Our Kickstarter project completes AntFarm’s Café and Bakery bringing healthy food, enjoyable space, and hope to a community of people whom has dreamed, planned, and worked for this goal. It is the culmination of a powerful 2 ½ years of grass roots efforts and volunteer dedication to help youth develop skills. Interestingly enough, it has not only been the youth whom have benefited from this focus but the entire community has now stepped forward with enthusiasm and hope.
We are in the final phase and ask for your help.
community barriers = youth struggle
Sandy Oregon is the "Gateway to Mount Hood" and is midway between Portland and Mount Hood. Although close to a large metropolitan area, Sandy and the adjoining rural communities are recreation destinations for our urban neighbors to ski, snowboard, bike, hike, and fish. Youth in this area frequently cannot afford to participate in these recreational activities and are underserved in learning job skills, developing life skills, exploring artistic talents, and learning about healthy foods and lifestyles. Economical and transportation barriers also contribute to the negative effect on the separation and disconnection felt within community.
We observed the youth in our small community struggling and have heard directly from them. ”I had no ambition for real life things. I had ambition to go to the skate park and smoke.” Jonah Hintz, 18 year old
“There is a dire need in this town for some sort of honest support.”Travis Roundy, 19 year old
Youth struggles are seen in our community through homelessness, addictions, mental illness, quitting school, apathy, poverty, and unemployment.
A youth who did not want to be identified required a great deal of support to stop using drugs and alcohol. “I used to be a bad kid. I have been in and out of foster homes. I would not have graduated if AntFarm hadn’t helped me. AntFarm has helped me figure out what I will be doing next.”Anonymous, 17 year old
antfarm = youth success
In 2009, Woape, a local nonprofit, responded to community need. Beginning as an idea of support, we leased a 3700 square foot empty and worn down old building. Several youth demolished and rebuilt this space into a community center called AntFarm. The name AntFarm honors the local rural area and the work of ants that live as community and are hard workers. Beginning as an idea, we have witnessed the establishment of a strong and viable community resource by offering individual tutoring, job skills training, life skills coaching, healthy eating, and outdoor activities. Youth, adults, and families come together in eliminating barriers, developing future plans, and creating support. AntFarm is a new way of thinking. It is a social movement which focuses on the importance of environment, education, health, and respect.
As AntFarm evolved, we developed respectful indoor and outdoor environments of learning to help local youth learn skills and gain experiences of health. Some projects include building mountain bike trails, hiking, gardening, and helping seniors and disabled community members.
kickstarter = community health
We believe that AntFarm’s Café and Bakery will bring farm-to-table thinking, hope, and sustainability to an entire community.It’s not just a café but food for the future bringing back traditional values of caring for the land, our community, and our families.
AntFarm's Cafe and Bakery is the culmination of hundreds of hours of a local community working together. We have helped support our youth and elders and everyone has learned. It is here that local people can come and meet, drink nutritious smoothies and eat great food, listen to music, help tutor youth with homework, and support young people in learning the art of running an organic café and bakery. The community connections in the Café and Bakery are made through good healthy food and strong values of respectful connection. The youth who run the café will learn valuable skills for the development of themselves including healthy habits, roles, and routines.
The food prepared and served in the AntFarm Café and Bakery will be grown in the AntFarm Community Garden. Locally grown and personally connected to the youth, their families, and community members, the organic produce harvested and utilized in the café teaches the value in a local food source which exemplifies the teaching of “farm to table.”
The bakery will provide delicious fresh baked breads and pastries prepared in alignment with “old fashioned” cooking styles. Teaching youth about the ways bread was baked in the early days of America is important to our mission.
The AntFarm Café and Bakery will also support teaching the community about preservation methods of canning and drying. Bringing senior citizens and youth together to share in the learning and create a cross generational environments will enrich the learning and the food served.
Your Kickstarter support brings healthy food from the garden to the table!
your support = health, happiness, & success
AntFarm Café and Bakery is a community effort. We operate from a simple place; to assist people in making healthy relations and developing health and happiness for the future. Each youth who works in the café as well as the community patrons will receive the reward of this environment and healthy food. We wish to provide you, the investor, rewards that come from this same place. Our rewards are simple; to offer continued connections with gratitude and reports of our progress. If you are local, we gladly will share our food and environment. We wish to share with you the stories of success so that you understand the importance of your investment.
We have been endorsed by many: the Mayor, City Council, Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners, Workforce Investment Council, MJ Murdock Trust, Collins Foundation, NIKE Employee Giving Grant, Healthy Eating Clackamas County Grant, Pacific University, Oregon Trail School Educators, other nonprofits, and most importantly, our youth and families!
Thank you for your witness to our current accomplishments in establishing AntFarm and thank you for your investment in our future to provide health for our next generations. Your Kickstarter support rewards the youth, elders, and community members working hard to create a healthy community. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
Our challenges in visioning AntFarm have been many. They have spanned economic difficulties, social issues, and the depth of personal and community belief systems. Some include: (1) beginning the project during hard times with a struggling economy, (2) beginning the project with no money, (3) confronting community concerns and beliefs about youth delinquency and negative behavior, and (4) helping the community develop belief in hope and the ability to work together. From the onset of this project, we have approached concerns and worries with open honest communication. We have engaged senior citizens and youth to work together. We have gained city and business support. We have developed relationships with educators. It really has been one relationship at a time. At this point in our venture, the primary risk is the management of a cafe in hard economic times. Our strong support from youth, families, businesses, nonprofits, and the city has moved us past these concerns as the support has been demonstrated over and over again!
Our management of risk is critical as we are very important resource to the youth and families of NE Clackamas County. Investing our financial support responsibly is important to us. Here is our budget for our Kickstarter investments:
(1) $3,000 - inventory for start up
(2) $2,160 - cafe uniform needs
(3) $4,000 - old fashioned produce shelving, crates, and farm tables for cafe
(4) $16,676 - completion of purchase of restaurant equipment including installation
(5) $1,275 - Local garden "plot to plate" supplies and transportation to bring organic produce to cafe
(6) $3,000 - Kickstarter expenses including rewards
Our overall budget also includes an additional $50,000 in staffing costs that are being donated for our first year of business. These amazing volunteers are highly trained gardeners, cooks, youth services workers, and cafe managers that believe in our mission. Our plan is to transition management of these services into paid positions once we become more sustainable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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