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We're building a farm stand to provide organic fruits and vegetables to our local community!
We're building a farm stand to provide organic fruits and vegetables to our local community!
160 backers pledged $13,921 to help bring this project to life.

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      Bahner Farm is a three year old family farm owned and operated by Christa and Mike Bahner. We grow over 100 varieties of certified organic vegetables on four acres for markets in Mid-coast Maine. Since moving here in 2009 we have wanted to build a farm stand to provide organic produce locally. Our location on a busy road makes our farm an ideal candidate for a successful farm stand. We currently make a large percentage of our sales at farmers markets up to 1 1/2 hours away, and although we love and depend on them, we feel strongly that we should also be providing fresh, delicious vegetables to our local community and the general public here in Belmont.

     To be able to sell vegetables on the farm, we need a permanent structure and a good parking area. We are building a 16'x16' farm stand that we were able to design over the past year with a business planning grant from Farms for the Future. It will be able to close up to be a heated space during our Winter Community Supported Agriculture pick ups, or open up completely to be a breezy, beautiful summer farm stand.

In order for our future farm stand be useable, we also need to put in a parking area. Our barnyard needs to be smoothed out, the top soil scooped off and spread with gravel. In addition, the site for the farm stand will be leveled and covered in 2 feet of gravel.

Why are we asking for $12,524.22?

Our budget breakdown:

Farm stand estimate: $6,800.00 - This includes all materials and labor, including a 4"concrete pad.

Earthwork estimate: $4,796.50 - This estimate includes a circular driveway for entrance and exit, and a parking area with room for up to eight cars. We'll be using up to 300 yard of gravel!

Kickstarter and the Amazon credit card processing keep a portion of the money raised on this site, so that brings our total to $12,524.22

Small scale farming takes commitment, diligence and hard work; it also requires community support. With your help, our farm stand can be up and running for the 2012 growing season - but it can't happen without you!

Thank you for your support!

Want to know more about us? Check our farm out at our website, our facebook page, or our CSA blog.

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    Bahner Farm bumper sticker! Display it with pride!

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    A bumper sticker, and a Bahner Farm tote bag with our logo! Great for the farmers market wherever you live.

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    All of the above, plus a set of 10 note cards with beautiful farm photos taken and assembled by Christa!

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    All of the above, plus your name on a Thank You plaque to be displayed in the farm stand!

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    Sculling is fun! Learn to row from a Masters Nationals, Head of the Charles and Henley Masters winner, aka Christa's mom, international CRASH B bronze medalist, and former college and middle school crew coach with 38 years of rowing experience. I offer 90 minutes of individual attention at any level from novice to advanced. We can boat out of the Cambridge Boat Club on the Charles River either on a Saturday morning during the school year, at your convenience during school vacations, or on weekends or holidays among the loons on Lake Megunticook in Camden Maine. Ability to swim required; minimum age for a gift: 12 years.

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    A handmade cold-frame constructed from recycled materials by Christa's dad, the famous Duncan! Extend your growing season and enjoy your own greens even in winter! Use it to start seedlings for your garden in the spring! Available for pick up in Massachusetts or Maine.

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    All of the above, plus a farm tour and an incredible fall farm dinner for up to four with all local ingredients and Mike's famous maple pumpkin pie for dessert -OR- A 2012 Standard CSA Share ($300.00 Value), 19 weeks of fresh, delicious vegetables for approximately two people! Find out more about our CSA at www.bahnerfarm.com. Note: If you need your reward to be shipped, please choose the next $300.00 option.

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    We will name one of our chickens in your honor, and send you a framed photo of your namesake along with a beautiful handmade garlic braid for your kitchen!

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    All of the above (Sticker, tote, cards, thank you plaque, dinner...), PLUS a private tractor driving lesson from Mike!

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    A 2012 Family CSA Share ($500.00 Value), 19 weeks of fresh, delicious vegetables for approximately four people! Find out more about our CSA at www.bahnerfarm.com. Note: If you need your reward to be shipped, please choose the next $500.00 option.

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    A sticker, tote, cards, PLUS We will name one of our fields in your honor, and send you a framed photo of your namesake, along with a beautiful handmade garlic braid for your kitchen!

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    All of the above (Sticker, tote, cards, plaque, dinner, tractor driving lesson), PLUS an original painting of the farm by Christa's very talented sister Kate, a RISD graduate -OR- A 2012 Family CSA Share AND a Winter Family CSA Share ($1,000.00 combined value). Note: If you need your reward to be shipped, please choose the next option.

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    A sticker, tote, cards, PLUS We will name one of our greenhouses in your honor, and send you a framed photo of your namesake, along with a beautiful handmade garlic braid for your kitchen!

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Funding period

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