***UPDATE: WOW we are blown away by your support and generosity! Thank you to every person who has contributed and shared our project with their friends. We're now reaching for our stretch goal of $45,000!!***
We're a three-woman team, sustainably foraging and farming seaweed to produce food that's good for you and good for the ocean. We forage, farm, and research along California's pristine coastline to offer you the highest quality and most nutritious seaweed and seaweed snacks, responsibly sourced from the Pacific Ocean.
We're raising money to ramp up production and get our nutrient-packed seaweed snack - Surf Snack - to more people. To do this, we need to:
(1) Buy a seaweed grinding mill
(2) Build out our solar drying infrastructure
We currently do everything by hand - from harvesting and drying our seaweed to baking our seaweed snacks. With your support, we can stay true to our DIY roots while increasing our production capacity so more people can enjoy the health benefits of this sustainable and delicious local food.
In gratitude for your support, we have some fun and tasty rewards to share with you!
Help us raise $5,000 for a new boat engine and $15,000 for more sustainable packaging.
Finding sustainable packaging that keeps our snack fresh is a priority issue for us. As ecologists and ocean lovers, we are committed to minimizing waste and plastic use at every step in our operation from harvesting to baking to selling, and to sourcing ingredients from companies who share this mission. We are still searching for sustainable packaging options for Surf Snack. Reaching our stretch goal will provide the necessary resources to push R&D and help us find our solution.
OUR SEAWEED SNACK:
We believe the seaweed we eat should be clean, local, and traceable, and we wanted a delicious, healthy snack to fuel our long seaweed harvesting days. So we created Surf Snack: our favorite sweet-and-salty seaweed crunch!
Seaweed is a nutrient-packed food that flourishes in Northern California's cold, pristine waters. We sustainably hand-harvest our own seaweed and bake it with real, organic ingredients, to share our love of the ocean and bring you this superfood of the sea. No gluten. No dairy. No nuts. No refined sugar. No preservatives.
Salt Point Seaweed is a women-owned, community-driven business. We hand-harvest seaweed in Northern California and create sustainable, tasty seaweed products. We are ecologists and environmentalists, committed to providing food for our community that is nourishing, healthy, and sustainably-harvested. When we aren't harvesting seaweed from the wild, we are collaborating with oyster farms like the renowned Hog Island Oyster Farm, to develop a regenerative ocean farming model for California.
We believe the food we eat should be healthy and responsibly made with real ingredients. And we're determined to produce food that mitigates the detrimental impacts of climate change and industrialized food systems on the ocean ecosystems that we cherish. We're in love with California seaweed, and feel a deep connection with the ocean, seasonal rhythms, and moon-tide calendar that seaweed harvesting requires. We're excited that seaweed, when sustainably-harvested, is one of the most nourishing, regenerative foods.
Read more about us:
A glimpse of our work developing a regenerative seaweed farming model with Hog Island Oyster Company:
Seaweed is a nutritional wonder, and California's cold, nutrient-rich coastline is an ideal environment to grow this sustainable food. Seaweed is high in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients like iodine. It's low in calories, but high in umami (or "savory deliciousness") that can add yummy flavors to your cooking.
Seaweed is an amazing resource that requires no land or freshwater to grow. Its incredible culinary power has been honored by cultures around the world for thousands of years. It lends a savory balance to rich and sweet foods, a hint of umami to mild flavors, and a briny richness to just about anything. Use it anywhere you use salt, and taste the difference.
We hand harvest all of our seaweed on the northern California coast. We are committed to ethical and sustainable harvesting to ensure the vitality and regeneration of these coastal ecosystems for years to come. We're always adapting our harvesting techniques to respond to the state of the coastline -- and see ourselves as stewards, invested in the health of these dynamic intertidal ecosystems.
WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THE MONEY:
By raising money on Kickstarter, we will be able to buy some much needed production equipment, like a seaweed grinding mill, and update our drying set-up, so that we can increase our processing capacity. This will enable us to widen our distribution and save us hours in the kitchen, so we can spend more time on the coast, at farmer's markets, and getting the word out about Surf Snack!
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $15 OR MORE, RECEIVE A SALT POINT RECIPE COLLECTION: Our favorite seaweed recipes and creative ways to use California Kombu, Wakame, and Nori -- from our favorite simple, nourishing broths to exciting appetizers and decadent chocolate desserts. The recipes will be sent as an electronic copy, so you can always access them in the future!
