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Hosta Hill has a kitchen underway, and we need your help with construction costs and kitchen equipment!
195 backers pledged $14,406 to help bring this project to life.

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Soy beans + Cabbage in our fields
Soy beans + Cabbage in our fields

WHAT + WHY Hosta Hill is asking for your help in building a processing space for our products.  We grow vegetables, and produce cultured foods, but we do not have access to appropriate commercial kitchen space that will allow us to grow.  For several years, we have been producing our fermented products in various rented kitchens and selling them at farmers markets.  We have received very positive feedback from customers, chefs, and shop owners who want to find our product in a store or use it in their restaurant.  The lack of appropriate processing facilities in the Berkshire area has made it very difficult for us to sell wholesale.  It is because of this gap in processing infrastructure that would allow small farmers to process their products into value-added goods that we're turning our basement into commercial kitchen space.  Doing this has many benefits; we can keep overhead low, we're able to incorporate our work into our daily lives, we have the ability to monitor the fermentation process of our products, and we can grow our local food economy.   

To give you some insight into OUR PHILOSOPHY and work ethic, here is what we're doing and planning for.  This past year we grew 80% of the vegetables that go into our vegetable ferments.  We grew several hundred pounds of soy beans, and are turning them into this years seed stock.  This coming year we will be doing trial runs of several different varieties of beans to see if they are appropriate for our tempeh, and are increasing the amount of vegetables for our ferments.   We feel it is very important that we grow our raw ingredients, thus being able to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best possible product (plus we LOVE spending time in the fields!).  We farm in collaboration with several friends who run a small CSA, and are reducing our environmental impact by farming with two draft horses.  Our intention, which may take a year or two, is to grow 100% of our raw ingredients that go into our products.  While we are not certified organic, we use no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.  We take the health of the land very seriously.

THE IMPACT  With your financial help, you will not only be helping us build a kitchen, but will directly be supporting sustainable farming practices, the local food economy, as well as a few jobs!

ALL OR NOTHING FUNDRAISING If we don't raise our set goal we won't get a penny! A dollar goes a long way when many people chip in, so anything you can give is greatly appreciated!  We have put our savings into this and have taken loans from family and friends to get started.  We need your help to finish.

mmm Tempeh
mmm Tempeh

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You get REWARDS!!

Art postcards made by Maddie!

Handprinted T-shirts by the Hosta Hill crew! 

Gift Certificates to use at any of the many markets we will attend, starting May 2013!

Handy Dandy cooler tote to keep tempeh and other food items in their best condition while your shopping around!

Tours! Classes! Plaques! 

we thank you! thank you! thank you!

thank you postcards
thank you postcards

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LAST but not LEAST, a big thanks to CHRIS GAUTHIER for your energy and expertise in making this amazing video come to LIFE!!

Risks and challenges

We understand that with a project like this there are challenges. We have met with local and state health inspectors, as well as the various other agencies that have a say in what we're doing (there are many). These issues include zoning regulations, Department of Environmental Protection (i.e. concerning effluent removal), and wholesale liscensure. With that being said, these agencies are bureaucracies, and bureaucracies can be slow and difficult to navigate. We are confident that we can make this happen although we have taken into account that delays are possible. With that being said we have plans to be finished with the kitchen by May! Cross your fingers for us.

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    MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK . . A HUG of gratitude and a SHOUT out on our facebook page!

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    TASTE IT! A sticker and a certificate redeemable for a 1/2 lb block of tempeh or 16 oz. jar of vegetable ferment of your choice at any farmers' market we attend.

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    SPORT IT! A first-edition, handprinted Hosta Hill Tee PLUS a certificate redeemable for a 1/2 lb block of tempeh or a 16 oz. jar of vegetable ferment of your choice at any farmers' market we attend.

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    GOODIE CHOICE. Get a handprinted Hosta Hill T-shirt as well as a handy insulated cooler bag to shop around at your favorite farmers' market! INCLUDES a certificate redeemable for a 1/2 lb block of tempeh or a 16 oz. jar of vegetable ferment of your choice at any farmers' market we attend.

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    LOCAL BACKERS: A TOUR of the new kitchen along with a LESSON on how to ferment vegetables. Go home with a T-shirt, cooler tote bag, 2-16 oz. jars of vegetable ferments and 1 lb of tempeh.

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    NON-LOCAL BACKERS: Your name posted in our kitchen on a plaque of recognition, as well as a T-shirt, cooler tote bag, and 2-16 oz. jars of vegetable ferments!

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    LOCAL BACKERS: A TOUR of the new kitchen, as well as your choice of lesson on how to make fermented vegetables OR tempeh. Includes T-shirt, cooler tote bag, 4-16 oz. jars of vegetable ferments and 2 lbs of tempeh!

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    NON-LOCAL BACKERS: Your name posted in our kitchen on a plaque of recognition, as well as a T-shirt, cooler tote bag, and 4-16 oz. jars of vegetable ferments.

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