We're building a barn to provide a greater amount of organically managed produce to grow our local food community
At Poplar Wood Farm we love growing high quality produce more than anything. For the past few years, we have focused on doing exactly that.
Prompted by an extensive agricultural background and desire to own a business, Poplar Wood Farm was founded by Al Esposito in 2001 in the scenic Highlands region of Warren County, NJ. The farm has since been involved in a variety of agricultural endeavors, challenges, and successes and has evolved into a fertile hub for organically managed vegetables and flowers. Poplar Wood Farm provides this delicious and beautiful produce to customers across New Jersey through farmers markets and a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program. We are actively involved in the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New Jersey. We are also pursuing organic certification through the New Jersey Department of Agriculture certification program.
Since we started, we have come a long way, acquiring a tractor, implements, irrigation system, green house, and other equipment and are now one step away from having everything we need to operate efficiently and the capacity to grow more healthy food for the local community. We need to produce a pole barn, one thing we can’t grow ourselves, and we need your support to do it.
Why a Pole Barn?
The building will serve as the heart of our farm. It will enable us to clean, sort, pack & store our vegetables and flowers in a more efficient manner. It will also allow us to load our trucks under cover in inclement weather, store supplies in a dry environment, work indoors on small building & maintenance projects in the winter and protect our equipment from the elements in the off season . In addition to the activities described above we will be able to host small groups for educational workshops.
We are currently limited by the size and location of our existing barn. Because of its limitations, the process of cleaning, storing, and preparing our produce for market is much more labor intensive. The space is undersized and our business is expanding so we are in serious need of a better equipped space.
Having the ability to wash, sort, and pack all under one roof streamlines our operation and makes for lots of happy smiling faces when trying to meet delivery deadlines. The barn will house a wash station consisting of stainless steel sinks and drain tables. We will also be building a walk in cooler that will be heavily insulated so that we can keep our energy usage to a minimum. We will be constructing this unit ourselves utilizing a Coolbot to achieve professional grade cooling at a more affordable cost. Coupled with the equipment and infrastructure that we already have, this building will give Poplar Wood Farm the ability to operate more efficiently and the capacity to expand and provide wholesome food to more people.
Summary of Project Expenses
- Pole Barn Structure: $14,480
- Permit: $200
- Excavating: $1,200
- Floor: $2,200
- Electrical: $2,475
- Wash Station: $800
- Walk–in Cooler $1,600
- Kickstarter Fees: $2,045
- Total $25,000
Join our community
Your participation in our pole barn project helps build our community of like minded individuals intent on making a statement about food production in the United States. Our success with this project will enable us to bring more food grown using organic methods to the communities we serve. It will also enable us to bring others to our farm, whether interns, volunteers, shareholders or other farmers to learn about what we do and see how we do it. This connection between the farm and community will strengthen the ties between all involved.
The reality is that our region needs many more organic farms, projects like this, and people willing to support them if our local food system is to continue to grow. Food security and safety is a growing concern for many and this project will advance our efforts to address those concerns.
Join us today to build this pole barn and build our regional food based community.
See what our CSA members think of us
Rewards for backing our project (full descriptions in right hand column)
Examples of note card images
See more from artist Madeline Taranto by clicking here.
Market bag and organic cotton tee shirt
Name a goat kid (don't worry, you'll get a cute one like Penny)
About our videos
Our videos were produced by Jan McLaughlin and her team at Sounds Good, LLC. Throughout the process, Jan’s experience, creativity, and flexibility were an excellent guide and an asset to our project. We had a great experience with Sounds Good, LLC and highly recommend them. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/SoundsGoodLLC and http://janmclaughlin.tv/vlog/.
Thanks to the Free Music Archive for making the music we used in our video available. www.freemusicarchive.org
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are always risks associated with new construction projects, including the following:
Completing the project on schedule – We intend to have the barn complete by May so that it is operational through the heart of our growing season. Weather conditions may slow or stop progress in the early spring.
Completing the project within budget.
Our many years managing landscape design / build projects gives us the experience to manage this project effectively and respond to unexpected changes.
We have padded our timeline with a couple of extra weeks to allow for weather related or other unexpected construction slowdown.
