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Fencing organic pasture in Iowa to increase the local milk supply. Increased availability of milk = more Kalona SuperNatural products!
Fencing organic pasture in Iowa to increase the local milk supply. Increased availability of milk = more Kalona SuperNatural products!
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Fencing Fields to Increase the Certified Organic Milk Supply

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In today’s marketplace, consumer demand for organic dairy exceeds supply. This is because people are seeking healthy alternatives, they care about the environment and they are interested in where their food is coming from and the farming practices used. 

Our Fencing Fields project will increase the supply of certified organic, grass-fed milk by offering a custom grazing program to Kalona's Amish and Mennonite dairy farmers. This program will allow the farmers to increase the size of their herds by providing access to fenced, organic grazing pasture at Marilyn Farms. The increased availability of organic milk will allow Farmers Creamery to produce more, delicious Kalona SuperNatural™ products!

The money raised will be used to install fencing at Marilyn Farms to create the grazing pasture for this program.

Fencing at Marilyn Farms

Marilyn Farms has 600 acres of organic pasture available for local Kalona Amish and Mennonite dairy farmers to graze their cows. In order for these farmers to partner with Marilyn Farms and use the land, it must be fenced. The Kickstarter campaign will raise money to install fencing at Marilyn Farms creating custom grazing pasture for organic dairy cows. Both mature, milk-producing cows and young heifers that cannot yet be milked are currently being grazed on these local Amish and Mennonite farms. USDA organic regulations stipulate specific amounts of pasture, per animal, per year. By fencing the organic pasture at Marilyn farms, local dairy farmers would be able to custom graze their non-producing heifers off-site during the growing season. This would leave more room for mature, milk-producing dairy cows on their farms, resulting in an increase supply of organic milk that will be used to produce more Kalona SuperNatural products. According to a Bloomberg Business report, sales of organic milk increased 9.5% in 2014.* More specifically, demand for minimally processed Kalona SuperNatural products is up over 40%!

The Fencing Fields Kickstarter campaign will help Farmers Creamery and the Kalona SuperNatural brand meet consumer demand while also supporting local farmers.

Here is an outline of where the fencing will be placed. The green section will be fenced first with the $20,000 raised, followed by the other sections after the initial goal has been reached. 

The products offered by Kalona SuperNatural™ contain fresh, locally-sourced, certified organic milk from pasture-grazed cows.Six days a week, milk from these local Amish and Mennonite farms arrives at our creamery and is gently processed so we can deliver your milk in the most natural state possible. One of the most unique aspects of Kalona SuperNatural™ is that it is truly grassroots. Unlike larger companies, we know each and every farmer we work with. We visit their land. We know their families. We understand how and why they created their product. Whether it is organic eggs, milk, cheese, or yogurt, we are invested in the lives of our producers and, in turn, they are invested in the integrity of the product we send to market. Together, we take pride in the products that bear the Kalona SuperNatural™ name.

If we exceed our $20,000 goal, the money will be used to fence sections 2-4 (see map above), run a pipeline for a watering system and will also used to rebuild the pasture ground!

*A successfully funded project must pay Kickstarter a 5% fee and also payment processing fees, which can run up to 5%. 

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The Kalona News

The Heavy Table

Iowa City Press Citizen

Corridor Business Journal

Iowa Grocery Industry Association

KCII Radio

Iowa Public Radio

The Gourmet Retailer

Thanks from all of us at Farmers Creamery & Marilyn Farms! 

Risks and challenges

Fencing the Fields at Marilyn Farms is the first step of this project. After the Fencing Fields campaign is completed, we will launch additional campaigns that focus on rebuilding the pasture ground and running pipeline for a watering system. If we exceed our goal of $20,000, the money will be used to jumpstart these projects!

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*http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-10/not-only-hipsters-cry-when-u-s-grocers-run-out-of-organic-milk

*Travel to & from Farmers Creamery, lodging, and dinning expenses not included. One free meal is included with a $250 donation if user participates in a tour.

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