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I have grown the herbs.  Now I need your support for the last step, to purchase the containers needed to launch my herbal tea business.
I have grown the herbs. Now I need your support for the last step, to purchase the containers needed to launch my herbal tea business.
189 backers pledged $13,620 to help bring this project to life.

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A Passion for Growing the Highest Quality Herbs and Blending Delicious Herbal Teas

I am a 29 year old single guy trying to make a living doing what I love - small scale sustainable farming.  For me, its all about farming for health.

I grow herbs in dense poly-cultures in biologically rich soils. Choice leaves and flowers are carefully cut, dried and hand processed to maintain maximum vitality. 75% of inputs for these teas come from my or neighboring farms.  Few people have ever seen (or tasted) a tea like this before.

The herbs are grown and the blends are ready - I am running this KickStarter to raise funds for the glass retail packs you see below. 

 The 2017 Sacred Blossom Farm Herbal Tea Collection:

Our labels mocked up on sample packaging.
Our labels mocked up on sample packaging.

 

Tiger:  My favorite. This rich lemon-spice herbal tea promotes sustained, focused energy. Serve hot or mix with honey and serve cold.

Tiger: A base of Tulsi*, India's holiest herb, fortified with Lemongrass*, Elderberry* Ginseng*, Ginko Biloba*, Elderflower*, Safflower and Thyme'.
Tiger: A base of Tulsi*, India's holiest herb, fortified with Lemongrass*, Elderberry* Ginseng*, Ginko Biloba*, Elderflower*, Safflower and Thyme'.

 

Angel:  Most people's favorite. A variety of nourishing herbs will sooth the mind and body and delight the palate with its sweet, lightly minty, extra-especially delicious flavor. Serve hot or cold.

Angel: Milky Oats*, Nettle*, Calendula', Apple*, Lemon Balm*, Spearmint*, Elderberry*, Fennel, Rose Petals, Beets*, Peppermint*, Stevia.
Angel: Milky Oats*, Nettle*, Calendula', Apple*, Lemon Balm*, Spearmint*, Elderberry*, Fennel, Rose Petals, Beets*, Peppermint*, Stevia.

 

Moon:  California Poppy* is the basis for my favorite ever bedtime tea. I blend it with chamomile and an array of fragrant herbs - very tasty. Originally, I wanted to name this blend "Bulldozer".

Moon: California Poppy*, Chamomile, Milky Oats*, Apple*, Lavender, Sage', Anise Hyssop*, Hyssop*, Corn Flower, Blue Vervain*
Moon: California Poppy*, Chamomile, Milky Oats*, Apple*, Lavender, Sage', Anise Hyssop*, Hyssop*, Corn Flower, Blue Vervain*

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*  Grown at Sacred Blossom Farm or local partner farm.

'  We didn't produce quite enough this first year. Partially grown at Sacred Blossom Farm or at a local partner farm.

What is the Kickstarter money being used for? I have been working on this project for years. I've invested everything and worked very hard to get my farm and the herbal teas to this point. I've connected with local coffee shops and grocery co-ops - they are keen to carry my product.

Now, for the best chance of commercial success, I need packaging that will showcase my teas so they really stand out on store shelves.   The minimum order is really high.  It is going to cost $12,000 to purchase the containers and labels. I am so close but I need your support!

About Tony DiMaggio and Sacred Blossom Farm:

I have been farming for nine years, always learning. Six Seasons at Natura Farms in Minnesota apprenticing under Paul Otten, 1 ½ years on an “organic farm world tour” and 1 ½ years in Southern Oregon, America's herb production capital. God willing, I will continue farming for many years to come. For me, this is an incredibly interesting and rewarding vocation.

I farm because I love working hard, with the living earth, under the sun. I farm for health: my health, your health and the health of the planet. I am very proud to produce something tangible and of the highest value for my fellow man. It's not about the money; if money were my main motivator, I would have chosen ANY other occupation first.

The Start of Sacred Blossom Farm.  I have had the name ready for a long time but only this spring I secured a long term lease on a beautiful 60 acre farm in Mondovi, WI. Early in the spring I bought grow lights and had near perfect success with my seedlings. With my savings and the help of my wonderful Amish neighbors I was able to finish building my 1100 sq ft, mostly solar powered herb drier just in time for summer. I kept a weed free field and was able to surpass all of my production goals. I produced 1,200# of dried plant material. Most of this I grew on my farm and some ingredients (ginko biloba, elderberries, elderflower, apples, oats and some mint) I harvested with my neighbors on their farms and dried at my facility.