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $30 OR MORE, RECEIVE A 6 PACK OF SURF SNACK: Stock up for your next beach day, surf session, or backpacking trip. These snacks are high energy, packed with nutrients and healthy omega-3s to keep you fueled for your adventure. Or take them with you to the office or for your kid's lunch. They are great coffee/lunchtime snacks! *Shipping included in price*
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $35 OR MORE, RECEIVE A SEAWEED-FOR-COOKING BUNDLE:
These bundles include California Kombu, California Wakame, Nori-Wakame flakes, and our collection of Salt Point recipes. *Shipping included in price* A little more on each variety of seaweed:
California Kombu (Laminaria setchellii): An umami powerhouse that adds minerals, nutrients, and a flavor-enhancing savory taste to your cooking and is celebrated for making beans easier to digest -- and cook faster! Simply toss in broths, soups, grains, and beans for a nutritional umami boost!
California Wakame (Alaria marginata): Packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamin A, wakame brings a sweet, mild flavor to your cooking. Great for re-hydrating and adding to soups, salads, and side-dishes. Simply crumble over salad or a bowl of rice for a delicious nutrient boost!
Nori + Wakame Flakes: A convenient way to incorporate seaweed into your favorite dishes. Use these flakes instead of salt on popcorn, rice bowls, eggs, and avocado toast.
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $40 OR MORE, RECEIVE A T-SHIRT / TANK TOP AND RECIPE COLLECTION:
Our friends at Farm Fresh Clothing create the softest, comfiest ORGANIC, CALIFORNIA-MADE COTTON T-shirts. We searched high and low to find these shirts that are sustainable, ethical, and super soft. We love them! Grab one and become part of the Salt Point Community. Includes a Salt Point Recipe Collection as well. *Shipping included in price*
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $55 OR MORE, RECEIVE A 12-PACK OF SURF SNACK: Wanting to stock up on Surf Snack? Grab a 12-pack of Surf Snack for the family, the office, or your next adventure. *Shipping included in price*
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $60 OR MORE, ATTEND OUR SEAWEED AND OYSTER PARTY:
This shindig will happen at sunset on the evening of Thursday August 1, 2019. It will be a new moon celebration, hosted at our favorite garden spot in Oakland. We will have oysters, drinks, light dinner, and lots of fun music and mingling. Tessa (our professional oyster shucker) will be shucking oysters! Because of the nature of this *one-time only event* this reward will only happen on Thursday, August 1 and no refunds can be made if you are not able to attend.
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $75 OR MORE, RECEIVE AN "ALL THE SEAWEED BUNDLE":
This reward includes all of our products, listed above, plus:
EXCLUSIVE FURIKAKE: Developed for our Kickstarter, this exclusive blend is only available through our Kickstarter right now. A blend of sesame, flax, miso, preserved fruit, and CA Wakame and Nori, plus some special secret ingredients! *Shipping included in price*
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $120 OR MORE, ATTEND OUR SEAWEED AND OYSTER PARTY AND BRING A FRIEND:
Tickets for 2 to our shindig on the evening of Thursday August 1, 2019. It will be a new moon celebration, hosted at our favorite garden spot in Oakland. We will have oysters, drinks, light dinner, and lots of fun music and mingling. Tessa (our professional oyster shucker) will be shucking oysters! Because of the nature of this *one-time only event* this reward will only happen on Thursday, August 1 and no refunds can be made if you are not able to attend.
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $140 OR MORE, ALL THE SEAWEED BUNDLE + COOKING CLASS:
We will be recording a live webinar (so you can watch it later, don't worry!) in our kitchen teaching you easy ways to cook with all of these varieties of seaweed! We'll go over preparation, recipe ideas, techniques and step-by-step instructions. In prior life, Avery worked as a chef and ran her own catering company. She will walk you through the magic that is cooking with seaweed and share her love for cooking and 10+ years of professional cooking experience with the class. *Shipping included in price*
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $200 OR MORE, COME TO OUR NEW MOON HARVESTING DAY:
Come experience the magic of seaweed harvesting with us on a new moon harvesting afternoon! We will gather in Sonoma county on Saturday September 28 and talk about sustainable harvesting practices, seaweed ecology, and culinary uses and recipes to explore. Seaweeds will be identified based on morphology, habitat, and taste and harvested based on ethical foraging practices. We will be harvesting seaweed in the beautiful, rugged, and slippery tide pools of the California coast, so participants should be comfortable walking on uneven, wet terrain. Because of the nature of this *one-time only event* this reward will only happen on Saturday September 28 and no refunds can be made if you are not able to attend.
• FOR A PLEDGE OF $1000 OR MORE, NAME OUR KAYAKS:
We have three ocean-faring vessels and need help to name them!
