About this project
OUR MOST RECENT UPDATE:
To celebrate our success here on Kickstarter, we've created a special flavor in honor of the awesome Kickstarter team and all of our amazing backers. It's sunshine-y sweet goodness... with a spicy kick!
Check out our updates if you'd like to try the recipe! Or you can enjoy The Kickstarter once we're out trolling local parks and the Mountain View Farmers' Market with our very-first bike powered ice cream cart! Your tastebuds will say YUM (and then maybe OUCH!).
LITTLE BEE POPS IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE?
Who says there's no such thing as a good temporal anomaly?
Keep us going! For every $1000 above our goal, we should be able to purchase an awesome bike like this one, more commonly seen in Rio de Janeiro than Silicon Valley!
We want to exceed our goal so we can purchase our first of many (we hope!) bicycle-powered ice cream carts. Together with our cute little pushcart (thank you, craigslist), we'll be able to seed two parts of the galaxy with delicious pops simultaneously!
WHO WE ARE
It was my daughter, Helen (aka our “Little Bee”), who first came up with the idea for Little Bee Pops. Basically, she was sick and tired of not being allowed to get treats from the ice cream cart at the park. I’m also pretty sure she was tired of hearing me rant about a market flooded with cheap, subsidized corn & soy creating a toxic food supply full of corn syrup and additives that was then fobbed off on the youngest, most unsuspecting consumers.
Ask for a treat, get a lecture on agricultural economics.
Yes, I am that mom.
With a long-suffering eyeroll, she said “So Mom, why don’t you sell your pops at the park? Then moms and kids could be happy.” And with that, the idea for Little Bee Pops was born.
Aside from my park-bench farm bill rants, I’ve got a bunch of foodie street cred: I started an 11-acre educational farm on public school land, cooked up collards and curriculum for an amazing food justice nonprofit, and helped start a 150-member CSA for low-income families for a major public agency. What’s more, I have a fancy-pants degree, I tackle spreadsheets like a ninja, and I write a mean grant application.
We interrupt this program to announce...
SWEET NEW REWARDS FOR $250 & UP ------------------>
A DVD of Vanishing of the Bees: http://www.vanishingbees.com/
Kids' Kitchen: 40 Fun and Healthy Recipes to Make and Share: http://store.barefootbooks.com/kids-kitchen.html
Now back to the regular program...This is my best friend, Lilia. For years, she’s helped me start things. Basically, I get a harebrained idea to start something, and she’s the sounding board, brainstormer, head cheerleader, list-maker, graphic designer and idea factory that coaxes the idea into reality. Without our awesomely wonder-twins-activate synergy, Full Circle Farm would not exist. She’s also a super-talented artist and photographer, a dedicated Auntie to the Little Bee, and a devoted fan of all things Joss Whedon. And yeah - if it looks like we paid someone to make it look good, that’s all Lilia.
WHAT WE DO
We make handmade, honey-sweetened pops from all-local ingredients. Our pops have seasonal fruit, healthy fats, and are certified crap-free. No corn syrup, preservatives, flavor chemicals, or food dyes.
Our spring flavors:
WHY WE’RE HERE
We believe childhood should be full of awesome. What’s
awesome? Icy summer treats at the park. What’s not awesome? Scary crap hidden in
foods marketed to kids!
Little Bee Pops is about creating a healthy, happy, and crap-free childhood. It’s also about supporting local farmers and beekeepers, because a strong local agricultural economy? YUM. Here are a few of the producers we plan to support:
WHERE WE'RE GOING
It doesn't hurt to dream big, right?
We want Little Bee Pops to be the defender of good food in Silicon Valley. Beause c'mon all you smartie pants programmers, there is no excuse for our little paradise to be light years behind SF and Berkeley, is there? If we can make smart phones, why not smart food?
