To ALL our Kickstarter contributors, YOU are AMAZING!! YOU HELPED US REACH OUR GOAL IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS - WHAT?!! A huge, heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.
Now we want to share our exciting Stretch Goals because we really need to raise MORE THAN 2X our initial goal to make a powerful impact on our first production run.
- IF WE REACH $50K - we will DOUBLE the amount of Mighty Wild trees we're planting! YAY - we reached our 1st stretch goal!! Thank You Mighty Wild backers!!
- NEXT STRETCH GOAL...will allow us to produce our fantastic 4th flavor, Coconut Curry crafted with dried mango and sunflower seeds!
THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT OUR MIGHTY WILD KICKSTARTER PAGE!
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We need your help to bring our handmade, artisan acorn crackers to store shelves near you. YOUR Kickstarter contributions will help us purchase 1) better nut processing equipment to make our acorn flour at scale, and 2) the raw ingredients and packaging needed for our first big production run.
The costs for a first production run add up quickly, especially because we make our acorn flour in-house. While $25,000 is a huge help and gets us part of the way there, we really need MORE THAN 2X that to make an impact. Equipment, packaging and raw ingredients comprise the majority of our expenses, but there are also grocery store and sampling fees, plus distribution, storage, and acorn supply chain costs. I know it sounds like a lot, but in return you'll get our great tasting acorn crackers that are truly unique.
OUR ACORN CRACKERS - WE KNOW YOU'LL LOVE THEM!
Our acorn crackers are gluten-free, vegan, and made with organic ingredients. We’ve added nutritious whole grains such as amaranth, quinoa, sorghum and millet, and delicious combinations of herbs, spices and other yummy ingredients. NO added sugar. NO artificial additives or preservatives – just REAL, simple food!
Original – Topped with black sesame seeds, poppy seeds and millet, our original cracker highlights the nutty flavor of the acorn while delivering a satisfying crunch.
Rosemary & Caramelized Onion –Our most popular flavor, packed full of caramelized onions. You won’t find a better tasting version of this classic flavor on the whole cracker aisle!
Spicy Chipotle – Crafted with a hint of lime and black sesame seeds, this cracker is for those who love heat. It has just the right kick to keep you wanting more.
Allergen information: our crackers contain tree nuts (acorns, almonds)
MIGHTY WILD – IN A NUTSHELL
Mighty Wild was founded by two sisters – Aline Copp and Mimi Brown. When Aline was in the 5th grade, she had acorn pancakes made by her teacher, Charis Smith, after reading the children’s survivalist novel My Side of the Mountain. Years later, while hiking among oak trees, she was reminded of her childhood experience and the age-old practice of cooking with acorns by ancient civilizations.
Together as avid nature lovers and adventurist foodies, Aline and Mimi became inspired to introduce acorns to the modern American palate and formed the mission-driven food company Mighty Wild. In addition to bringing you great tasting products, Mighty Wild donates a portion of its sales to plant trees and is working with the Arbor Day Foundation to make this happen.
So join us on our Mighty journey to rediscover Wild foods!
Aline & Mimi - Founders & Sisters
ACORNS – WHO KNEW SQUIRRELS HAD IT SO GOOD!
We’ve worked hard to source the best acorns from the best foragers, right here in the USA – and we’ve painstakingly perfected the process of turning acorns into our Mighty Wild Acorn Flour ™.
3 Reasons we LOVE acorns & oak trees:
1) OAKS ARE PART OF OUR HISTORY – Acorns have been a food source for thousands of years, even before the production of wheat. It is believed acorns made up almost 50% of the California Native American diet. Today, you can find dotorimuk (acorn jelly) in South Korea, and in the United States, acorns are popping up in dishes made by James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs.
Check out this VIDEO to hear restoration ecology expert David Bainbridge and author of “Oak – The Frame of Civilization” William Bryant Logan talk about the history of acorns.
2) OAKS ARE ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS & ACORNS ARE A HUGE FORGOTTEN RESOURCE JUST LYING AROUND
3) ACORNS ARE DELICIOUS & NUTRITIOUS – Food made from acorns has a unique, nutty flavor that is super tasty. Like many nuts, acorns are an excellent addition to a balanced diet. Acorns are naturally gluten-free, contain high levels of polyphenols and antioxidants, are lower in fat than most nuts, and are a good source of vitamin B6 and an excellent source of manganese per 1oz serving.
ACORNS - EAT SOME, PLANT SOME
In addition to bringing you delicious, artisan food, our mission is to plant trees! When you buy our acorn crackers in stores, we will donate a portion of those sales directly to planting trees – and we’re thrilled to be working with the Arbor Day Foundation to make this happen.
Oaks are valuable members of our communities and have always been a wonderful presence in our lives. We climbed their branches as children and enjoyed their shade during family picnics. Help us make sure these majestic trees and others are around for generations to come!
On Kickstarter, when you select our "EAT SOME, PLANT SOME" rewards, we'll send you a certificate and the location of the Mighty Wild tree you planted.
WHAT OUR FANS ARE SAYING
- “I love these! Can’t wait ‘til they are in stores – super flavorful, don’t even taste GF”
- "I really loved the flavor and that they are natural, no sugar and gluten free"
- “Y’all have to get these into stores – awesome job!”
OUR MIGHTY WILD SWAG - YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT!
Pick what Mighty Wild swag items you want when you contribute at certain Kickstarter reward levels:
CONNECT WITH US!
We are tremendously grateful for all your help in spreading the word about Mighty Wild. Please share our Kickstarter project with your family and friends!
A MIGHTY THANK YOU…
To ALL our Kickstarter contributors – that means YOU! Special thanks to our Kickstarter collaborators: Dr. Christine Angelini, David Bainbridge, Jared Carlson with the Arbor Day Foundation, Ben Christensen and Michael Parks, Robert Garcia, Rita Herzog, Tyler Horne and Scott Howard with Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market, Forrest Keeling Nursery, William Bryant Logan, Scott Marett & Dan Mohr with Cypress Images, Michelle Min, Anne Nguyen, Adrian Popescu, Robin Rawles, Robert Shaw. And a very special thanks to those that have believed in Mighty Wild from the beginning: our suppliers, spouses, family, and friends.
IN THE NEWS
- NPR - mentioned at the very end of the article (so cool to be interviewed!)
- EDIBLE STARTUPS
- FOOD TANK
- HOUSTON CULTURE MAP
- HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Risks and challenges
Our team brings to the table strong leadership and business backgrounds, food and financial expertise, and tremendous ambition and energy that will help us execute the vision of Mighty Wild. We have spent over a year preparing for our first big production run – from months of R&D and expeditions to find the best acorns and foragers – to detailed planning and speaking with experienced food industry advisers. We’ve done everything possible to reduce potential problems and fulfill your Kickstarter rewards on time.
However, there are always risks and challenges to any project, so if any unforeseen hurdles arise, we will let you know immediately.
We have conservatively estimated that our crackers will be ready for shipment in mid-2015. We may make slight changes to our cracker recipes, but nothing that would hurt the integrity of our promise to bring you real, simple food. We have successfully produced our product in small batches over the last year, but we may encounter issues as we scale up.
Other potential issues could come from 1) excess demand and limited production capacity, 2) problems negotiating with suppliers and our co-packer, and 3) delayed product certifications.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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