Life in Wisconsin:  I love my rural agrarian life. I wake up early and work until it gets dark, practically every day. I get along great with my wonderful neighbors, even if I don't quite fit in. A couple times each week I go to the only restaurant in my rural Wisconsin town and sit at the big round table and yak with the old-timing GMO corn farmers. The other half of my neighbors are Amish and my farm serves as the Amish telephone booth. Funny, I spend more time (and have more in common) with my organic vegetable producing Amish neighbors than with the conventional folk. One young Amish gentleman told me they live the way they do so they can “live closer to God” and I feel much the same way about my lifestyle.

This spring I built one of the largest herb driers in the upper mid-west.
This spring I built one of the largest herb driers in the upper mid-west.

Thank you to everyone for your support.  You are supporting local, sustainable agriculture. A healthier you and a healthier planet. Most importantly you are supporting my life and my dreams. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. 

When the teas arrive at your door, you will be glad you did!

Tony DiMaggio

Tony@SacredBlossomFarm.com

PS.  Please help me find my next fan. Share this with your tea drinking family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances!

An example of the 66 serving "family size" containers that I use myself.
An example of the 66 serving "family size" containers that I use myself.

 

Risks and challenges

My dream is to one day support a family with this farm business. There are a million steps between here and there but this is a great place to start.

As for this year, the herbs are grown, dried and ready. The recipes are awesome. I even have a great website. Now, I just need to purchase the packaging so I can get my herbs into the hand (and mouths) of the people who will enjoy them.

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    A Sample

    We will send you nine servings of all three herbal teas from our 2017 collection packaged in stand up pouches.

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    The 2017 Herbal Tea Collection

    In this sample pack you'll get a 1.35 oz glass container (19+ servings) of all three teas from my first year farming independently.

    Tiger is my favorite and people have been going nuts for Angel. The California Poppy in Moon makes it a lovely bedtime tea but you might like it as an after work unwinding tea. They will cost $12 each in the Co-op grocery stores so this is a good deal and you are really helping me out.

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    Reward #1 + Strainer and Honey

    Do you need a loose leaf tea strainer? This large basket strainer works really well for whole leaf teas. It fits in any cup.
    This honey is from my neighbors hives and I think it is particularly nice.

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    Family Size

    The 2017 Collection in 1 liter glass canisters, 2 whole leaf tea strainers and honey.
    57 servings of each flavor packaged in the same 1 liter sturdy glass jar I use myself. Keep the jar and fill it up next year at discounted rates.

    We grow most of this stuff. That means once the tea is sold out, there won't be more until the next year's collection. This is a nice quantity to order for a family that enjoys tea.

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    Tony Recommends: Family Size

    The 2017 Collection in 1 liter glass canisters. These are the packages I give to family and I use at home. 66 servings of each flavor, about enough to last the year. This will be the first reward delivered in March. Keep the jar and fill it up next year with the 2018 collection.

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    Generosity by the dozen

    Our beautiful, delicious teas in glass containers make awesome gifts. This reward will save you time and money (not to mention really help me out!). Pledge $120 and I'll send you a dozen jars of tea. You'll have hostess gifts and birthday presents, thank you's and "Oops, I'm sorry gifts" on hand whenever you need them. If you're really kind and generous, (Or screw up a lot) pledge $240 and get two dozen.

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    Family Size + 2 Strainers and Honey

    The 2017 Collection, a total of 171 servings of tea, 2 strainers and honey. Save the glass jars for next year!

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    Community Supported Herbal Tea

    Lots of tea and tons of other special goodies from the farm for years to come.

    If you help me at this level I'll send you a liter jar of each tea, the awesome honey and two nifty strainers. And that's not all.

    With this package you'll become a Sacred Fan. As a Sacred Fan you'll get 6 more jars of tea from the 2017 Collection to gift away to your friends (to help spread the word). Then, for the next two years you will get to sample the blends when they are in the trial stage and provide feedback. You will receive the 2018 and 2019 Collections once they are released. You'll get limited edition teas and some test products (dried culinary herbs, seasoned salts, salves and anything else we need guinea pigs for) and other random gifts from the farm. It will be fun, you will get a lot of botanicals and your involvement and feed back will help shape Sacred Blossom Farm's future.

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    Angel

    As an Angel contributor you'll get everything listed above plus we'll make a special plaque with your name on it to hang in the herb dryer. I will think about your generosity and support every time I go in there. We'll also send you a sample of every tea blend for the next five years.

    In addition we'll keep a special mug here for you so you can have a cup of tea any time you want to stop over and visit the farm.

    Is there an angel investor out there? If you're interested in discussing deeper involvement in the farm to help us purchase equipment, grow our business and succeed, please get in touch.

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