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Growing grass-fed meats, Inspiring healthy eating through farm education, and Empowering individuals to grow their own food.
Growing grass-fed meats, Inspiring healthy eating through farm education, and Empowering individuals to grow their own food.
213 backers pledged $18,870 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL-  We are getting so close to our first goal of $15,000, we want to celebrate already! So we are letting you know that for each family that buys 2 tickets to the Tractor celebrations parties ( at the $25, $35, & $50 levels) you can bring the kids in your immediate family for free! These will be awesome celebration days in October, with pumpkins to pick, tractor drawn wagon rides, farm fresh food, animals to see. Come and celebrate with us! This also applies to those who have already bought tickets.

With your help we can raise the money to buy the tractor that meets the needs of the farm. So the further we go over the $15,000 goal, the newer the tractor will be, with less hours already on it! Help us push past the $15,000 goal by pledging and sharing our project with others!

The Book Family Farm is growing Grass-fed Beef, and Pastured Pork, Poultry, and Eggs for our local community. We are also providing a an opportunity for people to see how their food is grown and and allowing them to get to know their farmer by providing Fun, Educational, Farm Tours for both children and adults. We love to share our farm!

Grass Fed Beef
Grass Fed Beef

Our Goal is to grow healthy grass in order to grow healthy animals. We do this by having the cows, chickens and pigs, in turn, rotate though our pastures. This rotation system gives the animals a new "salad bar" of fresh green grass each day. It also helps distribute their manure through our fields which is natural fertilizer. We do not need to rely on commercial fertilizers or sprays.

Mobile Chicken Tractor
Mobile Chicken Tractor

We are going back in time to how small farms used to function before industrialization and feedlots. It is hard work but in the end the product is worth it. The commercial "Back to the Start" by the restaurant Chipotle says it all. If you haven't seen it, click here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMfSGt6rHos

Our meat is sold on the farm only. That way when you come, you can meet the farmer, see first hand how the animals are being raised and if you have kids along, you can show them where their food comes from!

Our Delicious Pastured Poultry
Our Delicious Pastured Poultry

We Need Help and invite you to Partner with us! - In order to continue farming in this manner we need to replace our worn out tractor. The tractor is used to move large irrigation pipe to water our fields. We move mobile chicken houses each day. It is also used to clean up the farm, turn & spread compost, clean ditches, haul wood, move and plant pumpkins, plant pasture, cut, bale, feed and haul hay,  etc. etc.! In short it is the Farmer Book's right hand.

Field trip participants getting to experience the farm up close.
Field trip participants getting to experience the farm up close.

How can you help? Share, Share Share!

1. Share the link for the project on your Facebook timeline.

2. Share the link by email or word of mouth

3. Make a pledge, receive a reward! 

Each of our rewards and incentives are structured to help you connect with the farm. No pledge is too small! We are sincerely thankful to everyone who funds our project in any way! Everyone who pledges becomes a part of our farm community via our newsletter. We are excited to offer tours of the farm, tractor celebration tickets, dinners, grass fed meats, etc. Find one that fits your family.

Kickstarter guidelines say that you can make only one pledge so we have provided some add-ons that might fit the size of your family. Please make a note of any add-ons when you make your pledge.

*No money changes hands unless all the money for the project is funded in the 30-day period. It is all or nothing!

Our Berkshire pigs enjoying a snack.
Our Berkshire pigs enjoying a snack.

So how will we spend the money if funded?

$15,000 will be a down payment for the tractor we need. We found one that meets our needs. The total cost is $32,000 used. If we raise more than $15,000 the money will go toward total price of the tractor. If we raise more than $32,000 it will go toward our Kickstarter expenses (cost of incentives plus 5% to Kickstarter and 3-5% to Amazon payments).

Pastured Pork chops
Pastured Pork chops

If you want to learn more about the history of the Book Family Farm visit our website.

To see photos and news about what is going on the Book Family Farm check us out on Facebook

Where do we go from here? Our Vision for the future…
The loader tractor is necessary to keep us farming but we don’t want to stop there. Farm education is our passion and our eventual dream is to build a multi-use education barn with a kitchen! There is so much more we hope and plan to do to expand our reach to provide more food for our community and to educate people on our farm. We want to thank you for partnering with us and we hope to see you at the farm!

The Vintage Commemorative T-Shirt
The Vintage Commemorative T-Shirt
Five Color Book Family Farm Animal T-shirt
Five Color Book Family Farm Animal T-shirt

Risks and challenges

Our challenge is to keep farming and to do the jobs that need to be done right now without the loader tractor. We will have to rent a tractor for jobs that cannot be put off. Renting is expensive! (Since posting this on May 20th, 2013 2 people have stepped forward and offered to lend us their tractor this month! We are so grateful! We reached out via Kickstarter and now the community is reaching back. Thank you community and thank you Kickstarter!)

