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By Jenn Colby and Chris Sargent
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About this project

Hi. We're Jenn Colby and Chris Sargent.

Jenn and Chris in their Howling Hog gear.
Jenn and Chris in their Howling Hog gear.

We own Howling Wolf Farm and Howling Hog Barbecue. We raise and prepare meat animals with respect and care.  In 2016, we bought an 88-acre farm after more than 15 years spent small-scale farming, cooking, and competitive barbequeing together.  While we are excited about the opportunities to expand our grass-fed lamb and pastured pigs, it's been an even more delightful surprise to experience what the farm has meant to us creatively.  Poetry. Photography. Music. Food. Sketching and collage.

A beautiful spot to get your creative juices flowing.
A beautiful spot to get your creative juices flowing.

We'd like to share that experience with you. So, how can we do that? By building a yurt for farm stays and retreats.

What's a yurt, and why would you choose one? Based on a design perfected by Mongolian nomads, yurts are round, portable dwellings that heat and cool quickly, shed snow and rain, and bring many comforts along with the camping experience. 

Yurts are now popular in campgrounds.
Yurts are now popular in campgrounds.

Typically built on a wooden platform, they have a flat and finished floor. The interior floor plans are totally flexible.

Yurts can be decorated quite beautifully.
Yurts can be decorated quite beautifully.
 

Once the platform is built, a yurt can be assembled and completed in 1-2 days. 

Genius lightweight and solid design.
Genius lightweight and solid design.

 

We would like to provide a home-away-from-home for artists, creators, gamers, and seekers, that feels comfortable, protected, and still surrounded by nature.  We have built our budget around a 24' Liberty yurt by White Mountain Yurts. The yurt will include a platform, woodstove, and running water (season permitting). If we exceed our initial fundraising target, our stretch goals include adding insulation and a composting toilet.

Morning sunrise
Morning sunrise

Once our project is funded, we will place a 50% deposit on our yurt in order to start the custom manufacturing process.  We already have access to the equipment needed to prepare the site for the platform construction.  We anticipate that the platform will be complete by the end of June, with the yurt raised in July.  Give us a little time to install creature comforts and furnishings, and the project should be complete prior to the Fall leaf season in September.

This view is roughly from where the yurt will be located.
This view is roughly from where the yurt will be located.

How has this farm inspired us (and will inspire you)? Incredible sunrises and sunsets.  Views in every direction.  Adorable livestock.  Winnie-the-Pooh trees.  Long walks in the woods (we don't have a beach).  Wind through the leaves.  Ledges and moss.  The song of the train on the railroad tracks twice a day (just enough and not too much).  The bald eagle that lives nearby.    Silence. The White River.  Juniper and blueberries bushes.  The peregrine falcon we saw today.  Old apple trees.  Pig noses.  Ducks and wild geese on the pond. The stars and the silvery moon.

Did we mention we're just one mile from an Amtrak stop?  Why aren't you here already? Choose your reward and come visit!

Yeah, it's amazing here...
Yeah, it's amazing here...

 

 Thanks for joining us on this Food-Family-and-Farm adventure!

Risks and challenges

Like all projects, there is some risk involved, but we feel confident that if funded, we'll be able to deliver. We are both professional project coordinators with over 45 combined years of experience getting jobs done, large and small.

Our biggest challenge (and concern) is that farming is a summer-based activity. We move the livestock every day and are still getting settled in to the farm with other projects. As a back-up plan, any of our yurt-or-experience-based rewards can have a sliding schedule. But never fear! We have estimated the time generously and hope to have everything ready for rewards as early as possible.

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    Thank You and Recognition

    Thank you so much for generally supporting our project, we really appreciate it! All donors will be included in the framed sign we will hang in the yurt in perpetuity as a reminder of the community support that helped make it happen.

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    Farm Postcards

    Enjoy three farm postcards as a thank you! Let us choose which ones

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    Farm Photo & Haiku

    Suitable for framing, a high-quality 8.5"X11" farm photo taken by Jenn, with haiku written on that day.

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    Tshirt

    Select your choice of Howling Wolf Farm or Howling Hog Barbecue tshirt.

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    Name a 2017 Ram Lamb

    Name a ram lamb, anything you want. Name him after your best friend, your dad, or your favorite football player. We can't promise he'll stay in the flock for years, but we do promise his name will stay with him, as long as he's ours.

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    On Pasture Special

    A one-hour consultation with Jenn about moving your own farm dream along! Consultation by phone for those far away, or in person within Vermont.

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    Name a 2017 Ewe Lamb

    Name a lamb that will potentially stay in the flock for years--anything you want. Name her after your mom, or your favorite daytime soap character. You'll get full-color photo of your little darling!

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    Lamb Naming Combo (13% discount)

    By popular demand, name both a ram and a ewe lamb! Perfect for those famous couples like George and Martha; Peanut Butter and Jelly; and Angelina and Brad. Your choice!

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    Weekend Yurt Stay ($170 value)

    Indulge your inner artist or simply recharge with a weekend yurt stay. Includes a farm tour and local farm-raised goodies.

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    Yurt & Lamb Combo

    By request! A few of our backers said they have had trouble choosing between naming a lamb and staying in the yurt for a weekend. Why not both? You can stay in the yurt and visit the lamb that bears your special name.

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    Howling Wolf Farm Haiku 365 Pack

    A year in the making, with a haiku written for each day, starting with the day we closed on the farm. Accompanied by photos of farm life through the seasons. Includes an original 10"x10" book, 8.5"X11" photo with haiku, and 5 assorted postcards.

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    One Week Yurt Stay ($595 value)

    Indulge your inner artist or simply recharge with a full week yurt stay. Includes a farm tour and local farm-raised goodies.

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    Competition Barbecue Experience

    Spend the weekend with us at a barbecue competition! Learn the ins and outs of our experience competing for more than a decade, while rubbing elbows with competitors from around the region. Whether you choose to stay at a nearby hotel or rough it in the field with the folks of Howling Hog, you'll be guaranteed to get the true New England Barbecue competition experience, in the front row.

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    American Barbecue Tour Tasting Dinner

    You and your friends and family (up to 14 people) will join Pitboss Chris for an evening of culinary travel as he takes you on a barbecue tour of the United States in the cozy trappings of our sugar house event space. Sample regional styles of barbecue and learn about the history and culture that makes each one unique. You'll enjoy Texas-style brisket, Kansas City-style ribs, Carolina-style pork shoulder, Alabama-style chicken and much more as you wind your way through the flavors that make barbecue America's original cuisine.

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    One Month Yurt Bonanza (20% discount)

    Are you looking for a Vermont farm oasis? Indulge your inner artist with a full month yurt stay. Includes plenty of opportunities to explore the farm and your own creativity. Includes local farm-raised goodies each week, as well as a Howling Wolf Farm Haiku 365 Pack to let you take your memories home. Redeemable in 2017 or 2018, depending on your preference.

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