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Birdhous Farm Store

FOOD COMES FROM FARMS.
A SAFE, SELF-SERVE/NO-CONTACT FARM STORE FOR LOCAL FOOD, ESSENTIAL GOODS AND CREATURE COMFORTS IN VERMONT'S NEK.

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Project Description

The Birdhous "Co-Working Landscape" is a mission-based project, designed to offer affordable housing/land access to young farmers and other land-based entrepreneurs in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Our residential "Roosting" program helps to ensure the future of farming is ethical, sustainable, and delicious.

In light of COVID19, the continued need for fresh, locally sourced food, and increasing anxieties about the dangers of close personal interaction: We intend to provide our community with safe, no-contact/self-serve access to local food, essential goods, and creature comforts in the farm stand space we've been renovating slowly over the last two years. We need your help to push this opening ahead of schedule to meet immediate need. 

Because our community struggles with food security even in the best of times, we will integrate a "food pantry" service to provide food at no cost to those in our community who need it. In addition to the money we raise here, this will be serviced through donation of a portion of birdhous-grown crops, charitable donations from our producer partners, and creating an avenue for local gardeners to donate excess from home/victory gardens without the unnecessary risks involved with inviting folks to their private homes.

This space will provide several essential functions with a ripple of benefits to our community: 
-Access to a worry-free shopping experience. This space will welcome one patron at a time, provide single-use gloves and all surfaces will be frequently sanitized. 
-Partnering with neighboring farms to provide a retail outlet where the future of farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants is now uncertain in Vermont. Many of these farms are not in suitable locations for their own farm stores or are otherwise unable to welcome strangers and guests to their properties. 
-Connect our neighbors and build community in a time of social distancing by providing home-gardeners with a secure drop off point to share excess with neighbors in need. 
-Bolster the Birdhous project by providing our "Roosters" with a built in market for seasons to come, and making our mission and ethos clearer. 

This is our "coming out" party. You're invited. 

The money earned from this crowdfund campaign will allow us to outfit the renovated space: $5,000 will equip the space with a 3-door refrigerator, 2-door freezer, and a "grab-and-go" open face cooler. $4,000 will go towards the purchase of foodstuffs to be available at no cost to our neighbors in need. Any additional funds beyond the portion slated to cover iFundWomen and credit-card processing fees will help to stock the shelves with our initial offerings. 

We'll be organizing our mutual aid efforts on the global do-good platform, ShareYourself. Click the link to join our team and stay involved. 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

How is a Farm Store safer than shopping at the grocery store?
- Our customers can check themselves out instead of coming in contact with a cashier or other customers. 
- The space will be limited to one patron at a time, we will provide single use gloves, and frequently, throughly sanitize all surfaces (even during open hours). 
- We will keep our simple webstore up to date with a full range of offerings for quick, convenient transactions and curbside pick-up to community members who'd rather not enter the store. 
- By partnering with local farmers and producers, we will limit the amount of hands on these goods: from farmers to farm store. No middle man. 

How will the food pantry operate? 
- Our integrated food pantry service will be pre-packed for grab and go pick-up outside of the store. 
- We, the birds, are well equipped with a veggie wash station on our farm so we can ensure the cleanliness of donated home-garden excess. 
- We will provide secure drop stations and protocols for home gardeners so that they can support neighbors in need while minimizing risk of transmission by keeping their private properties private. 
- As we launch this campaign we will reach out to community leaders, organizations, and local mutual aid networks for collaboration and operational support. 

Why aren't you offering rewards?
- Instead of spending money and time on physical rewards, we're choosing to use all of our resources for the Farm Store. We hope you understand. 
- Folks who donate $100 or more can enjoy 10% off their Farm Store purchases for the duration of the COVID19 crisis. 
- Folks who donate $500 or more can enjoy 10% off their Farm Store purchases for LIFE. 

 

 

05/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
05/07/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Gina
04/25/2020
Monetary Contribution
$35
Kelly
04/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Karley Reising
04/17/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Matthew & Julian
04/11/2020
10% OFF / COVID19
$100
Rick Astley
04/10/2020
Monetary Contribution
$15
04/09/2020
Monetary Contribution
$75
Emily Mellencamp Smith
04/09/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Hannah Pearce
04/08/2020
Monetary Contribution
$20
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Just Because I Care

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Donate $100 (or more) now and enjoy 10% off of Farm Store purchases through the duration of the COVID19 crisis. 

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500.00 USD
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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

10 Supporters
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100.00 USD
10% OFF / COVID19

Donate $100 (or more) now and enjoy 10% off of Farm Store purchases through the duration of the COVID19 crisis. 

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500.00 USD
10% OFF / LIFE

Donate $500 (or more) now and enjoy 10% of Farm Store purchases for LIFE. 

1 Supporter
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