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About this project

Urban Moonshine is thrilled to announce the vision for our new project, RAILYARD, an apothecary, classroom and community herbal clinic. This project is our mission in action and we are excited to make herbal medicine more accessible to our local community through our clinic, educational offerings and herb shop.  At the same time, we are inspired to help organize the herbal community in response to the changing regulatory environment that is affecting community herbalists and herbal businesses across the country.  

A lot of thought, time and resources have been put into the project, and to complete it WE NEED YOUR HELP!  This project will only happen if our Kickstarter is successfully funded.

RAILYARD does not have the backing of big banks, so it's completion is truly in your hands.  TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!

Building RAILYARD
Building RAILYARD

What We Are Creating with Your Help

If we successfully fund the project, here’s what to expect:

RAILYARD Apothecary

RAILYARD Apothecary will be an amazing, comprehensive resource for bulk herbs, tinctures and herbal supplies- sourcing locally whenever possible.  On our shelves, you’ll find everything by Urban Moonshine, plus much more. We are thoughtfully curating products from small-scale herbalists near and far that meet our standards of quality and spirit. You’ll also find books, plants and lifestyle items beloved by herbalists; both the beautiful and the practical (think handmade knives and botanical prints!). Oh, and artisan chocolate! 

While you're here, you'll be able to choose an herbal treat from our tea menu and saddle up with your favorite read or your best friend in our cafe area.  

Tea & Tonics will be served!
Tea & Tonics will be served!

RAILYARD Clinic 

The community herbal clinic at RAILYARD is a cooperative of professionally trained practitioners. We provide access to safe, effective and compassionate support for clients who seek to use herbal medicine for self-care, through flexible one-on-one consultations that rely on the body's own innate healing capacity. We encourage healthy engagement with the natural world and are committed to lowering barriers to the access of herbal medicines whether due to finances, scheduling requirements, or immediacy of need.  

You will be able to meet with a professional herbalist to develop a long-term partnership for your healing journey and also, if desired, access skilled support for urgent needs. The clinic will partner with RAILYARD Apothecary to provide you with custom-blended herbs and extracts.

RAILYARD Classroom  

We want to build a place to stimulate learning and conversation.  Our educational offerings will offer something for everyone. You'll hear a range of perspectives - herbalists, growers, physicians and allied practitioners and have access to the format that works best for you.  Not only will we offer on-site intensives, community classes, and focused, short-format discussions, but also an online platform that will make our offerings available to you anywhere in the country. 

RAILYARD Class Offerings
RAILYARD Class Offerings

RAILYARD Studio

A versatile space that will be home to a kundalini yoga studio and a handful of other community classes. The space is cozy yet expansive, with tall ceilings and wide panel windows. 

Demonstration Pollinator and Medicinal Gardens + Public Art

While we love open fields and wild forests, we believe that there is an equal place for, and need of, herbalism in the heart of urban landscapes. We're planting gardens to weave some of the green wild back into this place while embracing its rugged industrial history.

We have already begun partnering with students from the University of Vermont to survey the area and envision what this part of the project could look like. Given our cozy proximity to the railroad, the gardens will be an educational tool and pollinator oasis rather than a source of herbs for the apothecary.

We plan to work with the talented local artist Mary Lacy to create a mural bringing life and color to the sprawling concrete walls that are the front of our building. Expect wild plants and buzzing pollinators to add a little beauty and spunk to the place.  We're excited to partner with local talent to offer public art for all to enjoy in this historic part of town!

Growing herbs for inspiration and education!
Growing herbs for inspiration and education!

The Future of Herbal Medicine

A Place to Organize

We are ready to host the herbal community as we navigate our collective response to the increased FDA scrutiny that's putting trusted herbalists and herbal companies out of business.  Having been a target of FDA scrutiny over the past few years, we're in a unique position to share what we've learned.  We plan on hosting The Future of Herbalism forums so that we can put all of our heads and hearts together and take action to keep our beloved herbal traditions securely intact.  

Integration and Collaboration

We know that traditional herbalists, even when they work in a modern setting, are some of the best practitioners to support innate vitality, empower folks to take charge of their health, and rewild the human experience. RAILYARD will be a platform to develop awareness of how important and effective herbalists can be in the current healthcare system, by deepening our collaborative partnerships with physicians and allied practitioners through the clinic, and bringing those partners in to our educational curriculum to cross-pollinate diverse perspectives on human and ecological health.

Join us!
Join us!

What We Need Your Help With!

Dreaming, planning, becoming...
Dreaming, planning, becoming...
 

We have been busy breathing new life into an old industrial building abutting the train tracks on Burlington's waterfront.  In our renovations, we've added walls and ceilings, windows and doors, splashes of color, and all the proper nooks and crannies to house the various branches of RAILYARD.  However, there have been some unexpected bumps in the road, so to complete the project we need community backing. 

EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! We are ready to support the herbal community, we are ready to support our local community, we are ready to support you!  But first we need your support to do it. If we meet our funding goal, here's how we'll use the funds to complete the project:  

  • Creating our Classroom: This space was designed as Urban Moonshine's new production space, but with the unexpected need to outsource due to the FDA's clamp-down on herbal producers, we are reclaiming it as a classroom.  This will take a bit of work!  Funds will be used for sound proofing and acoustics, installing an educational kitchen, partitions for the space, etc.
  • Classroom Equipment: Tables and chairs, A/V equipment, lighting, webcast software for live broadcasting classes
  • Creating our Community Clinic: It takes a lot to get a community clinic off the ground, and we would like to do it with as little debt as possible because we are committed to accessibility.  We need to not only complete our infrastructure, but also make the space welcoming and functional with blinds, desks, seating, and shelving.
  • Demonstration Pollinator and Medicinal Gardens: Raised beds, soil testing, signs, seating, plants and trees.
  • Mural: Hiring Mary Lacy to broadcast plants and pollinators as public art!
  • Completing our Apothecary:  With a few finishing touches, we hope for this to be a health-inspiring, memorable place and draw people from all parts of the community. Although we have invested a lot into this space all ready, extra funds will be used for additional shelving and seating.  Our goal is to host a lot of community and DIY classes in this space.  Help us meet our goal!   

Kickstarter Rewards

A sampling of our REWARD offerings!
A sampling of our REWARD offerings!
Something for everyone...
Something for everyone...
We just added this awesome STICKER to our rewards option!
We just added this awesome STICKER to our rewards option!

Risks and challenges

If our project is successfully funded, our risk lies in ensuring that people show up since we are located just off the beaten path. To this end, we designed RAILYARD to be a destination and anticipate a regular flow of traffic from class attendees, folks visiting the clinic, and Northern Vermonter's in need of herbs and herbal supplies.
Given the current FDA environment around herbalism, there is also the risk that herb shops may begin being regulated in an unprecedented manner. We certainly hope this is not the case, and part of our mission here at RAILYARD is to organize and act as herbalists to ensure our herbal traditions remain in tact.

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    GRATITUDE + A Cup of Tea
    We are so grateful for your support! Stop by RAILYARD for a cup of tea on us. Good for locals or those who plan to visit. This offer never expires!

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    BITTER, DIRTY & WILD - STICKER
    We're pretty sure every herbalist will love this sticker! A rugged burdock photo accompanied by our favorite new saying. Be sure to scroll down to our reward images to see this!

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    NEW ARTICHOKE AND RAW HONEY BITTERS, 1/2 oz SPRAY

    Be on the exclusive list to receive the first release of Urban Moonshine's tasty new Artichoke and Raw Honey Bitters.

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    EXPAND YOUR MIND, INSPIRE YOUR SPIRIT
    Voucher for a community class at RAILYARD (2 hours or less). Come learn and play with us and choose from a wide list of classes like Local Food as Medicine, DIY Herbal Cordials, Winter Wellness for the Whole Family, and Herbs for Kids. Good for classes offered in 2016.

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    ORIGINAL BITTERS + MINI DANDELION PRINT
    Whether you are seeking the digestive benefits or recreating classic cocktails, these aromatic digestive bitters are certified organic and handcrafted to please everyone. Includes a 2 oz bitters bottle and a beautiful 5x5" hand drawn botanical print.

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    BOTANICAL PRINTS- DANDELION + ROSE
    Artful and meticulously hand-drawn prints of herbal favorites dandelion and rose. Add beauty and inspiration to your walls at home or at work. Or, keep them on hand as quick gifts for your herb-loving friends. 8.5"x11"

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    HERBAL SURPRISE BOX
    Let us surprise you with a variety of extra special, herb-inspired sweets and treats. Opening this box will bring a smile to any herbalist's face!

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    BOOK + BITTERS
    An autographed copy of Guido Mase's WILD MEDICINE SOLUTION. With your book, you'll get a 2 oz bottle of URBAN MOONSHINE CHAMOMILE BITTERS, an aromatic favorite.

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    BOOK + BITTERS
    Jovial and Guido are publishing a comprehensive and visually compelling new book, DIY BITTERS. To be released June 2016, you'll receive an autographed copy of this first print. With your book, you'll get a 2 oz bottle of URBAN MOONSHINE MAPLE BITTERS.

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    NEW RELEASE - SIMMER DOWN + HIT THE HAY
    Sleep and restorative formulas launching March 2016. You'll receive the very first batch delivered to your doorstep.

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    DIY BITTERS BLENDING CLASS FOR BARTENDERS
    We love using our herbal expertise to craft refined, intelligent cocktails. Come to RAILYARD and learn the art of bitters with our master blenders. You'll leave with your own custom blend and all the info and inspiration to keep creating. For professional and aspiring bartenders alike. A class will be held in April and again in May.

