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"Eat Them INTO House And Home" will benefit food pantries, soup kitchens and small, struggling family farms with donations and services

"Eat Them INTO House And Home" will benefit food pantries, soup kitchens and small, struggling family farms with donations and services Read More
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About this project

The first phase of this project was RememoriesOf.com, a nostalgia social media site for individuals who grew up during the four decades after World War II. We needed a successful marketing platform with upper income, educated and healthy living demographics that would provide the sales we would need to support our community improvements through the P.S. Tiamo, phase two of the project.

Pic Links to Our Version of Stone Soup
Pic Links to Our Version of Stone Soup

Food pantries and soup kitchens seldom receive adequate donations of spices and herbs  and often must buy what they need. We planned to launch P.S. Tiamo, using the slogan "Eat Them INTO House & Home" by using some of the profits from RememoriesOf.com to supply spices and herbs to food pantries and soup kitchens.

The safest, most consistent form of food enhancers is as extracted distillates.  Distillation removes the contaminants that are legally present in fresh or dried spices and herbs.   It also greatly extends the product's shelf life.

This is the form used in commercial food manufacturing and will be the form of our in kind donations. But to make our donations go further, we plan to process the spices and herbs ourselves.

The Distillates
The Distillates

Most essential oils are produced in China and India. Operations based in the United States usually focus on higher end gift items like scented soaps or massage lotions.

Spices, herbs and distillates will be obtained through contracted futures options purchased from local, small farms, and, when local sources aren't available,  on the open market. To keep costs lower, we are located in Upstate New York, a region that is overpopulated with struggling small, family farms in need of new cash crops.  We intend to use small, local farms and perhaps amateur gardeners as our primary suppliers. (Farm-supplied distillates are from the facility rentals mentioned below)

(For more information on the benefits for small farms, please view the U.N. study we posted at http://RememoriesOf.com/UN.pdf  . Earning a living on small, family farms is a world-wide problem. )

Each donation we will make will benefit a local nonprofit as it puts money into the hands of a struggling family farm.

Packaged distinctively for gifts, and marketed through RememoriesOf.com (where our ads have a click through rate of over 33%) , in bulk to restaurants and at cost for our donations, P.S. Tiamo will be operated with 'just in time' supply and production to keep the operations debt free.

For easy access to an abundance of free advice from one of the world's top agricultural colleges, we are locating close to a Cornell Extension Service office for professional guidance and assistance.

This funding proposal is for the purpose of purchasing suitable equipment for commercial distilling of herbs and spices that will be grown on small farms in Upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. One distilling unit will be a custom-made, experimental unit, with a Stirling Engine built into the condenser to recycle much of the energy back into the evaporation chamber.

Extractor
Extractor

Other costs will be covered through a portion of our profits from affiliate commissions on our RememoriesOf.com site, and from sales of our imprinted products.

Risks and challenges

The P.S. Tiamo project is designed to run up to three months behind cash flow and crop growing cycles.

Since most anticipated sales are expected to be for donations, we can contract with local farmers for our choice of crops before planting, or from other suppliers if they are not available locally. Small amounts of distilled product will be stockpiled for online sales, with production easily ramped up for holiday seasons.

To keep the equipment in use, we will offer farmers the option of renting our facilities when extracts on hand are sufficient for P.S. Tiamo commitments. This will assist farm stands and farmers' markets by giving even the smallest farms new, valued added versions of their produce.

Rental fees will be based on a percentage of the produced extracts.

When mishandled, some essential oils can burn or irritate skin. When ingested, excess amounts can cause allergic reactions in some people.

In these litigious 2,000s, P.S. Tiamo will maintain excessive liability insurance in anticipation of the inevitable, nuisance lawsuits.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00 USD

    For the next year, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15 USD

    We redesigned the government's food pyramid guide into an attractive, easier to understand heart shape.(The heart that logos for this project) It's yours as a refrigerator magnet for this donation.

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20 USD

    A one ounce bottle of mint oil from our initial production, with directions for its use in your recipes.

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20 USD

    A one ounce bottle of basil oil from our initial production, with directions for its use in your recipes.

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30 USD

    Two, one ounce bottles of oils from our initial production, with directions for their use in your recipes.

    The samplers will be basil and mint because we already have suppliers for those two.herbs.

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35 USD

    To introduce our "Eat Them INTO House & Home" donations to selected nonprofits and restaurants, we designed a promotional package that incorporates the "Stone Soup" fable.

    Our version stars soldiers from The Battle of Gettysburg and a clay marble instead of a stone.

    The outer box of the package is an old style "cigar" box, branded "Army of the Potomac / Field Ration" to mimic a small, hardtack shipping box.

    Inside is a parchment scroll of our version of the story and a metal display case that contains a muslin hardtack pouch, five Civil War era clay marbles, a Civil War era bullet with impact marks and four pieces of hardtack (Recently, but authentically baked)

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40 USD

    A one ounce bottle of mint oil from our initial production, with directions for its use in your recipes AND the equivalent amount of dried mint from the same harvest --- Compare for yourself!

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    Six months of "Monthly Essentials"', a flavor-of-the-month-club.

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175 USD

    One year of "Monthly Essentials"', a flavor-of-the-month-club.

    Also,
    For the next five years, every donation made to a nonprofit food pantry or soup kitchen will include an honor roll which credits those who make this pledge with the success of "Eat Them INTO House & Home".

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    Your name will be engraved on a brass plaque that will be permanently attached to the front of an extractor. (Confirmed by photograph and receipt for plaque.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)