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Update #3

From our Hearts at Angelic Organics

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Dear Friends,

Today is the end of our campaign for "Barns are for People, Too." We reached over 25% of our goal, over $38,000. Since we did not reach our target, you will not be charged for your pledges, and the farm receives nothing. Although we are disappointed that we did not reach our goal, we are thrilled that over 600 people came together to support us; many people faithfully spread the word through social media; and the farm staff and Learning Center staff came together regularly in passionate resolve to promote the project.

So much heart went into "Barns are for People, Too." Although the target was not reached, those of us who worked on the campaign will move forward to achieve our goal of making our barns safe, functional and beautiful for the thousands who visit each year. 

We plan to re-group soon, and devise a future strategy for getting our barns in shape. This may involve another crowdfunding campaign. You will probably hear from us again, and we hope that you will again offer support to this important vision for the farm and the greater community.

Let's Stay in Touch. If you have not been receiving updates for "Barns are for People, Too"  through our Constant Contact mailing list, then we do not have your name in our records, and will not be able to let you know our next plan for fixing our barns. You can receive updates by signing up here for the Farmer John mailing list. You can also follow us at www.Facebook.com/AngelicOrganics  .

Thank you so much for your pledges and other support for "Barns are for People, Too." We have taken your gifts to heart.

The barns still need work; we will make it happen. That's what farmers do.

The Farm, by Jefferson Airplane

Onward,

Farmer John and the Angelic Organics Team

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Update #2

Our Final Week!

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This has been an incredible campaign, thanks to all of you.

We've raised more than $30,000. That's a HUGE amount of money for a sustainable organic & biodynamic farm. But it's not enough.

At 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day, if we fall short by even a penny, we lose it all. Gone! You're not billed and we can't fix our barns.

Here's how you can help us make some magic and reach our goal:

Bring your laptop and join us for dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Sunday, either at The Learning Center office in Chicago or here at Angelic Organics Farm in Caledonia, IL.

We'll be tweeting and posting on Facebook and emailing EVERYONE!  RSVP to Haidy@angelicorganics.com if you would like to join us.

Can't join us? You can still be the difference. 

Ask your best friend to pledge. Tweet. Pick up the phone and brag about us to someone you love. Post KickstartFarmerJohn.com on facebook and tell your friends just how critical it is to all of us to preserve places in this country for kids and would-be farmers and people who crave organic produce.

We grow here. We teach. We provide a place for people who yearn to taste a carrot still warm from the earth, to go eyeball to eyeball with a goat, to hear a rooster crow.

Thanks for being a part of this fabulous effort,

The staff here at Angelic Organics and Farmer John Peterson.


Update #1

Our First Milestone!

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You've really stepped up in the week since we launched "Barns Are For People, Too!" Thank you!

It's been thrilling to see strong support from members of our CSA, all of the friends of the Angelic Organics Farm and the Learning Center, fans of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" and good friends, including Alice Waters and Michael Pollan.

We're at $15,000 with a big job ahead of us before our Valentine's Day deadline.

You can get us to our goal, and be a part of the transformation of our dairy barn and corn crib into functional and beautiful community spaces for all of us who love farms, food and community.

Post www.KickstartFarmerJohn.com on your facebook page. Email 10 friends and ask them to pledge. Share our website on your blog or mailing list.

Give everyone an opportunity to support a great American farm!


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    We'll pick one of 8 Farmer John lapel pins for you to proudly wear + website thanks.

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    "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" DVD + website thanks

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    NEW! Our Learning Center's handmade soaps. We milk the goats and blend herbs, flowers and essential oils to make these beautiful molded bars. We'll send you two perfect bars in the shapes and scents of our choice.

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    Own the full collection of 8 unique Farmer John pins OR select the limited edition "Farmer John loves me" pin. Grown men have been known to weep upon losing their Farmer John pin.

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    Two tickets to our 2014 spring party to celebrate our completed community spaces. Tour our refurbished barn and corn crib & enjoy an organic picnic lunch.

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    Autographed copy of Farmer John's cookbook. Just 18 remain and when they're gone, they're gone!

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    May Day Masquerade! Two tickets for our May 4, 2013 grown-ups-only party here at the farm. Bring your own costume or choose from our fabulous collection of masks, make-up, hats and garb. Food! Drink! Dance! Overnight outdoor camping optional.

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    Farmer-For-A-Day. Depending on the season, you can harvest the vegetables, feed the livestock, learn to milk a goat, or learn how to build a compost pile at Angelic Organics. The Learning Center team will match you to a farm chore that'll make you want to quit your desk job.

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    A card autographed by Farmer John and a fabulous pink, orange or purple feather boa, as seen in the movie "The Real Dirt on Farmer John."

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    Full sized 25"x38" "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" original movie poster, signed by award-winning director Taggart Siegel and Farmer John Peterson.

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    Love poems have been written for our field-fresh summer vegetables. They're that good. Until now, you had to live near Caledonia, Ill to buy a share. We'll ship one crate of picked-that-day produce to you in August or September, your choice, with the very best from our Biodynamic fields.

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    Corncrib weekend. Be our guest on a Saturday night in our refurbished corn crib. Farmhouse dinner for two with Farmer John and Haidy Peterson and continental breakfast Sunday morning at the farmhouse kitchen.

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    The Jeep Tour with Farmer John. We'll set you up with two lawn chairs or a mattress built for six, appropriate icy beverages and snacks, and Farmer John himself take you on an unforgettable guided ride through our 100-acre organic farm. Date in summer or early autumn of 2013 to be mutually agreed upon.

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    Award-winning multimedia artist Douglas Gayeton features Farmer John in his series "The Lexicon of Sustainability." Bids at this level choose one of three spectacular 40 x 60" full color prints. The second print in the series is featured at left.

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    A homecooked meal for you and up to seven friends with Farmer John and Haidy Peterson, served by candlelight in our farmhouse kitchen. Date in 2013 to be mutually agreed upon.

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    The Private Farm Party! Meet Farmer John and take a private farm tour with the Learning Center team. Perfect for your family or group of up to 10 friends. Pick vegetables, collect eggs, milk a goat and enjoy the freshest lunch you'll ever taste. Date in July or August 2013 to be mutually agreed upon.

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    Invite up to 75 friends to a private screening of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" with Farmer John and Haidy Peterson at Angelic Organics, the farm featured in the hit movie. We'll supply our own organic popcorn, soft drinks, and a Q and A with the star of the show, as you watch from the comfort of our dairy barn loft. Date in 2013 to be mutually agreed upon.

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    Farmer John and Haidy Peterson will come to your farm, homestead or backyard garden for a day's private consultation on farming and/or running a successful CSA. Date in 2013 to be mutually agreed upon. Please add $500 for distances between 100 and 250 miles from Caledonia, IL. Please add $1,500 for locations in the continental US beyond 250 miles of Angelic Organics Farm.

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    The Angelic Organic Wedding.* We supply the glorious space for up to 100 guests, parking, bathrooms, and fresh biodynamic raw vegetables for your licensed caterer to prepare. You supply the guests, officiant, flowers, food & beverages and all the other extras you require, including the bride & groom. Or bride & bride. Or groom & groom. Dates through June 2014 to be mutually agreed upon. * or Bar Mitzvah, Graduation party, or any-occasion celebration.

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