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Sustainably Grown Herbs, Handcrafted Botanical Products

Help us build a solar-powered production facility & community learning space to expand our production of medicinal & culinary herbs

Sustainably Grown Herbs, Handcrafted Botanical Products

Help us build a solar-powered production facility & community learning space to expand our production of medicinal & culinary herbs

CA$ 10,908
pledged of CA$ 15,000pledged of CA$ 15,000 goal
83
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 1 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

We are on a mission to grow the finest botanicals possible, using sustainable and ecological farming practices. Now we need a dedicated space to store our herbs, create our herbal teas and wellness products, and run workshops to teach others about these amazing plants. 

Our Farm

If you check the origin of the ingredients in your spice or tea cupboard, chances are they are grown somewhere far away from you, by people that you are very disconnected from (and their quality, flavour, and potency likely very diminished). That’s what we discovered for ourselves a few years ago, and what inspired us to convert our vegetable farm into a medicinal and culinary herb farm. 

 We are a small ecologcally-minded farm, growing on only a few acres, without the use of any chemicals. We cultivate over 40 varieties of herbs - harvesting and processing by hand to ensure the highest level of quality is retained. We also forage our beautiful woods for wild medicinals, from evergreen trees, to wildflowers and mushrooms.      

 Our farm has celebrated many successes over the past three years. We have filled a gap in the Canadian market for locally grown herbs, created great partnerships with local medicine makers, brewers,  and restaurants. We have shared the benefits of herbs with our wonderful community and have healthy soil and beautiful nutrient-dense crops. 

However, our farm is not yet operating in a way that is financially or personally sustainable. To get there, we need to invest in infrastructure, increase our growing space, and with the new addition of our first child last September, have an immediate need to separate our farming operation from our personal living space.  Bring on this project!

Growing the Farm: "The Herbarium"

This year we have rented land to double our growing space – which means we will have 2x the amount of herbs to dry, process, package, sell and store.

Currently, our home is used for many of these tasks, and we've run out of space. Picture shipping boxes and harvest crates covering our dining table, dried herbs across our living room floor, and our farm crew going in and out of our kitchen with muddy boots. And a lot of wasted time moving all this stuff around.   

 The opportunity: There is currently a 24' x 24' shed on our property, with a strong frame but a decaying inside. We are going to turn it into The Herbarium- an off-grid multifunctional workspace; a processing, kitchen and storage facility, as well as a place to host the public for workshops and events. 

Here's what The Herbarium would mean for our business:

  • Capacity to scale up farm operations with a permanent setup that will support greater efficiency in post-harvest processing
  • More storage = more tea for sale year-round! 
  • A commercial kitchen to create all sorts of fun herbal products
  • A venue to host the public for educational events on farming, herbs, permaculture, and sustainable building technology 

There's more....!

Our goal is to utilize renewable energy and rainwater capture so that this space fits with the values of our farm. We will be able to share about the techniques we used and teach others about sustainable building technology.

We anticipate the total cost of The Herbarium renovation to be $45,000. We want to do it right - so that it can serve us and our community for many MANY years. 

But we need your help to make it happen. 

We are looking to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter to help us bring our vision to life this year.

Whether it's backing our campaign (scroll to the bottom for a rewards overview with photos), sharing our project on social media, or talking about it with your friends, we appreciate your support in whatever way you can offer it!

We look forward to sharing this space and our farm's bounty with all of you.

Kate & Phil

The Cost

We anticipate the project costing $45,000. We have set our Kickstarter goal at $15,000, but if we exceed this amount you can scroll down to read about our stretch goals.

Stretch Goals

This campaign is ALL OR NOTHING, which means if we don't achieve our goal, we don't get any funding. That said, if we do hit our goal, we have some exciting stretch goals -- aka things we'd be able to implement sooner with additional funds

What makes our herbs & herbal tea different?

 Our teas are grown, dried and blended in small batches on our farm. We don't import ANY additional herbs - only what we can produce ourselves in this Ontario climate.  When the season’s harvest is sold out, you’ll have to wait for the next one. But that's what makes each sip even more special! Our herbs are:

  • Grown for nutrient density
  • Harvested on a human sale
  • The finest, freshest quality 
  • Connecting people to the local ecosystem 
  • Read more about our difference

Rewards

We've worked hard to create a variety of rewards for those local and in faraway places! Any pledge of $50 or more will get your name added to our permanent wall of supporters in the herbarium. 

Local Pickup: Save shipping costs by visiting beautiful Uxbridge, Ontario and collecting your reward in-person!  

Special Thanks to:

  • Rob Garrard for your filming excellence and video expertise
  • Casey Cunningham (Bohemiam Blooms) for capturing the beauty of our beloved plants
  •  Jessica Lee Photography for gifting us your incredible skill
  • Leo Taillon of TakeRoot Creative for jumping in to assist with video fine tuning
  • And thank you to our family, friends, and Uxbridge community for being wonderful cheerleaders of our farming endeavour

Risks and challenges

We hope to have the Herbarium up and running for the 2020 farming season. As we complete the demolition and re-build this year, we may run into unexpected construction delays.

