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Chile farmer & maker of world class salt brine fermentation chile sauces, needs funding for certified commercial kitchen.

RUSHY SPRINGS FARM NEEDS YOUR HELP TO BUILD A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN.

Back in the ‘70’s  I was living in New York City deeply embedded in the art community. My girlfriend at the time was a belly dancer. I became obsessed with the idea of creating an old time medicine show and touring the south! Neither the belly dancer nor anyone else seemed to think this was an artistic venture worth pursuing. So, eventually I let it drop. If I knew then what I know now about chilies I might have brought this concept to reality, and salt brine fermentation chile sauces would have been my snake oil.

I have learned that not only are chiles essential spices in most of the world’s fine cuisines (as well as being tasty and nutritious fruits alone or combined with other vegetables, either raw or cooked) but have medicinal qualities that make them one of the most important herbal remedies in the plant kingdom.

Through a confluence of circumstances over three decades long, making salt brine fermentation chile sauces and encouraging their use has become the primary focus of my life. Like most obsessions this one does not come without thorns. The biggest thorn, the one causing the most pain at this time, is complying with Tennessee’s decidedly unprogressive “food production regulations”. In spite of the fact that the fermentation process and the high concentration of vinegar in the finished sauce are by their very nature anti pathogenic, Tennessee law requires that they be produced under the most stringent regulations - commercial kitchen. Production in an off farm facility is a logistical nightmare and an unsustainable time sink. On the other hand, the cost of constructing and equipping an on site facility is hard to financially justify at the scale I am currently capable of maintaining. ( Keep in mind that I grow the chiles, an important aspect in my extremely high quality standards, and that even if I were willing to work with whatever was available, most of the chiles I grow are simply not available anywhere else. In Fact, one of the chilies I grow (Tennessee Cherry Chile) is available no where else.).

Altruism has always played a role in the choices I’ve made with what to do with my life. As a result, I have no regrets regarding the moral and ethical implications of my past or present, but it has been a difficult life financially. My life is simple and frugal, the work is hard and the hours are long. Without my Social Security check, which pays the mortgage on the land that I farm this venture would not survive. I do not persevere because I have to, but rather, I believe that in a rational social system everyone should grow as much of their own food as possible and a significant percentage should grow as much as possible. Knowing what I know, I believe that I am obligated to do what I am doing.

Clearly, I am not seeking my fortune through a chile sauce dynasty, and it is not monetary gain that I seek from you, but rather, the opportunity to continue my good work without working myself into poor health or destroying my fragile financial security. Over time I would expect to modestly expand production by offering my friends in the region who are trusted chemical free growers contracts to grow chilies for me, thus benefiting the local community in another way. I also hope to encounter a younger person (I am 66) interested in partnering with me to learn what I can teach, take over the adventure, and build on it!

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    One 1.7 oz bottle of sauce and one 4 dram vial of powder (your choice of variety), plus previous two offers. International donors add $5.00.*

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    Four 5 oz bottles of sauce or three 5 oz bottles of sauce and three 4 dram vials of powder (your choice of varieties), plus previous five offers. International donors add $100.00.* PLUS, receive one month of unlimited classes for Tribal Fusion Belly Dance with Claire Fenner! Passes good for classes held with Claire Fenner at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts and expire 2/28/13 For more information, go to www.HumayaTribalFusion.com

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    Six 5 oz bottles of sauce and three 4 dram vials of powder (your choice of varieties)., one copy of first edition of Rushy Springs Farm's CHILE MANIFESTO* (compendium of chile facts, lore, ramblings, and recipes), plus previous six offers. International donors add $200.00. One copy of "Joy of Cooking" 75th anniversary edition compliments of thejoykitchen.com I will teach a salt brine fermentation workshop at The Crown and Goose, Knoxville,TN. * CHILE MANIFESTO delivered upon publication.

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    One case (12) 5 oz bottles of sauce (your choice of varieties), one 10 dram vial each of 10 varieties of chile powder, lunch for two (gratuity and alcohol not included) at Holyland Market & Deli, Dinner at Rouxbarb's, Knoxville, TN (BYOB, gratuity not included), plus previous seven offers. International donors add $400.00.* **For those who are unable, are uninterested in taking advantage of dining experiences at some of Knoxville's premium restaurants, It will be matched with equal value of sauces.

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    One more case of 5 oz bottles sauce, Lunch for two at Holyland Market & Deli, Dinner at Rouxbarb's, (BYOB) Knoxville, TN, Crown and Goose, Naples, The Orangery, Sunspot, Knoxville, TN (all restaurants, alcohol and gratuity not included) and at Rushy Springs Farm; plus previous offers. The offer to replace dinner rewards with equal value of sauce as detailed in the $5,000.00 pledge level applies here as well.

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