Hello. My Name is Cory Bryk, and I am a farmer. We are seeking funds to ensure efficient land cultivation in the future to meet the growing demand for local and sustainably produced food in our locality.
In the spring of 2007,while stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in coastal North Carolina, I met my future wife. To make a long story short, we fell in love and married one year later after I honorably fulfilled my commitment to the Marine Corps and our country. We decided to reside in my wife’s hometown of Boone, North Carolina, a beautiful town located along the Blue Ridge in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
One value that my wife brought to our marriage was her passion and convictions about eating healthy. I supposed that I was in favor of adopting this value, so one way to have access to this quality food was by my wife and I growing a garden. While we were gardening I realized that I genuinely enjoyed working the ground. Our family then started to slowly replace the various foods we consumed with food that we raised ourselves, and through this process, I realized that I wanted to be a farmer. While raising a growing family, I attended Appalachian State University where I received my Bachelors in Science in the Spring of 2012 in Sustainable Development with a concentration in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture. My most valuable education has been simply jumping into farming headfirst and an internship during the summer of 2011 at Tumbling Shoals Farm near Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Here's a link to an article done about us that was featured in Appalachian State University's online Publication:
Below is a profile video done about our farm for the Watauga County Farmer's Market:
Today, we are blessed to farm a small piece of property near our home that is owned by a very generous family we are fortunate to know. This has helped to open the door to the new agrarian life we are now living, which though challenging proves to be satisfying and rewarding.
Starting a “New Life” away from everything familiar is challenging enough, which is why we are reaching out through Kickstarter to raise sufficient funds to make sure our efforts in growing good food can be accomplished. As the demand for local and sustainable food increases in our locality, we must make sure that we can offer a reliable supply.
Next to land, a tractor is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment a farmer must obtain to actually produce food efficiently. We are adamant about making sacrifices so that we can stay out of debt, but the time comes when larger purchases must be made to see that your business accomplishes it's goals.
Cost Break Down:
Front End Loader: $4,250
Box tiller: $1800-$2200
Kickstarter/Amazon's cut: appx. $2300
(Note: A Kickstarter projects is only funded if 100% of the set goal is raised)
While rewards are not the soul reason people participate in crowd funding projects, we are offering some unique rewards as a simple thank you for your contributions. Rewards vary on the level of which you choose to contribute to our Tractor acquisition project.
Risks and challenges
Agriculture is risky in and of itself because there are so many variables that are out of your control which dictate the viability of your farm business. While owning our own tractor and implements will give us the advantage of having an essential piece of equipment at our disposal, machines need to be maintained and will eventually break down. Learning the fundamentals of sound preventative maintenance on our tractor will help mitigate the risk of mechanical failure.
Every day, we as farmers are taking a risk in putting our livelihoods at the whim of nature. Drought, flood, pests, frost, disease and any and every other variable can, with no warning, put a farm out of business. There are preventative measures we take in every area of our operation to mitigate the risk of crop failure, but in the end, we have very little control over whether we get a harvest or not.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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