Developing our new incubator farm site to kickstart the next generation of farmers.
*Update* - we made our funding goal! Hooray! Don't let that stop you from getting your reward - you have until noon (CDT) Wednesday to claim your T-shirt, pizza party tickets, calendar, etc. Plus, every dollar you pledge will help us build an even better training farm.
Sunset Community Farm is bursting at the seams.
What is Sunset Community Farm? It's a laboratory for agricultural micro-enterprise. It's a cutting-edge demonstration farm. It's an incubator for learning, for growing, for entrepreneurship, for networking, and for helping dreams sprout into reality. We support beginning growers as they develop small farm businesses focused on vegetable production. We want to build a bigger, better, training farm to help more beginning growers in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Sunset Community Farm is operated by Community CROPS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people work together to grow healthy food and live sustainably. That means that your pledge is tax deductible (once we take out the value of your reward). Lots of people have said nice things about us - check out these links!
What if the beginning growers don't have the capital or resources to start their own farm? In a report by the National Young Farmers Coalition, 78% of beginning farmers cited lack of capital as the biggest barrier to beginning a farm. We solve this problem by renting land and equipment at Sunset Community Farm to beginning farmers at affordable rates. Not only that, but we also offer workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and direct access to markets like our 125-member Community Supported Agriculture program. We are a micro-kickstarter for the next generation of farmers.
However, Sunset Community Farm is full to capacity. We simply don't have enough land to rent to all the farmers who want to grow. So, we are moving our farm.
In 2013, we will begin leasing land from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at a site called Prairie Pines. The 145-acre site, protected from development by a conservation easement, includes a variety of forest habitats, native prairie, and a wetland. Over the next five years, we will convert three hay fields into a sustainable vegetable training farm and will eventually triple our current production capacity.
This fall and winter, our goal is to install the infrastructure we need on the first field. However, we can't do this on our own. We need to put in a well pump. We need to install irrigation lines and water hydrants in the new fields. We need to build washstands and tool sheds at each farmer's plot. We need to retrofit the barn into a pack shed and cold storage. It will be a lot of work, but with your support, we will have this first field ready to go in spring 2013.
Will you help kickstart our move as we help small farmers kickstart their dreams?
P.S. The rewards are a little complicated. Jeff made this helpful graphic to make them easier to understand. Thanks, Jeff! :)
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You aren't funding a pipe dream - you're investing in a project with a proven track record and very clear and tangible goals.
We have the tools in place to make this project succeed. We already have bids from the electrician and well company, so we know exactly how much the installation will cost. Once we are funded, we will hurry to get our contractors to work before winter hits!
Community CROPS has a strong volunteer base, especially with students at Nebraska Wesleyan and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These volunteers will help our staff and farmers install the hoop house, cold frames, tool sheds, and wash stands. We are excited to see this site transformed into a new incubator farm. Thank you for your support!
Update #3 tells the full story. Short answer: this project will fund the infrastructure at the new farm and is matched by an anonymous donor and grant funds.
Community CROPS always accepts donations of any size. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so you know that your money is going to a good cause and is tax-deductible. However, to contribute to this project, you must give through this website. We need your pledge online to make our goal - we do not get funded unless we meet or exceed the $12,000 goal by noon on Halloween.
You can create multiple accounts with Kickstarter to get multiple rewards. As an alternative, you can add up the value of your rewards, select one at check-out, and we'll settle with you after the campaign to make sure you got the rewards you wanted. If this is confusing, shoot me at email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Oct 1, 2012 - Oct 31, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
10 backers Limited (490 of 500 left)
Reward #1 - "Supporter with a Shout-Out" A shout out on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and in our monthly newsletterEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $15 or more
16 backers Limited (384 of 400 left)
Reward #2 - "Supporter with a Signature" A hand-written thank you card from Community CROPS and Reward #1Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $25 or more
19 backers Limited (331 of 350 left)
Reward #3 - "Supporter with a Stake" Your name painted on a T-post on our training farm and Reward #2. We use the posts to stake tomato plants, hold up trellises, and various other tasks. You get bonus points if you visit our farm in 2013 and find the stake with your name on it!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $40 or more
20 backers Limited (80 of 100 left)
Reward #4 - "Supporter with a Schedule" A Sunset Community Farm 2013 Calendar – Kickstarter Limited Edition! (shipped anywhere in the US) and Reward #2Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $60 or more
15 backers Limited (85 of 100 left)
Reward #5 - "Supporter with a Shirt" A CROPS Kickstarter T-shirt autographed by CROPS staff & farmers (shipped anywhere in the US) and Reward #2Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
21 backers Limited (54 of 75 left)
Reward #6 - "Supporter with a Slice" Two tickets to an exclusive-to-Kickstarter, on-farm party catered by Rolling Fire pizza! (Tentative date: Saturday evening, June 9, 2013) and Reward #2Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
Pledge $200 or more
13 backers Limited (22 of 35 left)
Reward #7 - "Supporter on our Sign" Your name on the entrance sign at the new farm, and choose any one of Rewards #3, #4, #5, or #6.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $500 or more
3 backers Limited (1 of 4 left)
Reward #8 - "Supporter on a 'Stand" You get to name one of our four washstands. Profound, silly, simple or reminiscent - your choice (but of course not profane) and Reward #7Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
2 backers Limited (18 of 20 left)
Reward #9 - "Supporter with a Share" A CROPS CSA vegetable share of your choice! (for more info on the CSA, visit www.communitycrops.org/csa) and Reward #7Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Reward #10 - "Supporter of all Seasons" You get to name our hoop house, which we use to grow food in all seasons! Profound, silly, simple or reminiscent - your choice (but of course not profane) and Reward #7Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $3,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Reward #11 - "Supporter with a Splash" You get to name our well! Profound, silly, simple or reminiscent - your choice (but of course not profane) and Reward #7Estimated delivery: Apr 2013