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A sail-powered food-trading adventure connecting the farms and forests of Lake Champlain with the Lower Hudson Valley
268 backers pledged $16,754 to help bring this project to life.
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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Download "New England Bargemen," an original sea chantey written by folk musicians Nate Wallace-Gusakov and Erik Andrus in honor of the project and the places it serves.

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    Download an advance copy of Earthhouse Productions short documentary on our project, plus download our barge chantey too.

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    8" x 10" screen print of the Vermont Sail Freight Project logo, designed by NYC graphic artist and painter Adam Hurwitz, plus the above chantey.

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    A five-pound screen-printed bag of Hayayuki short-grain japonica rice grown in Vermont on Erik's farm, delivered by sail to Burlington, Shoreham, Whitehall, Saratoga, Albany, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Tarrytown, or NYC in the fall of 2013, plus download the documentary and our barge chantey.

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    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Boatbuilding package! A pdf advance copy of study plans for our barge, plus a digital 3-d model. Included in the study plans will be a write-up of our construction process, with attention to hull, rigging, and alternative non-engine backup propulsion trials, plus detailed observations on functionality and performance of the finished prototype sailing barge, plus our documentary and our chantey.

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    Pledge US$ 60 or more About US$ 60

    T-shirt or screen print of the Vermont Sail Freight Project logo, designed by NYC graphic artist and painter Adam Hurwitz, plus either a DVD or a download of the documentary and a download of the chantey.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Did you like the sailing model featured in the video? Have one of your own, a smaller version with a hull 12" long and rigged to actually sail in a light breeze, made by Erik, project volunteers, and the Willowell students from Vermont pine, and featuring the actual lines of the full size barge and sewn red sails. Will provide unlimited battery-free fun on a small body of water (don't be an idiot and put it in a cold river like some people I know!) or look great on a mantel. Or enjoy it as the best bathtub toy ever! Simplified rig for easy sailing, and sanded and enameled to a nice finish with Ceres' actual colors.
    You also get the movie download and our barge chantey.

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    Pledge US$ 120 or more About US$ 120

    We'll publicly acknowledge your support at our launch celebration (to which you are invited) in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, this summer plus a t-shirt or screen print, a DVD or download of the documentary, and our original barge chantey. In addition, your name will be posted on our website and engraved (or possible carved in wood) in a plaque mounted inside the barge, noting you as a "friend of Ceres"

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    Pledge US$ 160 or more About US$ 160

    A bigger model gives you more sailing barge to admire, and will perform better in stronger winds and choppier waters. This one is like reward #7 but it's bigger, built to 1/24th scale making it about 20" long. It floats! It sails! Made entirely by our project crew, just like the smaller version.
    Movie download or DVD, and barge chantey download included too.

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    Pledge US$ 400 or more About US$ 400

    You and a guest join our crew for a cruise on our newly-built sailing barge on Lake Champlain this summer, and enjoy a lunch or dinner cooked on board with Champlain Valley farm goods, plus recognition at the Launch celebration, a t-shirt, and a print signed by the artist, DVD or download of the documentary, the downloadable original barge chantey, and lastly you'll be noted on our website and on the plaque on board as a "patron of Ceres"

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    Pledge US$ 800 or more About US$ 800

    You an a guest may travel south on our sailing barge with our working crew for up to half a day on our first trading voyage. A meal and refreshments prepared aboard from the goods we're carrying to market, and live music aboard included. Plus public recognition at our launch celebration, a t-shirt, signed print, DVD or download of the documentary, and of course the chantey too. Finally you are also recognized on our website and on our plaque as a "benefactor of Ceres."

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    You and a guest enjoy a backers' dinner aboard at the base of the falls in Vergennes, prepared with our contributing farmers' outstanding ingredients, plus recognition at the launch celebration, a t-shirt, and a print signed by the artist, the DVD (or download), the downloadable original barge chantey, and lastly you'll be noted on our website and on the plaque on board as a "friend of Ceres"

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