If we are funded, then our challenge will be to find the right tractor for the amount that we are funded in a timely manner. We have found a tractor for the right price that meets our needs, but don't know if it will still be available when we have the money!

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    No pledge is too small for you to have a part in helping the Book Family Farm grow healthy food! For any pledge of $1 or more our backers will become part of our community by receiving our email newsletter that keeps you up to date with what is happening at the farm and a heart felt thank you!

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    Digital Download of singer-songwriter Katie "Book" Drake’s exclusive August 2013 release, “Generation to Generation,” available first to Kickstarter donors. Katie grew up on the Book Family Farm, so this song about passing the love of the farm to the next generation is from her heart. Listen to a preview of Katie’s other music at: http://katiedrakesongs.com.

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    Download Katie’s song “Generation to Generation” PLUS one ticket for a Fun & Educational tour of the farm. Tour times TBA. (we do both child and adult tours) Add $10 for each additional tour ticket. Please make a note of any additional tickets when making pledge.

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    Download Katie’s song PLUS 1 ticket to the "Book Family Farm Tractor Celebration #1" on Oct. 4, 2013. Includes Tour of the farm plus a pumpkin & a Tractor Drawn Wagon ride! For each additional ticket add $25 to your pledge. Please make a note of any additional tickets when making pledge.

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    NEW INCENTIVE! For those who want to wear their support of the Book Family Farm- a beautiful 5 color Farm animal T-shirt available in all sizes including toddler and baby onesies. Plus Digital Download of Katie's song. Check out baby Owen modeling his T-shirt at the bottom of the page. Add $25 for each additional shirt.

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    Katie's song PLUS One ticket to the “Book Family Farm Tractor Celebration Party # 2” on Oct. 5, 2013 Includes a Farm Fresh Lunch! a tour of the farm, a pumpkin, and of course, a tractor-drawn wagon ride! For each additional ticket add $35 to your pledge.

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    Friend of the Farm! Katie’s song, plus one ticket to the “Book Family Farm Tractor Celebration Party 1 or 2” on October 4th or 5th, plus a Commemorative Vintage Book Family Farm pumpkin patch T-shirt, limited to sizes & colors on hand. See picture at the bottom of page. (T-shirt will be available for pick up on day of celebration.)

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    Breakfast Box Reward - This includes one pound of delicious Berkshire pastured bacon or sausage, one dozen pastured “free-range” eggs, and one-half dozen farm-fresh bagels in a Book Family Farm tote bag. If you like you can meet our friendly Berkshire pigs when you pick up your Breakfast Box! This is available for pick up at the farm only. PLUS download Katie’s song.

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    One ticket to the “Home Grown from the Farm” Dinner on Sept. 8th 2013, catered by Chef Jon Meyer. Join the Book family for a summer evening, enjoy delicious roasted meats, farm fresh vegetables, and salads, as well as live music. PLUS, an exclusive tour of farm on a horse-drawn wagon, AND a download of Katie’s song. Purchase additional tickets for $100 each.

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    Professional Family Photo Session on the Book Family Farm by Katie Drake Photography. Includes an 11x14-inch wall portrait, PLUS download of Katie's song.

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    Fun, Educational Field Trip on the Book Family Farm for a class (up to 30 children.) You can specify which class will receive this Field Trip. Plus Download Katie's Song. Plus a foot written thank you note from Henny Penny our top egg layer. Our cows don't type but our chickens do! Plus a photo of the class.

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    “A Taste of Farm Life” - Join Farmer Book for the day as he does his chores, take an exclusive tour of the farm and enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner, PLUS Download Katie’s song, AND add your signature to the new tractor. This is an opportunity to find out how we farm and ask all your farming questions. There will be no more than 4 people scheduled at a time (adults only please).

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    “Meat Lovers Package” 25 pounds of meat (pastured Berkshire pork or pastured chicken) to be picked up all at once or spread out over the year, PLUS download Katie’s song, AND your signature on the new tractor. On-farm pick up only

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    “Pork-Out” reward - One live 8 week old Berkshire piglet to raise at your home or farm or 40 pounds of delicious Berkshire pastured pork or pastured chicken to be picked up all at once or spread out over the year ,PLUS Download Katie’s song, AND your signature on the new tractor. On-farm pick up only.

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    “Exclusive Gourmet Farm Dinner Experience”5 course meal, for your party of 8 people prepared by Chef Geoff Akers and Chef Jon Meyer at the Book Family Farm includes a horse-drawn wagon ride tour of the farm, live music PLUS Katie’s song AND your signature on the loader tractor. Add $115 for each additional person. Get your friends or family to go in on this together! You choose the date.

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    1 Whole Delicious Pastured Berkshire Pig (called the Kobe beef of pork) , cut and wrapped to your specifications. On Farm pick up. Plus download Katie's song, plus your signature on the new tractor! If you want more than 1 pig, add $1500 for each addition and note this on your pledge.

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