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $150 or more
An original and one-of-a-kind handwoven handbag. Re-purposed plastic exterior and Kean wool lining woven by Marcie specifically for this Kickstarter Project. ($150 = €115) Please add $20 (€15) for shipping!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $750 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
2 Acorn Charms & 2 packages of Acorn Cookies & 2 Acorn T-shirts & 2 St. John's Wort Oil. 1 Dinner with Kostis and Marcie and volunteers during harvest days. Invitation to help with the harvest and learn more about eating Acorns. ($750 = €570) 1 week stay in one of our guesthouse Studios during the Acorn Harvest in October & November 2012. Rewards to be picked up in person or add $32 (€25) for shipping your rewards!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
2 Acorn Charms & 2 packages of Acorn Cookies & 2 Acorn T-shirts & 2 St. John's Wort Oil 1 Dinner with Kostis and Marcie and volunteers during harvest days. Invitation to help with the harvest and learn more about eating Acorns. ($1000 = €760) 1 week stay in our largest guesthouse Studio (Stone Cottage) during the Acorn Harvest in October & November 2012. Rewards to be picked up in person or add $32 (€25) for shipping your rewards!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
I'll make a paper mache MASCOT of your choice. Doesn't everyone need a giant ice cream cone, flower, chili pepper or banana?! I will work with you to choose the perfect oversized object to create for your office, home or school. My paper mache work has been featured in several magazines and shop windows. $2500 (€1900) Price includes delivery anywhere up to $500 (€380)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012