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Update #3

In The Path of Hurricane Sandy

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Chestnut Ridge, NY - The winds are picking up here at The Pfeiffer Center, where we're working into the night to outrace Hurricane Sandy before we lose power.

We have until 10 p.m. this Thursday to raise $75,000 or you don't get billed and we don't get a penny. That seemed like plenty of time until local officials told us that 70 mph winds very likely will leave us without power for the next week.

We must outrace this storm! We're raised almost $40,000, more than half our goal!

Thanks to so many of you, an amazing number of backers who have doubled and tripled their initial pledges. Wow! And thanks to all of you who are posting www.KickstartTheBarn.org on your facebook pages or twitter feeds, and emailing and phoning friends with a direct appeal to help. 

If you're lucky enough to keep the lights on through the storm, you can help us by keeping up the momentum. We have four days to go and every, pledge, every penny, every tweet gets us closer to our goal!

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    Be a barn raiser! We'll thank you on our website for restoring the historic red barn.

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    Your pick of one of six original images of our Haflinger draft horses at work in the Pfeiffer Center fields. Suitable for your desktop wallpaper with up to 2560 x 1600 resolution + a website thank you.

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    The BD Barrel Compost + a website thank you. We'll send you one 8-ounce bag of our wholesome blend, perfect for houseplants, container gardens, backyards, or compost piles. Mix this in a gallon of water, stir for 20 minutes to release the nutrients, then apply. Healthy soil and compost is the foundation of healthy, biodynamic plants and produce. *Please add $10 for orders outside the US.

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    The BD Barrel Compost + a website thank you. We'll send you one 8-ounce bag of our wholesome blend, perfect for houseplants, container gardens, backyards, or compost piles. Mix this in a gallon of water, stir for 20 minutes to release the nutrients, then apply. Healthy soil and compost is the foundation of healthy, biodynamic plants and produce. *Please add $10 for orders outside the US.

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    Did you know that we farm the site of Weleda's original US garden? Our Weleda friends have provided a sampler of their biodynamic body oils.

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    Our delicious biodynamic tea blend + a website thank you. We grow biodynamic herbs in fertile soil enriched by our amazing compost. Then we use those herbs to make delicious teas. *Please add $5 for US shipping and $10 for orders outside the US.

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    NEW! Become a shiitake mushroom grower with one of former Pfeiffer intern Deb Taft's 3-foot logs. She'll include instructions on getting them to fruit. MUST PICK UP AT THE PFEIFFER CENTER!

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    One copy of "Chant," the limited-edition CD by former Pfeiffer Center intern, violin virtuoso, and Parcival Project founder Emmanuel Vukovich. Includes music by JS Bach, Brahms, Anna Sokolovic, Eugene Ysaye, and Pablo de Sarasate. With Philip Chiu on piano.

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    Gift pack of 8 note cards and envelopes with a selection of four of our favorite photographic scenes of our flowers and bees in the Pfeiffer Center garden.

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    Two tickets for the spring 2013 Traditional Barn-Raising Jamboree. Music, an old-fashioned Cake Walk for the kids, and a picnic celebration at our glorious Chestnut Ridge, NY farm, just 35 minutes from midtown Manhattan! Be there to cheer as our volunteer carpenters complete the restoration of our historic red barn.

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    One signed copy of “What Color is the Wind,” the new book from award-winning nature educator Ed Bieber. Ed’s love of nature has touched thousands of children at his Nature Place Day Camp, which takes place partly in our garden. His book gives parents four seasons of outdoor activities to enjoy with children.

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    An heirloom limited edition of our beloved children's book, "Buckwheat's Adventures in the Pfeiffer Garden," beautifully printed and an enchanting way to teach children about healthy vegetables.

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    NEW! You love her on Facebook as Eva Haflinger and tweet her @EvaTheHorse. Get your own, autographed 13" x 19" photo of our celebrity draft horse Eva. We'll let you choose from one of six images of Eva doing what she loves best: eating carrots, plowing the field, hanging out with Captain, and updating her facebook status PLUS two tickets to meet Eva and Captain at the spring barn raising.

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    Skype-a-Beek. Our resident beekeepers will take your questions via Skype in a 30-minute call at a mutually agreed upon time. Here's a great opportunity for one-on-one guidance on how to keep healthy bees. Available through November 2013.

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    Megan's Marvelous Healing Salve + a website thank you. Megan and the Pfeiffer interns whip this up using biodynamic plaintain, comfrey, yarrow, self-heal and calendula grown in our gardens, plus lavender oil and our own bees' wax. * Please add $5 for US shipping and $10 for orders outside the US.

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    One guaranteed slot in our popular spring workshop, "Begin a Vegetable Garden" with Mac Mead. Draw on Mac's 40 years of experience as you learn how to plan your garden, prepare your soil, make and use compost, do companion planting, and other essential skills that will get you gardening in the spring.

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    Paint the barn Red! Or Green! Or Purple! We'll paint your name or message in your favorite color on one board of our restored historic barn, and we'll email you a keepsake photo. Come to the barn raising - two tickets are included with this reward - and you can decorate your own board!

