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Spice Acres needs money for farm animals to enrich our soil!
136 backers pledged $25,908 to help bring this project to life.
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Spice Acres is a 13-acre Countryside Initiative farm managed by Chef Ben Bebenroth, a Cleveland chef and restaurateur who needs your help to buy the animals that will close the loop on his sustainable growing plans. 

The man with the plan: Ben Bebenroth, Chef/Farmer/Founder, The Spice Companies
The man with the plan: Ben Bebenroth, Chef/Farmer/Founder, The Spice Companies

As Chef Ben so eloquently states, "We need poop to grow!" Our lucky pigs and chickens will enjoy a steady diet of scraps from our award-winning restaurant and catering company. Cows - our edible lawn mowers - will wander about and manage the pastures. Together, their output will enrich the soil as they are rotated across the land. 

Spice Acres: The new home for some very lucky pigs, chickens, and cows.
Spice Acres: The new home for some very lucky pigs, chickens, and cows.

We need your help to buy these animals and the infrastructure needed to manage them! The $25,000 raised through this campaign will be used for:

  • Used Tractor: $8,000
  • Cows: $2,000
  • Pigs: $2,000
  • Chicken Tractors: $2,000
  • Fencing: $1,500
  • Hay & Feed: $3,000
  • Rain Barrels: $500

Any additional funds will be stashed away for livestock investments of the future.

These purchases are the very first step toward a larger vision for the farm. As the soil is enriched, we'll grow heirloom vegetables, hand-cut flowers, and pasture-raised eggs that will find their way to tables across Northeast Ohio. 

A farm-fresh flatbread
A farm-fresh flatbread

Along the way, we'll host educational outreach activities for schools and the public to create meaningful experiences that connect people with sustainable farming practices. Local corporations are planning to send out employee teams for fun, fresh volunteer days. A local montessori school is integrating Spice Acres in their 2014/2015 curriculum once each month!

Lettuce all gather round and learn about season extension.
Lettuce all gather round and learn about season extension.

We can't deliver on these promises without your help! Please give what you can. Your money will be directly invested in happy animals, a used tractor, and the equipment needed to grow a successful, sustainable farm.

Our farm is a Countryside Initiative property in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It's public property, so you can come visit any time and see your money in action. 

We are grateful for your support and we hope you enjoy your rewards! Please, spread the word in support of the local foods movement.

The Bebenroth family thanks you!
The Bebenroth family thanks you!

Photo/Video Credit:
Additional thanks to Keith + Linda of Keith Berr Productions for lending us many years of support and talent. They shot this Kickstarter video, as well as the Chef Ben & flatbread photos above. Additional farm images courtesy of Full Bloom Photography.

Risks and challenges

For over a decade, Chef Ben Bebenroth has fostered deep-seated relationships with Ohio’s small family famers to understand growing cycles and sustainable farming practices. He's spent the last five years cultivating an acre of growing space behind his former suburban home, and a small plot behind his restaurant, Spice Kitchen + Bar.

Even with this experience, farming requires a lifetime of learning. Upon taking over the farm in August 2014, Chef Ben hired a tenured farm manager to assist with planning and to foresee upcoming challenges. Plans and preparations are in place to address obstacles associated with shifts in weather, limited irrigation, and many other agricultural variables outside human control.

In addition to the farm manager, Spice Acres is staffed with a crew of motley volunteers. We also have an outreach coordinator to oversee volunteer and educational activities...and, of course, fulfill Kickstarter rewards.

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    A tour of the farm & thank you kisses from our new farm puppies, Chuck & Hayley.

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    Your name on our barn wall of gratitude.
    All $25+ supporters' names will forever be displayed inside the barn entrance for every visitor to see.

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    A Spice "Beet the System" T-Shirt!
    Wear your local foods support with pride.

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    A Spice "Beet the System" Hoodie!
    Fuzzy on the inside, just in time for the cold, cold winter.

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    Two ribeye steaks from one of our four-legged lawn mowers, delivered to your door.
    Enjoy a true taste of place.
    Note that this is a *2015* estimated delivery date.

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    Two tickets to the Spice Acres Founders Dinner, an exclusive Plated Landscape event in our own fields. We're in the process of confirming a high-profile special guest, so stay tuned!
    Read more about our signature table-to-farm events > http://spiceoflifecaters.com/landscapes.html

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    Adopt-a-plot! We'll reserve a small plot of acreage and put your name on it. When harvest time comes, we'll invite you and three of your closest friends to Spice Kitchen + Bar for a custom 3-course meal featuring ingredients grown in your adopted plot!
    Bonus option: Make a day of it > Come to the the farm and pick for yourself, then hand your harvest over to our restaurant chefs for impromptu preparation.

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