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Stone Ground flours milled from heirloom and regular organic wheat and grains grown in Wisconsin.
Local. Organic. Stone Ground flours milled from heirloom and regular organic wheat and grains grown in Wisconsin.
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We don't think that organic wheat and flour has to come from Canada, the Dakotas, or even Kansas.  We know that it can be produced locally - here in Wisconsin.

In fact in the early 1900's before Wisconsin became "the Dairy State", you could have called us the breadbasket of the nation. Wisconsin was arguably the Number One wheat producing state in the country.  

We know we can grow wheat here, and we know we can mill it here. 

We started Grafton Stone Mill because we believe local grains are the next logical step in the growing local food movement. 

We're nearly to the finish line of getting this thing off the ground, and we're asking for your help to get us there.  

In the last 4 months we've:

  • Established relationships with local organic Wisconsin farmers to grow our wheat and other small grains
  • Hit the streets and discovered strong interest in locally grown organic wheat and flours, from operators of local farmers markets, to the bakers in our most popular restaurants and bakeries
  • Purchased an Osttiroler 700MSM stone mill for milling wheat and grains into flour, and other ancillary equipment for all aspects of grain cleaning and gravity separation
  • Secured space for our operations 
  • Initiated licensing and certification through the State of Wisconsin and MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association)

We've accomplished quite a bit, but we need your help to ultimately start milling.  We need to: 

  • Build a clean room for milling and packaging at our facility
  • Build out ventilation for the mill
  • Amass additional working capital for purchase of more wheat and grains
  • Design and build our website/online store and procure packaging
  • Research and test of other grains to ultimately mill like blue corn, rye, oats, spelt, emmer, etc.

Our team has the experience to make this happen, and can execute.

One of our farmers, who is a partner in the business, has been growing organic grains for over 20 years, and has 15 years of experience cleaning and milling organic flax seed.

Another member of our team has 10 years of experience working on and running a local CSA farm and has established CSA, farmer market, and restaurant contacts throughout Wisconsin.

Risks and challenges

We see two main challenges to our project:

1. Availability of product - wheat and other grains

We are working hard to establish relationships with interested growers all around Wisconsin, and ensure our supply can meet the demand we know exists. But like any agricultural project, growing grain is always subject to the whims of nature! Luckily, our growers are experienced and already have all the equipment needed to grow a great crop. We're mitigating our risk by growing our grains all across the state, and continually reaching out to farmers to have the ground we need.

2. Consistency of finished product - milled flour

Heritage grains, stone milling, and having a smaller numbers of grain producers can produce a product that is sometimes less consistent than what a person might get from large flour mills like King Arthur. We plan to provide important information on our packaging like protein content, falling numbers, and the type of wheat, which will help keep bakers informed and ahead of the curve.

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    Getting your taste buds a treat

    We want to give as many people as possible a chance to try our product before the rest of the known world. This is your chance, 1lbs of our best artisan bread ship right to your door, and a Thank You letter from the owners.

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    Grafton Stone Mill Supporter

    Grafton Stone Mill sticker with logo, 2lbs of our best artisan bread flour, and a Thank You letter from the owners.

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    Founders Circle

    Grafton Stone Mill Founders Circle Card. A package of cookies made from our flour, logo sticker, priority ordering, and an overall good feeling of support, with a Thank You letter from the owners.

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    Millers Circle

    All previous rewards included with additional access to special events at the mill! We'll show you our processes and how things get from the farm to you.

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    The backers and bakers

    All previous rewards plus an additional 5lbs bag of our best artisan bread flour. Should get you baking and sharing.

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    Stewardship Founder

    Give back to the land. All the above rewards included and your package of cookies turns into 2, and 2lbs of our best artisan bread flour! For every Stewardship Founding donation we will also donate an hour of community service to the farming and restoration organization of your choice in Wisconsin. All organizations considered and will be mutually agreed upon.

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    Bakers Package

    We want you to use our product. Our best milled flour made to order. Grafton Stone Mill Founders Circle Card, and a personal delivery from the owners (Within 250 miles of Milwaukee) Shipping outside that area per standard carriers.

    2 - 50 lbs bags our best artisan bread flour

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    Practice what we preach

    Dinner in the field. Chef prepared organic dinner served to you and a guest. Guest organic industry speakers and a chance to meet our farmers. The goal of the event is to showcase our process and meet the real people who make a difference in local organic food production and preparation.

    Above rewards included. Location will be West Bend, WI. Summer of 2017.

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    Custom Guitar

    One of our owners builds and restores custom guitars. This is a very special chance to own a custom Beyond Vintage guitar of your choice. It will be a Fender Style Telecaster made to your spec's and needs. Please contact Nic for details and examples.

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    Personalized Wheat

    We will white label our highest quality organic wheat flour we can produce for your Bakery or Community. Custom Labeling and Priority ordering. This will set you apart form the rest of the known world with your own product hand crafted by our Stone Mill and tested to ensure you are selling the best organic stone ground flour we can produce.

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    The gifts and the journey.

    Chef prepared meal in our home for you and 5 of your guests, featuring our products. Also included is our white labeled product (if you'd like it), farm tour, and mill tour. A seat on our advisory board and direct access to our production process is also included. We want to thank the many people who are helping us start this journey! Help us tell a great American story of Wisconsin organic wheat and flour.

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    Well, you know who you are

    if you are reading this reward (and more importantly thinking about giving it ;) you aren't asking for anything other than a chance to help incubate a business creating an organic loving, sustainable farm to table company.

    But as we are in the business of thanking people, a seat on our board and a Chef prepared meal in our home is in order.

    Thanks for being an integral piece in helping our idea become a reality. We believe in our vision, and are grinding away to making this a remarkable company. We are rooted in Wisconsin values and charged with doing our small part to better the lives of the people that Grafton Stone Mill touches.

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