We have researched construction materials pricing and spoken with all parties who will be involved in construction in order to accurately project all costs.
To back the project and select more than 1 reward category, choose the reward categories you would like, add the amounts from all categories chosen, select a category, pledge the total of all categories selected in one reward category. Send us a note via Kickstarter letting us know what rewards you choose to receive.
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A great big, enthusiastic THANK YOU on our website to acknowledge your contribution.Estimated delivery:
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Receive a personal note of gratitude on one of our farm scene notecards featuring the artwork of Poplar Wood Farm’s artist and professional oil painter, Madeline Taranto, and HUGE thank you on our web site.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Receive a collection of 5 local farm scene notecards (blank inside) featuring the artwork of Poplar Wood Farm’s own resident artist and professional oil painter, Madeline Taranto. An opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty that surrounds our farm.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Get your garden growing with some of our favorite transplants, your choice of a collection of 6 heirloom tomato transplants or 6 garden herb transplants shipped to your door in time for spring planting, these plants are grown by us in our greenhouse using organic methods. We'll choose a selection of our favorites and include planting and care instructions.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Get spicy! A bottle of hot sauce made with Poplar Wood Farm spicy Thai hot peppers. A taste of our farm, with a kick!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Your choice of a colorful Poplar Wood Farm market bag or organic cotton tee featuring our great new logo design. Show your support for our farm and local food each time you wear it.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Farmers Market Package - receive the market tote bag and a $20 gift certificate that you can use to fill your bag with our fresh veggies. Gift certificate can be used at our stand at any of our farmers markets.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Two tickets to our pole barn opening celebration ceremony! Sort of like an old fashioned barn raising, only the work will be done before you arrive! See the product that your contribution helped make possible. Plus your choice of a tee or market bag described above.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Two tickets to the pole barn opening celebration ceremony described above! And receive BOTH the organic cotton tee shirt and the market bag.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Vegetable garden consultation with Farmer Al. Want to start or improve your existing vegetable garden but don't know where to start? Send in your questions and photos and Farmer Al will respond with suggestions on how to create a veggie garden extraordinaire. Consultation will be via e-mailEstimated delivery:
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Name a Poplar Wood Farm 2013 baby goat (or kid in goat language). Along with naming rights you will receive 2 email photo updates, an invite to the pole barn opening ceremony, and choice of organic cotton tee shirt or market bag.Estimated delivery:
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Egg Share- receive a weekly dozen of our free range pastured, organically fed chicken eggs. Plus a tee shirt or market bag described above and an invitation to our pole barn opening ceremony. See our website, www.poplarwoodfarm.com, for complete share details and pick up locations.Estimated delivery:
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Farmer For a Day. You and a guest will spend a day at Poplar Wood Farm with Farmer Al. This educational day will be filled with conversation and farm and garden highlights and give you the opportunity to experience Poplar Wood Farm firsthand. Take home transplants for your own garden, receive an invite to the pole barn opening celebration ceremony and a Poplar Wood Farm tee or market bag for you and your guest.Estimated delivery:
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Flower Share- receive a weekly bouquet of our fresh cut flowers for an entire season. Plus a tee shirt or market bag described above and an invitation to our pole barn opening ceremony. See our website, www.poplarwoodfarm.com, for complete share details and pick up locations.Estimated delivery:
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A season of our fresh vegetables, a half share in our 2013 Community Supported Agriculture program and a Poplar Wood Farm tee or market bag, plus an invite to the pole barn opening celebration ceremony. See our website, www.poplarwoodfarm.com, for complete CSA details and pick up locations.Estimated delivery:
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A season of our fresh vegetables, a full share in our 2013 Community Supported Agriculture program plus a Poplar Wood Farm tee shirt or market bag and an invite to our pole barn opening celebration ceremony. See our website, www.poplarwoodfarm.com, for complete CSA details and pick up locations.Estimated delivery:
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Poplar Wood Farm All Star Status! Choice of a framed original oil painting by Madeline Taranto up to 11''x14'' (see http://madelinetaranto.com for more examples), a full share in our 2013 CSA Program, five tickets to our pole barn opening celebration, tee shirt or market bag, farmer for a day reward, and collection of farm scene notecards. If you are not local, we will donate the CSA share to a local food bank.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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