Our vision? To have bicycle-powered ice cream carts streaming through our fair city, selling sweet treats that improve our local economy, the viability of our small farms and gardens, and the health of our children. To have a kitchen that supports other locavore, sustainable food entrepreneurs in that shaky, what-the-hell-are-we-doing start up phase. To donate our time and pops to raising funds for garden-based education, sustainable agriculture, and fiercely local food.
Right now, we have the opportunity to move into a certified ice cream kitchen in 2012... these puppies don't come around that often! We can ONLY take advantage of this opportunity if we're successful on Kickstarter!
OUR ULTIMATE GOALS
Up and move our ice cream kitchen to Mountain View (then we'd never leave)
Start a kitchen incubator program for other small, sustainable food businesses - because Silicon Valley's food movement needs to catch the hell up with SF & Berkeley!
Buy a fleet of sweet little bicycle-powered ice cream carts
Get Little Bee Pops into independent grocery stores in the Bay Area
Make a few farmers' days by placing a gigantic pre-order of fruit & honey with our local producers (CSA-style, baby!)
SWEET, SWEET REWARDS
This, gentle reader, is where you come in. We want to share the sweetness. Here are a few things we’ve put together for your geeky, goofy enjoyment.
Periodic Table of Awesome (postcard, farmers' market tote, art print)
Pop Geekery (lunch box, magnets)
OUR BROKEN FOOD SYSTEM, IN PICTURES
Follow these links down the rabbit hole of our nation's broken food system. You don't need the attention span of a Vulcan to see how we're bankrupting our ecosystems, hurting our health, and short-changing our future!
our totally upside-down subsidy system at work
and we're surprised when kids know every brand of chips known to man, but have never seen a beet?
In the meantime, mega seed companies and the mega farms that use them are systematically undermining farm biodiversity.DEPRESSED YET?
Here are some random links to cheer you up:
Jazz for Cows (More Cowbell!)
Beyonce the Chicken
How to Peel A Head of Garlic in Less than 10 Seconds
Do you have an aching need to read our business plan? Will you never rest until each expense is laid bare? Fear not, oh gloriously anal one, you can read all the juicy details:
Our Business Plan (PDF)
Our Start Up Expenses (PDF)
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"I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We're still just a child creature, we're still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We're growing up, we're moving into adolescence now. When we grow up - man, we're going to be something!"
- Gene Roddenberry
Most of the farms we're using are either certified organic or beyond organic - many small farms have difficulty obtaining certification even if their practices are 100% organic (I unfortunately know this headache firsthand, but the bonus? That also means I know the key questions to ask when talking to a non-certified farmer about his or her farming practices!)
We are totally committed to organically grown foods, especially with the spinach and strawberries we'll be buying, which have the highest/most toxic pesticide loads.
Yogurt: you read our minds! We're talking to Straus Organic right now about wholesaling. Not all of our pops will include dairy since it's such a common childhood allergen, but we are testing a peaches/nectarines & cream recipe for next summer! Our Cherry Bomb may also end up with yogurt in it as well.
Chocolate: This dark melty elixir of the gods is, alas, not available from within 150 miles. We'll just have to stick with juicy, dark berries to get our antioxidant fix (unless you can get someone to grow it in a greenhouse for us!)
Alcohol: Um, no. These are for kids, remember? But there's a cool recipe book called POPS! by Krystina Castella if you want to make some tipsy frozen treats for your grownup friends.
Pineapple/Mango/Banana/Coconut/Papaya/Starfruit/Durian: Nope, not unless we move to the tropics. Actually, we kind of have a game where we make fun of other "seasonal fruit" products that include these ingredients. I know, we're being snarky, but really... coconut?
The short answer is... we hope so!
The longer answer is that while we appreciate and love our vegan friends, supporting urban apiaries and the bees that pollinate our urban gardens is a big part of our mission. In the height of summer, we may have an all-fruit pop with melons that really need no extra sugar. Agave isn't on our radar as it's non-local and has some questionable practices in terms of sustainability. Maybe someday we'll talk a local farmer into growing stevia for us - we'd love to have a few things for our vegan friends to enjoy!
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