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Our family is bringing Americans the most delicious, healthy, environmentally sustainable red meat in the animal kingdom – Ostrich!
Our family is bringing Americans the most delicious, healthy, environmentally sustainable red meat in the animal kingdom – Ostrich!
113 backers pledged $26,453 to help bring this project to life.

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American Ostrich Farms: The Healthy, Sustainable Red Meat

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If you haven't tried it yet, ostrich may be everything you're looking for – it's red, lean, super tasty, AND it's the most sustainable red meat on the market.  As seen in Paleo Magazine and discussed on Bloomberg Radio, this is the "Holy Grail" of meat!  Our family founded American Ostrich Farms in 2013 and we hope to quadruple production in the coming year – but we need your help! The American food chain is consolidating, making it harder for small family farms to compete. Join us as a backer and you can help us bring healthy, sustainable, delicious red meat to more American tables!

THE BEST-TASTING, HEALTHIEST, MOST SUSTAINABLE RED MEAT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: OSTRICH   

This is your opportunity to bring delicious, healthy, sustainable red meat to your table.  USDA inspected, hormone and antibiotic free, 100% natural, premium ostrich meat – frozen at peak freshness.

Our family farm is growing fast, but not fast enough to keep up with demand. This year we will have limited supply, so get it before it's gone and, with your support, we promise to have much more next year. Backers at all levels will be added to our email list and will be the first to know when we have more tasty ostrich available.

Because of its low fat content, ostrich cooks faster than other meat products, so we recommend cooking ostrich steaks and filets no more than medium rare.

We ship our meat in reusable coolers that not only create less waste for the environment (noticing a theme? ;), but also keep the product colder for longer, so we can use less dry ice and pass the shipping savings on to our customers – because shipping frozen meat is expensive.

FIVE REASONS – BEYOND INCREDIBLE TASTE – WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE OSTRICH: 

Our Food Truck needs a makeover!

What self-respecting purveyor of a healthy red meat revolution wouldn't have a sweet food truck in which to cook his product?? To prepare for prime time mobile grilling and spreading the ostrich gospel, we're going to deck out our food truck as part of this campaign. If you back us at either the $15 level or choose a meat package, the snazzy new exterior will feature your name (or a few short words of inspiration). Hope to see you from inside the AOF food truck soon!

Please help!  I need to get ready for prime time!
Please help! I need to get ready for prime time!

Reusable Grocery Tote

Just say no to paper or plastic.  Show you care by toting one of three designs on this roomy (15" x 14" x 7"), durable, 100% cotton-twill, over-the-shoulder bag. Choose one of three designs: "Live Green"; "Red is the New Green"; or "Sustainable (M)eats".

Grocery Tote options: Sustainable (M)eats; Live Green Eat Red; and Red is the New Green
Grocery Tote options: Sustainable (M)eats; Live Green Eat Red; and Red is the New Green

Sustainable (and Educational!) Water Bottle

High quality 24oz N-Gen Nalgene Water Bottle is BPA-free and features our sustainability infographic in organic ink. With a slim, graduated profile, it's easy and comfortable to hold and its extra-rugged co-polyester material stands up to extremes of all kinds – including dishwashers.  A detached cap has a handy loop easily grabbed by fingers or backpack clips.  Let's get the word out that ostrich production requires dramatically less water than any other red meat.  Save water... Pick Ostrich!

Water bottle, showing 360 degree wrap
Water bottle, showing 360 degree wrap

AOF Logo and "Red Bird" Hat

Your choice of embroidery... the official AOF team hat with logo on the front and "The Healthy Red Meat" on the back, OR a subtle, stylish, "Red Bird" on the front only.  Incredibly comfortable, lightweight, 100% brushed cotton twill, classic low profile, with an adjustable slide closure – available in over 10 colors. You'll represent the future of red meat in what is the most comfortable hat we've EVER worn... I usually forget I'm even wearing it.  Seriously.

