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Let's finish the cider house at Breezy Hill Orchard and start making artisan hard ciders and meads in it again!
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In 2003, we had a devastating fire that destroyed much of our home farm. After 10 years, we are finally rebuilding our cider house and we need your help!!

We are seeking funds to rebuild our historic 1820 cider house so we can expand production of our artisan ciders and meads to be sold in our farmers markets. We have a community of friends and supporters and want to get this finished before summer. We will use the funds to finish the building, close up the walls and buy cider tanks and equipment. Please join us, rewards include prints of our beautiful woodcuts, mead/cider home-brewing kits or opportunties to come and feast and celebrate at the farm. 

Sunshine on Breezy Hill apples
Sunshine on Breezy Hill apples

Elizabeth Ryan  is a full-time farmer and owns Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, NY. She is a founding farmer of NYC's greenmarket.  In addition Elizabeth operates Stone Ridge Orchard and Knoll Krest Farm and is committed to producing healthy local food as sustainably as possible.  Working with local schools and CSA's, she has been honored for her contributions to sustainable agriculture.  Breezy Hill Orchard is managed organically and their 2 other farms are certified in an eco/fair trade program.

The schoolhouse at Breezy Hill Orchard
The schoolhouse at Breezy Hill Orchard

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges: one of the greatest risks we face is the weather. This is an outdoor project that could be affected or delayed considerably by weather, especially extreme weather. In addition to the direct effects of weather on the project, weather or other factors beyond our control can affect employees and subcontractors. For example delays on other jobs or delays getting materials could cause delays finishing the project, especially if they require special ordering. We are committed to sourcing as many local sustainable inputs as possible. We do not anticipate problems but our wood is primarily sourced from a local sawmill, so if they have problems getting wood it would affect this project. We are in close communication with them and they have given us assurances that they have enough supply. There is always the possibility that something unexpected could happen.

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    Our thanks, and a beautiful set of 5 notecards with our woodcuts on them and membership to the inciders club!

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    Your choice of our woodcut logo t-shirt in the size of your choice!

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    Your choice of a DIY mead or hard cider kit!!

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    2 tickets to the May 18 annual Wassail with artisan local foods, live Balkan music by world famous brass band Zlatne Uste and Romani musicians from Macedonia. Come sing, feast and dance with us as we celebrate spring and sing to the orchard!

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    A signed and framed full size (28x32) print of our woodcut poster!

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    Lunch for 4 at the orchard. This can be redeemed at a mutually convenient date anytime until October 31, 2013.

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    Amazing local food dinner for 10 with live Balkan music in the orchard, this can be redeemed any time until Jan 1, 2014 at a mutually agreed upon date. We encourage groups to go in on this together!

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