All of our on-farm events and tours will be weather dependent and may need to be rescheduled for this reason.

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    #1: GRATITUDE

    You receive our heartfelt thanks and access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery of our 2019 farming season.

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    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
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    #2: EVERLASTING BLOOMS

    Bring our herb garden to your home. Receive three 6 x 9 postcards photographed at the farm by the talented Casey Cunningham of Bohemian Blooms. Use the postcards as framed wall art or however you feel inspired.

    Includes:
    • 6x9 print photographs
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
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    #3: EXCLUSIVITEA

    We've created two new small batch tea blends, available ONLY to Kickstarter backers! Choose either "Kickstart", a mix of wild berries and berry leaves, or "Positivitea" an uplifting lemon verbena and calendula blend. Plus, you'll get our Everlasting Blooms printed photos, so you can enjoy our herbs long after the tea is finished. Pick-up available, or add Canadian shipping.

    *PLEDGE $50 AND GET BOTH BLENDS AND YOUR NAME ON OUR WALL OF SUPPORTERS!

    Includes:
    • 15g pouch of exclusive herbal tea (choose flavour)
    • 6x9 print photographs
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 38

    #4: FARM TOUR

    Visit where the magic happens! Explore the fields where our tea is grown - see how it’s dried and processed. We'll give you a chance to sample our herbal teas, too. Multiple dates available.

    Includes:
    • Farm Tour (single admission)
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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    #5: WORKSHOP

    Dive into the wonderful world of herbs! Attend a 3-hour interactive workshop (taught by us) on one of the following topics:
    -Create your own herbal tea blend
    -Guided forest herb walk
    -Intro to your DIY home apothecary

    *Multiple dates available to choose

    Includes:
    • Admission to one workshop
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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    #6: FARM TOUR +PLUS

    Visit where the magic happens AND take home one of our exclusive herbal tea blends from reward #3.

    Includes:
    • Farm Tour (single admission)
    • 15g pouch of exclusive herbal tea (choose flavour)
    • 6x9 print photographs
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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    #7: TEA TIME

    For the tea lover! Get a sampler pack of tea blends and a beautiful geo ceramics tea mug handmade in Peterborough, Ontario. Pick-up available, or add Canadian shipping.

    Includes:
    • 15g pouches of our signature tea blends
    • geo ceramics handmade mug
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About US$ 76

    #8: VIP KIT

    Treat yourself to our farm fresh herbs with this personal care kit, includes herbal teas and botanical skin care products and a VIP card for 15% off any tea purchases in 2020 (online or in-person)! Pick-up available, or add Canadian shipping.

    Includes:
    • 15g Herbal Tea Pouches (you pick flavours)
    • Calendula & Seaberry Face Serum
    • Cedar & Rosemary Bath Soak
    • Chamomile Lip Balm
    • VIP Card (15% off any tea purchases in 2020)
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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    #9: BOTANICAL BLISS - THE WORKS!

    Can't choose between a workshop or the straight goods? You can have it all. Attend a workshop with us, sip on our herbal tea with a beautiful custom-made ceramic mug, and luxuriate in our botanical skin care products. Pick-up available, or add Canadian shipping.

    Includes:
    • Admission to one workshop
    • Custom Mug by Vanessa Slater or geo ceramics
    • 15g Herbal Tea Pouches (you pick flavours)
    • Calendula & Seaberry Face Serum
    • Cedar & Rosemary Bath Soak
    • Chamomile Lip Balm
    • VIP Card (15% off any tea purchases in 2020)
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
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    #10: FOREST TEA PARTY

    You and a friend are invited to join us at the farm for a magical afternoon. Sit under a canopy of cedar trees and enjoy appetizers and a sampling of herbal teas and other adult beverages. Limited to 12 spaces. You'll get to go home with a herbal goodie bag of seasonal products.

    Includes:
    • Forest Tea Party Admission
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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    #11: TEA CONNOISSEUR

    Work with us to create your very own tea blend with our herbs! After tasting and fine tuning, we will send you a personal tin plus 24 pouches, with your own custom label and blend name, which you can gift to your friends, family, and coworkers.

    Includes:
    • 24× 15g pouches of your custom blend
    • 100g tea tin of your custom blend
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
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    #12: PRIVATE GROUP WORKSHOP

    Come to us, or we'll travel to you for a private workshop for up to 12 people! Friends, family, coworkers... you choose. Topics can include: Intro to the Home Apothecary, Herbal Tea Blending 101, Designing and Growing a Herb Garden, Herbs for Stress, or send us a message with an idea and we'll let you know!

    *Must be within a 2-hour drive from Uxbridge, Ontario

    Includes:
    • Custom Workshop for 12 people
    • Access to behind-the-scenes photo gallery
    • Your name on our wall-of-supporters in the Herbarium!
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