Note: the following is cross-posted from our farm blog The Hedonist Life
Last year 166 wonderful people believed in us enough to support our Pozible campaign to build our own butcherâ€™s shop right here on the farm. We raised $27,570 in 40 days, and six months later we were open for business! Weâ€™ve delivered over 400kg of ethical pork rewards, and welcomed nearly 30 of our supporters to last yearâ€™s Salami Day, and many became our first CSA members. We love this engaged community of ethical omnivores, and are grateful for the support.
Now itâ€™s time to take our uncommonly delicious ethical pork to the next level and start curing at a commercial scale! To do that, weâ€™re aiming to raiseÂ $30,000 in 30 days on Pozible, adding cured goods to our range of tasty rewards. Weâ€™re also offering the opportunity toÂ join our CSAÂ (community-support agriculture) via the campaign to raise the funds up front, then deliver to you over the course of a year.
After our success last year, plenty of other farmers have used crowdfunding to build major infrastructure as they develop their businesses, and I reckon itâ€™s a fantastic emergent trend in community-supported agriculture. Rather than farmers going into debt and lining shareholdersâ€™ pockets, weâ€™re feeding our communities â€“ literally!
For other examples, check out the huge success ofÂ Madelaineâ€™s EggsÂ last week â€“ she raised over $60,000! And our mateÂ Lauren Mathers of Bundarra BerkshiresÂ is nearing her target of just over $15,000 to build her own curing room up near the Murray. There are plenty of others around, and I think weâ€™ll see more and more as farmers and their communities work out how to support each other to re-localise the food system and form deep connections between growers and eaters.
SoÂ check out our campaignÂ and spread the word! There really is a Fair Food Revolution underway, and itâ€™s in your hands!