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    Paint the barn Red! Or Green! Or Purple! We'll paint your name or message in your favorite color on one board of our restored historic barn, and we'll email you a keepsake photo. Come to the barn raising - two tickets are included with this reward - and you can decorate your own board!

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    Your name or message engraved on a brick paver that we'll place in the restored Children's Healing Garden. Be a permanent part of the Pfeiffer Center. Up to 18 characters.

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    Farmer-For-A-Day. Pick a skill, pack your overalls, and c'mon over to the farm. We'll let you work side-by-side with Mac, Megan and our interns in the greenhouse, planting out in the field, or tilling the soil with Captain and Eva, our hardworking Haflinger draft horses. There's no better introduction to farming than with hands-on work. Lunch is on us at the Threefold Cafe! Available from February 2013 to October 2013.

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    NEW! Farmer-For-A-Day. Pick a skill, pack your overalls, and c'mon over to the farm. We'll let you work side-by-side with Mac, Megan and our interns in the greenhouse, planting out in the field, or tilling the soil with Captain and Eva, our hardworking Haflinger draft horses. There's no better introduction to farming than with hands-on work. Lunch is on us at the Threefold Cafe! Available from February 2013 to October 2013.

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    NEW! Former Pfeiffer Center intern and One-Year Biodynamic Training alum Deb Taft, owner and farmer at Mobius Fields in Westchester County, NY, will provide a half-day spring or autumn 2013 consult for your vegetable garden in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam County, NY. An invaluable opportunity to learn from a biodynamically trained market grower, and founder of Crop Mob NYC and Lower Hudson Crop Mob.

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    The BD Garden-in-a-Box. Mac Mead will select an assortment of tender herb and/or vegetable seedlings for you to pick up at the Pfeiffer Center in the spring, and we'll also give you a packet of BD compost starter. Perfect for a 10 x 10- foot garden plot.

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    The BD Garden-in-a-Box. Mac Mead will select an assortment of tender herb and/or vegetable seedlings for you to pick up at the Pfeiffer Center in the spring, and we'll also give you a packet of BD compost starter. Perfect for a 10 x 10- foot garden plot.

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    NEW! Be a Farmer For A Weekend. Invitation for two to be the guests of One-Year Biodynamic Training graduate Sally Voris from White Rose Farm in Maryland. Sally will give you a tour and let you join in the farm chores. An overnight stay and breakfast featuring the farm's pork products are included. Date through 2013 to be mutually agreed upon.

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    Learn biodynamics the Norwegian way! You'll receive two nights' stay, a few home-cooked meals, and a chance to work along at Sogn Jord- og Hagebruksskule, an organic agriculture school in Aurland, Norway, at a time in 2013 to be mutually agreed upon. (Note: Does not include transportation to and from Aurland, Norway.)

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    Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity! Mac has agreed to let Eva and Captain, our spirited Haflinger horses, take up to six children and/or adults on a hay ride through our beautiful pastures in our handcrafted wagon. Meet the horses, help us groom them and hitch them and feed them a biodynamic carrot, too! Available May through July 2013, at a mutually agreed upon time.

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    The Secret Garden. The perfect gift for a party of 12. We'll take you on a tour of our beautiful gardens, let you pick fresh greens and herbs, and we'll make a lunch of fresh salad and a pizza from our outdoor bread oven. Available June or September 2013.

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    Pfeiffer Center beekeepers Megan Durney and Bill Day will spend a day with you, inspecting your beehive(s) with you and teaching you HOLISTIC ways to support and nurture our favorite pollinators. Date to be mutually agreed upon. For distances beyond 150 miles of Chestnut Ridge, NY please add $500.

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    Harvest 2013 Candlelight dinner for 10, prepared at the Threefold Cafe by acclaimed Chef Anthony LoPinto, using BD produce grown on our farm and BD beverages. Available August or September 2013 at a mutually agreed upon date.

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    Your name on the new hand-crafted and woodchuck-proof gate to the restored Children's Healing Garden. We'll engrave your name on a brass tag that thousands of visitors will see every time they step into this magical space.

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    Mac Mead will bring his 40 years of biodynamic farming experience to your farm, suburban or city plot, school or homestead for a private one-on-one full day consultation. Date subject to Mac's availability and the weather. For distances beyond 150 miles of Chestnut Ridge, NY please add $500.

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    The "Your Name Here" Barn! That's right, we'll name our restored dairy barn for you and give you 25 tickets to our May 2013 barn raising. See your name carved in handcrafted wood above the entrance to this iconic American barn. Kickstarter only goes up to $10,000 but we think this is worth the full $75,000 and we hope you do, too!

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    It's been Crown Field since forever, but for $10,000 we'll fence out the deer and groundhogs, fill it with delicate edible leafy greens, and name the whole thing for you! This reward includes 25 tickets to the field-naming ceremony at our May 2013 barn raising celebration.

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