HAT STYLES.  Specify your preferences in post-campaign survey: AOF Logo or Red Bird; and Ostrich leather trim or brushed cotton closure
HAT STYLES. Specify your preferences in post-campaign survey: AOF Logo or Red Bird; and Ostrich leather trim or brushed cotton closure

ADOPT AN OSTRICH

Adopt a young ostrich chick and follow his or her rapid growth toward mature Breeder status.  Your adoption fee will contribute to the care and feeding of your adopted ostrich.  Adoption package includes: official frame-worthy certificate of adoption; naming rights; ostrich fact sheet; and photo updates for the next year.  Chicks may be adopted immediately (currently 2-5 months old) or freshly hatched beginning April 2016.

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OSTRICH EGG SHELLS

A blown-out ostrich egg shell is probably the most unique oval object you'll ever see or touch.  When laid, these eggs can support over 250 pounds of force without breaking – so they're pretty darn strong even when clean and empty.  Paint it, carve it, turn it into a Christmas ornament, or order a few and make a totally realistic dinosaur nest in your living room ;) 13"-16" circumference x 5"-7" long.

GENUINE AMERICAN OSTRICH LEATHER PRODUCTS

Extremely rare, all-American ostrich products made from American leather, tanned, designed, and crafted in the USA.  

Ostrich leather is said to be the most durable, distinctive leather in the world.  We have chosen to make three products from our hides this year...

BELL SHAPED KEY FOB

A unique and sophisticated gift for a man or woman, the Bell Shaped Key Fob has feathered edges that are finely stitched and hand painted. Both the front and backside are made of our Genuine American Ostrich Leather. The solid brass ring hardware is high-quality and attractive.  Size: 1-1/2″ x 3-3/8″.  Other high end leather key fobs typically retail for $200+, but our early backers can get one now for only $65.  

FIVE POCKET CARD CASE / WALLET

Slim and stylish, this Five Pocket Card Case is a convenient accessory to carry credit or business cards and cash.  Each case has finely stitched edges that have been hand turned.  The interior pockets have been moire lined.  Both the front and backside are made of our genuine American ostrich leather with 2 pockets on each side and 1 pocket in the center. Size: 3″ x 4″.  Similar to this one for sale at Barneys for $295, but our early backers can get one now for $150.  

SPRING CLIP CARD CASE / WALLET

The Spring Clip Card Case is an alternative option that combines the five pocket card case with a convenient money clip.  The leather-covered Spring Clip has feathered, stitched, hand burnished and painted edges and can securely hold 12 to 15 bills. There are 2 front card pockets and 1 back pocket. Both the front and back of the card case are made of our genuine American ostrich leather, a description of which is embossed on the interior pocket.  Size: 3″ x 4″.  Will regularly retail at AOF for $225, but our early backers can get one now for $150. 

RANCH VISIT

We aren't open to the public, so this may be your only chance to visit American Ostrich Farms in Boise, Idaho!  Includes a guided tour of AOF grounds and facilities, feeding and interacting with birds of all ages, and either an ostrich egg omelet brunch or an ostrich burger lunch with the McCoys.  $25pp additional for families larger than 5 please.

OSTRICH RANCHING WEEKEND EXPERIENCE

You and up to five friends can come to AOF in Boise, Idaho and spend a weekend learning the ins and outs of operating a sustainable ranch – including sessions on hatching, genetics, waste management, soil preservation, and water conservation.  Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch included.

CATERING TRIP

The McCoys will drive the newly decked out food truck (with everyone's names!) to your party and cook for up to 100 of your friends and family who love delicious, sustainable, healthy red meat!  Full lunch or dinner, including ostrich burgers, drinks, and sides.  Fuel and lodging for Team McCoy not included; max 1,000 miles from Boise, Idaho.

 
 

Risks and challenges

All of the ostrich products we have made available as part of this campaign are already walking around our ranch, so there is virtually no risk that we will be unable to deliver on our promises.

We have partnered with a few highly reliable third parties to help bring our products to glorious fruition, and our entire supply chain – for every reward we offer – is 100% American and only a time zone or two away. While our American supply chain helps mitigate the risk, as with any third party contracted manufacturing, final products may vary from prototype pictures provided above.

