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Bonnie's Hometown Grocery will upgrade our freezer (using 38% less energy) so we can keep serving Clinton, MN's rural food desert.
75 backers pledged $17,965 to help bring this project to life.
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Rural grocery stores, like Bonnie's here in Clinton, MN, are closing in many small towns throughout Minnesota and other rural places.  Once they are gone it is very difficult, if not impossible, to replace them.  One thing that will help keep rural grocery stores open and save energy is to replace worn out, old, and high energy using equipment.  In my store, the 8-door freezer is the biggest electricity consumer.

This project will replace our old 8-door freezer (which was already used when installed in 1979) with a new ENERGY STAR freezer. These freezers would save 38% of current energy usage. Currently, my store uses 206,000 kWh per year; nearly 75% is estimated to be the 8-door freezer.   The ENERGY STAR freezer would amount to savings of 59,000 kWh per year!

This project does good by reducing energy needs while providing an outlet for local food sales and maintains access to healthy, affordable food for our community. This will be a great demonstration to other rural grocery stores on how saving energy can cut costs and rally community support.

We appreciate your support in keeping our Main Street business thriving and serving the needs of the community! We already secured $5,000 from the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and $5,000 from a community fundraiser, we just need your support to get the rest of the way!

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is to get the full $31,000 of funding to install the 8-door freezer. We have already secured $5,000 from the Clean Energy Resource Teams and have $5,000 from a community dinner fund raiser. This Kickstarter campaign will provide the needed remaining funds to get the new freezers installed. The electrician is on standby and ready to install the new freezer as soon as we reach our funding goals!

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    A heartfelt thank you and acknowledgement of your support on a plaque/poster on the store freezer.

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    A box of Christmas candy from Bonnie's Candy Kitchen in time for the holidays.

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    A set of handmade cards featuring Bonnie's picturesque rural grocery store.

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    A spring herb garden pot created by Bonnie with plants from Bonnie's Bloomers.

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    Frozen meat basket of pork and beef hand cut by Bonnie-- prefer to have it picked up at the store, but delivery would be arranged.

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    A day-long guided tour of rural Big Stone County local food farms including a vineyard, goat cheese production, and apple orchard. And, of course, Bonnie's Hometown Grocery.

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    Group of five to attend the Rural Grocery Community Fundraiser/ Picnic in Clinton, MN, gratis, and a toast in your name!

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    A day-long guided tour of rural Big Stone County local food farms including a vineyard, goat cheese production, and apple orchard. And, of course, Bonnie's Hometown Grocery. PLUS an overnight stay in the Ortonville Contemporary Art Guest House.

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    Breakfast across Main Street from Bonnie's at the Inadvertent Cafe, prepared using groceries from Bonnie's.

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Funding period

- (30 days)