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Black Button Farm & Forestry needs startup capital to buy Juniper root stock, White Oak saplings, Honey Bee hives and farm tools
Black Button Farm & Forestry needs startup capital to buy Juniper root stock, White Oak saplings, Honey Bee hives and farm tools
104 backers pledged $44,619 to help bring this project to life.

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"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today."

From the same passionate people who brought you Black Button Distilling in 2012, Black Button Farm & Forestry is the continuation of a lifelong dream to grow the best ingredients and make the best craft spirits in New York State.

Jeff Fairbrother and Jason Barrett
Jeff Fairbrother and Jason Barrett

Did you know that New York State loses a family farm every three days? These farms are the foundation of our American culture: they produce the food we eat, the milk we drink, the air we breathe. Without farms, our local economy, and indeed ourselves, would be broken.


Why a Farm?

In today's next-day-delivery world, farms still take us back to a slower time. It's crazy to start a business where you have to put up the money today to invest in products that could take years to be ready for market; to make more of these long-term products, you have to hire more people and purchase more machines now, while waiting for that return on investment to pay out years down the line. We're used to that here, at Black Button, because it's the same for whiskey as it is for farming. For us, it's a calling: old school, hard work, long nights, stress about the weather, the crops, and the health of your products and your business, so often living entities of their own. 

So what do we need your support for?

Well as you can imagine buying the root stock, saplings, tools and tractors can add up quite quickly. We're looking for you help to plant our first year crops of Juniper, and White Oak and to open our first bee hives. We also need to build a bridge across the stream that divides the property to we can properly farm the back acreage. Our business plan shows this should be enough to carry the farm until year three when we become self sustaining by selling what we grow to the distillery.

If we can exceed our goal we will invest that money in more trees, bees, and possibly a maple syrup operation on the same land. If we get to 70,000 dollars, we would be able to buy our tractor outright rather than renting it the first few years. This would save the farm a significant amount of money and allow us to reinvest in our farm each year much sooner. Each dollar beyond our goal will help our farm be stronger and more vibrant. None of it will be wasted.

If we raised 136,000 dollars, we would be able to plant our crops, buy the tractor, and pay off the mortgage. Raising this money would mean the farm would start life debt-free, ensuring it would be protected from future market changes.

The Farm in Fall
The Farm in Fall

To learn more visit our website
https://www.blackbuttondistilling.com/farm

Risks and challenges

Obviously there are risks in any business, but with this farm we have mitigated a lot of them.

First and foremost, we already have our farm's customer lined up: we are only going to be growing things needed for our current operation at Black Button Distilling.

Second, we have already secured the mortgage on the farm and calculated a payment schedule that we can afford.

Third, we will not have labor costs. Just like when Black Button Distilling began, the owner will do all of the work himself or with some volunteers if the job is too large.

Last but not least, we have time on our side. By keeping expenses low and earning a living elsewhere, this farm merely needs to be able to repay the mortgage and annual taxes to stay afloat.

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    Shout out and our eternal thanks

    Want to be a part of our community? Want to contribute to our efforts to increase NY agriculture? Join us and we will thank you personally on Social Media and we will forever be grateful for your help in this endeavor.

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    1st Juniper harvest

    One of the main crops we want to grow on our farm is Juniper to make our gin. In the fall of our second year, join the team at the farm to help us collect Juniper berries, eat some good food, and return to Black Button Distilling to watch the berries be transformed fresh from the farm into gin. At that time, our supporters will be the first to experience our state grown New York Gin.

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    Buy a tree, get a tree

    Another important project for our farm is growing White Oak for bourbon barrel staves. For this reward, we will plant a tree in your honor as well as have a White Oak sapling for you to pick up at one of our Black Button tasting rooms. If you choose, we can plant both trees in your honor. Either way, you will know that you brought life to two mighty oak trees and some delicious bourbon.

    A great way to plant a tree in memory of a loved one who enjoyed life, bourbon, or the outdoors.

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    BBQ to remember

    Our Rochester Tasting Room will host a fully catered BBQ to celebrate the opening of the farm. We will grill out with bourbon barrel smoked meats and sides prepared with locally grown herbs. (And of course plenty of beverages to go around. )

    So mark August 17th off on your calendar for a night to remember.

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    Buy the Barrel

    Only patient folks can make bourbon. At least that's what I am told. Well our first summer we will be harvesting some of the mighty oak trees that stand on our farm. We will quarter saw them, dry age them, raise those staves into barrels and age whiskey in our own oak barrels. When that barrel has aged its whiskey each 30 gallon barrel needs a new home, either as furniture, grilling wood, an art piece or to age beer in. whatever you decide is perfect because its your barrel. While its aging in our warehouse you will have your name emblazoned upon it for all to see.

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    Carbon Footprint

    The U.S. Forest Service has calculated that our forests account for 90% of all the carbon sequestered in the U.S. today! But our forest land is shrinking. For $500 we will plant enough trees to sequester an average persons carbon footprint for a whole year. Feel free to sign up for multiple years and we will plant the trees to cover you.

    Forests are disappearing but we can turn that tide, right here in our own backyard.

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    Sponsor a bee hive

    Sponsor a bee hive and we will put your name on the bee hive and share the first harvest with you. Can you help us bring these pollinators to our farm and forever impact our community for the better? Make a lifelong difference all while enjoying your own supply of organic honey.

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    Private party

    You and 25 of your friends will take over our Rochester tasting room. We will talk locally made bourbon and gin and show you how we are going to grow our own ingredients for them. We will eat like kings and swagger like pirates at your private party, catered by Master Distiller Jason Barrett.

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Funding period

- (34 days)