UPDATE: You did it! We hit the mark, now the question is arising, what would we do with extra funding.
There is this lovely little cheese press I've had my eye on:
Dutch Stainless Steel Cheese Press Pneumatic cheese press, all stainless steel - 2 pistons CAN $3995.00 (approx. US $3927)
I would need to raise that much more, because I have other pressing (get it?) projects. If the backer provided, and spoke for the press, then I would have to honor their wishes. Otherwise all extra funds will be used to help complete these other projects we need to complete on the farm this year:
These projects include (and will be completed this year with or without this project:
• Fencing additional pasture so we can better rotate our pastures (approx. $600 each fenceline – 6 fencelines; 5 gates approx $300 gate – not including labor)
• New shelter including a kidding barn for this new area (approx. $14,000 for materials)
• Concrete for the heavy use area to protect our land in the winter (approx. $8000)
• An onsite 3-bin compost facility (approx. $12,000 for concrete, walls and roof)
We aren’t expecting to fund these projects through Kickstarter, but I did want to assure you that any funds that should arise in addition to what we need for our Cheese Cave, Classroom and Farm Store would be valued and productive on the farm as well.
Thank you SO much for this amazing outpouring of support. I am still searching for the right words of gratitude; please accept my simple Thank You!!
UPDATE: We have been lucky enough to be interviewed by Kicktraq on their blog. For more details about our project please be sure to click and read. It addresses everything from what we have already done and invested to my favorite goat and what are dreams for the farm are: http://blog.kicktraq.com/so-close-cheese-cave-cheesemaking-classes-at-the-little-brown-farm-2/
We want to grow! We want to build a Cheese Cave, add Cheesemaking Classes and a Farm Store at the Little Brown Farm… Wow! That sure sounds like a lot of stuff! Maybe even more than one project? It actually is just one micro-creamery construction project, with 3 distinct impacts.
That is why this kickstarter is so important to us. The construction of the Cave cannot be completed without completing the Farm Store project. The completion of the construction allows us to ramp up our Cheesemaking Classes, offering more opportunity to teach and reach out to the community, our community - as in Whidbey Island, Seattle, the PNW, but also farmers and want-to-be farmers who want to impact life the best way they can.
The revenue stream produced by adding some frequently requested cheesemaking classes and a retail space is the missing piece to make our farm more economically viable. I have a passion for teaching and adding this to my gift for creating delicious cheese, is a winner.
We need an aging room! Fresh cheese is delicious, and we make great fresh goat cheeses. But we know how to make fantastic aged cheeses too. Unfortunately our space is so limited there is no way we can make aged cheeses to meet the level of interest we have received.
In 2010 we completed construction of our licensed (and certified) dairy facility. To create an aging room, classroom, and retail space entails significant construction. Once our Farm Store is complete, we will have a finished area to receive school tours, senior tours, and a clean, pleasant retail area. The classroom would also be part of this area.
I am already the luckiest person you’d ever meet. I love my goats. I love making cheese, sharing what I know about making cheese, and being part of a growing local food community. Showing todays’ children where real food (real good food!) comes from is incredibly exciting to me. Sometimes connecting a 10 year old to a goat on a milk stand sets off an awareness of the food chain whose results we could never predict. Pursuing my passion is not lucrative, it’s not restful or relaxing, and it includes pitchforking poop and dramatic losses (see my blog, I really share it all good, bad and delicious), but I am living my dream. Every day. I’m already the luckiest person I know and for that I’m grateful.
Not everyone is crazy enough to chuck their office-type day job and move to the country to become a farmer. (What were we thinking?) But you can get some vicarious rural experience by supporting our project, and who knows…maybe you can visit the farm, snuggle our goat babies and try our cheeses. We’d love to see you.
Thank you for your consideration and embracing our dream. We invite you to become part of it.
- (58 days)