If we meet our goal (and we hope that we do!), we will try to raise our stretch goal of $5,000 for a new boat engine and $15,000 for more sustainable packaging.
Finding sustainable packaging that keeps our snack fresh is a priority issue for us. As ecologists and ocean lovers, we are committed to minimized waste and plastic use at every step in our operation from harvesting to baking to selling, and to sourcing ingredients from companies who share this mission. We are still searching for sustainable packaging options for Surf Snack. Reaching our stretch goal will provide the necessary resources to push R&D and help us find our solution.
Salt Point Seaweed is a three-woman team - Tessa Emmer, Catherine O'Hare, and Avery Resor - supported by our community and regenerative food system partners throughout California.
Catherine has a background in coastal ecology and sustainable agriculture. She grew up next to the ocean, splashing around the sunny tide pools of southern California. After graduating with a Biology degree from Oberlin College, she worked for small scale organic farms and a small food business, solidifying her passion for local food, regenerative food systems, and health.
Tessa met Catherine as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and the two have since spent many days exploring the Pacific Ocean from Oahu, Hawaii, to Mendocino, California. After falling in love with the coastal and riparian ecosystems of the Pacific coast during a restoration internship with the Presidio of San Francisco, Tessa’s desire to work at the intersection of ecological conservation, economic development, and climate adaptation led her to pursue a master's in sustainable development at UC Berkeley, where she eventually met Avery.
Avery grew up living and working on a multi-generational family cattle ranch and has been working in sustainable agriculture ever since. At Duke University Marine Lab, she studied marine biology and environmental science and was captivated by the parallels between aquaculture and land-based agriculture. She has worked as a chef and owned her own catering company. She is integrating her agriculture experience with 10 years of professional cooking experience to bring farm-to-table culinary expertise to our team.
Catherine, Tessa, and Avery are committed to using business as a force for environmental protection, community development, and food system transformation.
KEEP IN TOUCH:
We love meeting our Salt Point community in person! If you are in the Bay Area, come to our post-launch Kickstarter Party on Saturday 3/30 from 12pm-2pm at Original Pattern Brewing in Oakland. More info here.
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Thank you for your interest in this Kickstarter campaign and Salt Point Seaweed! Your support means the world to us! Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org We'd love to hear from you!
Avery, Catherine, & Tessa
Video made by Reba Hsu with footage from Judy Starkman, Bill Lagattuta, Nino Panes, and Shaun Wolfe. Photos by Cassia Karin, Shaun Wolfe, and Salt Point Seaweed. Endless thanks to our friends who contributed to this project, including Gina Giarmo, Marie Sayles, Shane Lindsay, Reed Matheny, and Nick Sipple-Swezey.
STILL WANT TO KNOW MORE?
In order to continuously adjust our harvesting techniques to respond to the needs and state of the California coastline, we are:
- Actively involved in seaweed cultivation and ocean acidification research along the west coast of North America.
- Diligently working to develop a regenerative solution to aquaculture that improves the marine environment.
- Eagerly collaborating with local scientists, oyster farmers, and other environmentalists to cultivate a thriving mutually beneficial ecosystem.
We aim to:
- Recognize the exquisite flavors, culinary potential, and health benefits of California’s local seaweed
- Produce nutritious food while mitigating the detrimental impacts of climate change,
- Protect the ocean ecosystems that we cherish
- Use business as a force for good
- Contribute to a more just and equitable food system.
- Contribute to a more regenerative form of harvesting nutrition for generations to come.
In order to meet these goals at home, we:
- Hand harvest all of our seaweed ourselves, on the northern California coast.
- Commit to ethical and sustainable harvesting to ensure the vitality and regeneration of California coasts for years to come.
- Engage as environmentalists and ecologists at heart.
- Continually work to discover delicious and creative ways to cook with and eat seaweed.
Risks and challenges
Sourcing: Like any wild product, our harvesting capacity is dependent upon season, weather, and some circumstances beyond our control. There is always a chance that populations of seaweed are different this year, and that we won't be able to create the same line of products. However, we have been harvesting for over four years and feel very confident that we will be able to produce our products, the same that we have been for years.
Fulfillment: Currently, the three of us do all of the harvesting, production, and fulfillment. Because of this and depending on the success of our Kickstarter, we might be delayed in fulfilling your order. However, we have been successfully producing and shipping Surf Snack for over seven months, and we feel confident we will successfully meet these demands. No matter what, we will always be open, honest, and communicative about the progress and status of our fulfillment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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