Our real challenge is getting to a higher level of production in the Summer of 2016 and beyond so our family farm can grow to a scale at which we can actually be profitable, and we need your help to get there. We ask you to join us as a backer to not only help our family farm survive and thrive, but to also help us affect fundamental change in how consumers choose what protein they eat. Your health and the environment will give you more thanks than we ever could.

Best wishes from our family to you and yours this holiday season,
The McCoys

We are American Ostrich Farms.
Boise, Idaho USA

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT: Your help at any level brings the Healthy Red Meat one step closer to becoming a sustainable, healthy red meat alternative in America. For backers at ALL levels we'll put your name OR a few short words of inspiration on our website with a BIG THANKS so you'll always know you were a part of this. We'll also subscribe you to our newsletter so you can follow the red meat revolution!

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    YOUR NAME ON OUR FOOD TRUCK: To prepare for prime time mobile grilling, we're decking out our food truck. The snazzy new exterior will permanently feature your name (or a few short words of inspiration). Hope to see you from inside the AOF food truck soon!

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    FEED A CHICK FOR A MONTH: A contribution at this level will feed one of our fast-growing chicks for an entire month! As a sincere thank you for helping us grow our flock, we will send you your choice of one piece of schwag. Choose from the following:

    (1) REUSABLE GROCERY TOTE: Just say no to paper or plastic. Show you care by toting one of three designs on this roomy (15" x 14" x 7"), durable, 100% cotton-twill, over-the-shoulder bag. Choose one of three designs: "Live Green"; "Red is the New Green"; or "Sustainable (M)eats".

    (2) SUSTAINABLE (AND EDUCATIONAL!) WATER BOTTLE: High quality and BPA-free with AOF sustainability infographic. Let's get the word out that ostrich production requires dramatically less water than any other red meat. Save water... Pick Ostrich!

    (3) AOF LOGO or RED BIRD HAT: Your choice of embroidery... the official AOF team hat with logo on the front and "The Healthy Red Meat" on the back, OR a subtle, stylish, "Red Bird" on the front only. Incredibly comfortable, lightweight, classic 100% brushed cotton twill, low profile, with an adjustable fabric slide closure. We'll collect your logo and color choices after the campaign ends, and you'll be representing the future of red meat.

    (4) AOF T-SHIRT: Share your enthusiasm for the healthy, sustainable, red meat with our AOF T-shirt – the same one worn by Catherine in the video :) We'll collect sizes (from newborn to XXL adult) after the campaign ends.

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    OSTRICH EGG SHELL: Blown-out egg shell from the 2015 laying season available immediately. Paint it, carve it, turn it into a Christmas ornament, or make a totally realistic dinosaur nest in your living room ;) Size: 13"-16" circumference x 5"-7" long.

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    ADOPT AN OSTRICH: Adopt an individual young ostrich chick and follow his or her rapid growth for 12 months. Your adoption fee will be put toward the most nutritious feed available for your new chick. Adoption package includes: naming rights; official frame-worthy certificate of adoption; ostrich fact sheet; and photo updates for the next year. Chicks may be adopted immediately (currently 2-5 months old) or freshly hatched beginning April 2016.

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    FEED A CHICK FOR TWO MONTHS: Your support at this level will feed one of our fast-growing chicks for two months... more than doubling its size! As a sincere thank you, we will send you your choice of TWO PIECES of schwag. Choose two of the following:

    (1) REUSABLE GROCERY TOTE: Just say no to paper or plastic. Show you care by toting one of three designs on this roomy (15" x 14" x 7"), durable, 100% cotton-twill, over-the-shoulder bag. Choose one of three designs: "Live Green"; "Red is the New Green"; or "Sustainable (M)eats".

    (2) SUSTAINABLE (AND EDUCATIONAL!) WATER BOTTLE: High quality and BPA-free with AOF sustainability infographic. Let's get the word out that ostrich production requires dramatically less water than any other red meat. Save water... Pick Ostrich!