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    HERBAL BITTERS: GREAT FOR DIGESTION, BUT SO MUCH MORE! taught by Guido Mase
    Jan 6, 2016, 5-9pm
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    Once regarded as a simple drink mixer, we are learning more and more about how important bitters are for a range of health complaints. Review the research on bitters for digestion, and explore the emerging science on how bitter taste receptors regulate appetite, energy metabolism, and inflammation in the body. We will discuss recipes and templates as well as differentiate between the strong, eupeptic bitters and the gentler, more nutritive bitters and how to dose and blend them into formulas.

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    MENTAL HEALTH: NEUROTRANSMITTER MODULATION, THE MIRCOBIOME, AND ENTHEOGENS taught by Guido Mase
    March 23, 2016, 5-9pm
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    In the last decade, exciting research has shown how inflammatory nerve injury, heart rate variability, disruptions in gut flora, and entheogens can impact mood. By examining three case studies (depression and brain injury; substance abuse and addiction; and adult “attention deficit”) we will explore how to leverage these insights. Learn a clear methodology for evaluating the components of mental health and a flexible protocol to nourish and rebalance.

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    HERBAL SURPRISE BOX - DELUXE
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    CLINIC SESSION + 8 OZ TEA BLEND
    Come visit our herbal clinicians and learn more about your body and how herbs can support your health. Your first visit will be free and includes an 8 oz custom tea blend.

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    URBAN MOONSHINE HERB SCHOOL
    An awesome deal that enrolls you in our 16 week online exploration of herbal medicine taught by herbalist Guido Mase. ($150 value)

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    BOTANICAL PRINTS- SET OF 8
    Artful and meticulously hand-drawn prints. Includes dandelion, rose, tulsi, nettle, echinacea, ginseng, goldenseal and chamomile. Add beauty and inspiration to your walls at home or at work. Or, keep them on hand as quick gifts for your herb-loving friends.

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    URBAN MOONSHINE TRIO GIFT BOX
    A beautifully packaged set of our most popular formulas. Includes 2 oz bottles of the following: IMMUNE ZOOM, JOY TONIC, ORIGINAL BITTERS.

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    HERBAL FIRST AID GIFT BOX
    Load your medicine cabinet and stay healthy with Urban Moonshine's Herbal First Aid formulas. A beautifully packaged set that includes one each of our 2 oz IMMUNE ZOOM, 4 oz CHEST CLEAR, and 1 oz THROAT SPRAY.

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    NEW RELEASE CLUB 2016
    We have 5 new products launching in early 2016. You'll receive the very first batch of them, divided into two shipments.

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    RAILYARD HERBAL BUYERS CLUB
    Awesome insider pricing on all of our herbs, products and classes. Great for family, community and professional herbalists alike!

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    PRIVATE DIY HERBAL BLENDING PARTY
    Bring a group of up to 15 friends into RAILYARD after hours for a private DIY class on salve making, bitters blending, or herbal cordials. For kids or adults! Each person walks away with their own delightful creation.

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    NATURAL SCIENCE FOR HERBALISTS, 2 WEEKEND INTENSIVE with Guido Mase
    --Feb. 4-5, March 5-6 2016- ALL DAY--
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    In this intensive class, we will explore concepts in natural science beginning at the fabric of space-time and ending at the nucleated cell. A focus on atoms, inorganic and organic chemistry, reactions and reaction kinetics, physical concepts such as diffusion, osmosis, and gradients will be grounded in practical experiments and demonstrations, as well as multimedia presentations.

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    URBAN MOONSHINE HOLIDAY TREASURE CHEST
    Cross off the top of your holiday shopping list! This holiday dream box includes a mix and match of our favorite and most popular products + 5 beautiful GIFT BOXES so that you can mix and match gifts as you please. Give the gift of health to everyone on your shopping list!
    The TREASURE CHEST includes:
    8- Travel Sprays (perfect stocking-stuffers!)
    7- 2 oz bottles
    4- 4 oz bottles
    2- 8 oz bottles
    Guaranteed delivery by 12/21.

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    URBAN MOONSHINE HOLIDAY TREASURE CHEST, DELUXE
    All your holiday shopping taken care of in one swoop! This holiday dream box includes a mix and match of our favorite and most popular products + 10 beautiful GIFT BOXES so that you can mix and match gifts as you please. Give the gift of health to everyone on your shopping list!
    The TREASURE CHEST includes:
    15- Travel Sprays (perfect stocking-stuffers!)
    15- 2 oz bottles
    8- 4 oz bottles
    4- 8 oz bottles
    Guaranteed delivery by 12/21.

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    BUSINESS WELLNESS PROGRAM, 2016
    Let your employees enjoy all the benefits the apothecary has to offer including classes, herbs and products and member only special offers.

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Funding period

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