    (3) AOF LOGO or RED BIRD HAT: Your choice of embroidery... the official AOF team hat with logo on the front and "The Healthy Red Meat" on the back, OR a subtle, stylish, "Red Bird" on the front only. Incredibly comfortable, lightweight, classic 100% brushed cotton twill, low profile, with an adjustable fabric slide closure. We'll collect your logo and color choices after the campaign ends, and you'll be representing the future of red meat.

    (4) AOF T-SHIRT: Share your enthusiasm for the healthy, sustainable, red meat with our AOF T-shirt – the same one worn by Catherine in the video :) We'll collect sizes (from newborn to XXL adult) after the campaign ends.

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    GENUINE AMERICAN OSTRICH LEATHER TRIM HAT OR KEY FOB. Pick one of the following:

    OSTRICH TRIM HAT: Your choice of the AOF Logo or Red Bird embroidery. AOF logo hats include "The Healthy Red Meat" on the back. Same comfortable, lightweight, classic 100% brushed cotton twill hat as above, except this one has a custom, hand-stitched cognac-colored OSTRICH LEATHER strap closure on the back. We will collect your logo and hat color options after the campaign ends. You are one of the first people in the world to own a hat like this!

    OSTRICH LEATHER KEY FOB: In gorgeous cognac-colored Ostrich. It's almost certainly the only ostrich leather key fob 100% Made in America... American leather, tanned in America, designed in America and crafted in America. Beat that!

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    PREMIUM OSTRICH MEAT: Starter pack! 5 pounds of boneless meat (ground, steaks, and filets). USDA inspected. Shipped frozen. AND get your name on our food truck!

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    GENUINE AMERICAN OSTRICH LEATHER PRODUCTS DESIGNED AND CRAFTED IN THE USA. At this level of support, please choose one of the following wallets:

    FIVE POCKET CARD CASE: The Minimalist Gentleman's Wallet... in a gorgeous cognac color. Highly durable and pliable ostrich leather card case.

    SPRING CLIP CARD CASE: A variation of The Minimalist Gentleman's Wallet – with billfold clip – in a gorgeous cognac color. Highly durable and pliable ostrich leather; no magnetism to deactivate credit cards or hotel room keys.

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    RANCH VISIT: Come visit AOF in Boise, Idaho! Includes a guided tour of AOF grounds and facilities, feeding and interacting with birds of all ages, and either an ostrich egg omelet brunch or an ostrich burger lunch with the McCoys. $25pp additional for families larger than 4 please.

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    PREMIUM OSTRICH MEAT: One-eighth of a bird = 10 pounds of boneless meat (ground, steaks, and filets). USDA inspected. Shipped frozen. AND get your name on our food truck!

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    PREMIUM OSTRICH MEAT: One-quarter of a bird = 20 pounds of boneless meat (ground, steaks, and filets). USDA inspected. Shipped frozen. AND get your name on our food truck!

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    PREMIUM OSTRICH MEAT: One-half of a bird = 40 pounds of boneless meat (ground, steaks, and filets). USDA inspected. Shipped frozen. AND get your name on our food truck!

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    PREMIUM OSTRICH MEAT: One whole bird = 80 pounds of boneless meat (ground, steaks, and filets). USDA inspected. Shipped frozen. AND get your name on our food truck!

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    OSTRICH RANCHING WEEKEND EXPERIENCE: You and up to FIVE friends will come to AOF in Boise, Idaho and spend a weekend learning the ins and outs of operating a sustainable ranch – including sessions on hatching, genetics, waste management, and soil and water conservation. Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch included.

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    CATERING TRIP: All partnership opportunities welcome -- let us cater your event! The McCoys will drive the newly decked out food truck (with everyone's names!) and cook for up to 200 of your friends, family, and co-workers who love delicious, healthy, sustainable red meat! Full lunch or dinner, including ostrich burgers, non-alcoholic drinks, and sides. Fuel and lodging for Team McCoy not included; max 1,000 miles from Boise, Idaho.

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