REO Town Farm Stand in Lansing

Helping local farmers sell produce, eggs, and meat to the Reo Town Community in Lansing, Michigan.

Rachael
Business Services
$155
pledged of $5,000 goal
5
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Project Description

Hello Beautiful Soul,

Welcome to my newest daring project!

Daring Enterprises LC3 is driven by social impact. We put health and well being of people and planet over profit. In Michigan, LC3, is a legal description for organizations that blend nonprofit and small business principles. Our goal is to provide monetary support to organizations already providing services to Trauma Survivors.

Our work focuses on raising awareness for Trauma Survivors through creativity, fitness, and mindful action. Currently, Daring Enterprises manages Petals + Tea (flower and tea shop), Zen Brain (meditative coloring), Cerebella Blossom Farms & Horsemanship (cut flower farm and humane education), and Michigan Tails & Trails (fitness for people and their pups). One hundred percent of the profit generated by our Daring Enterprises go to organizations helping Trauma Survivors heal and thrive.

Daring Enterprises LC3 is owned by Creative Genius and Brain Injury-Trauma Survivor, Rachael Loucks Nicol (yours truly). I have spent the past 3 years recovering from a car accident that flared my existing brain injury and added PTSD on top. Even today I am still learning to live with this new body of mine, the limitations it poses, and the reality of life as a disabled adult in my 30's. I have had to fight to stay alive. I have spent countless hours alone in my house trapped by severe sensory impairments and fear. I promised myself that if I could keep fighting and face my demons then I would spend the rest of my life doing what makes my soul happy, helping people and animals.

Here's were you come in. In December of 2017, I opened Petals + Tea inside the Reo Town Marketplace. Right now there are six independently owned shops inside the Marketplace. We have received an empowering, positive response from the community. Every day more and more people come to shop and support our small businesses. From the beginning I have planned to add a Farm Stand to the space Petals + Tea currently uses. To do this I need your help.  The funds raised will allow me to purchase produce, eggs, meat, and value added products like syrup and honey from local farms. I will work cooperatively with the farms to sell what they grow and raise. Every farm is unique with their own needs, challenges, and scale of operation. This is why I will create customized buy-sell contracts with each farm. For example Farm A only grows vegetables with the capacity to sell $500 worth of product each week. While Farm B raises livestock, produces eggs and veggies, with the capacity to sell $1000 worth of product each week. Farm C grows a variety of fruits and vegetables and only needs to have a centralized CSA pick-up for their customers. In order for the Farm Stand to serve all farms we have to approach each one with creativity and flexibility. My goal is for the REO Town Community to have access to locally grown and raised food, which they currently do not, and help farmers sell their products so they can do what they love best, farming.

Because of my disability I cannot do all of this alone. The money raised will allow me to hire two part-time employees, build farm product displays, install a DIY Walk-In Cool Bot Cooler (energy and cost efficient), and a chest freezer for meat storage.

The Reo Town Farm Stand will contract with Go Green Trikes to offer delivery of goods to people's work or home.

Let's be daring together and create positive change in our community!

Yours Truly,

Daring Rachael

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Updates

The Project FAQs

Potential Risks:

Farming is an unpredictable occupation. Depending on weather, livestock health, etc. some expected farm products may not be available for purchase.

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Challenges:

I have a disability that affects the amount of cognitive energy (brain power) I have each day. This reality is unpredictable. I have improved so much in the past three years, but the only way I can make this a success is by raising community dollars to hire part-time staff and purchase directly from farmers. Luckily, I also have a trusty Service Dog named Whalen and together we are unstoppable.

whalen and i

I have chosen flexible funding because any amount contributed will help to get the ball rolling and the project started. The risk and challenge of flexible funding is to achieve the long term success a total of $5,000 needs to be raised.

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02/20/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$5
02/22/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$35
02/23/2018
Bit of Beauty
$45
02/24/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$20
03/19/2018
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$50
You are truly lovely. (1)
Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

4 Supporters
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you rock
$5
You Rock!

Wow! Thanks for being awesome. Virtual High Five and Digital Coloring Page are being sent straight to your inbox.

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thank you heart canva
$15
You Did It!

You are making this dream a reality. Keep a look out for a personal thank you note written by yours truly, Rachael. Good ole' fashioned snail mail arriving soon.

0 Supporters
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You are a Rock Star!
$20
Rock Star In The House!

Hell yea! Delicious loose leaf tea grown in the U.S. available for pick-up in our shop Petals + Tea. Added Bonus: Social Media Shout Out!

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simply the best
$30
Just A Little Something

Woot! Woot! Sending love your way. Choose from either a homegrown bouquet or house plant. We're sure it will brighten your day!

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beautiful way way
$50
Brunch with the Most Beautiful Dog in the World

Join Whalen for Brunch at one of our favorite places, The Creole, located in Old Town. Whalen's allowance will pay for your brunch! He is a working dog after all. Rachael will chaperone just to make sure Whalen acts like a proper gentleman.

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$45
Bit of Beauty

Have a bouquet, grown by yours truly and my farmer friends, delivered to your home or office once a month for the 2018 Flower Season (spring-fall).

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1 Supporter
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IMG_20170716_135659_320
$90
Sunshine and Flower Magic

Have a bouquet, grown by yours truly and my farmer friends, delivered to your home or office bi-weekly for the 2018 Flower Season (spring-fall).

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$180
Flower Therapy Every Week

Have a bouquet, grown by yours truly and my farmer friends, delivered to your home or office once a week for the 2018 Flower Season (spring-fall).

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bitch keychain
$12
Bitch Better Have My Money

Wear your bitch badge with pride and style. This keychain is perfect for adding a little sass to you day or showing your best girl that your love her spunk. This keychain is made with rainbow brushed holographic vinyl that plays off any and all color and light around it. It most accurately is described as silver

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good vibes card
$75
Send Love

We will mail a greeting card once a month to someone you care about; Mom, Friend, Yourself, Grandparent.

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hello friend
$290
Send Love Every Week

We will send a greeting card to someone you care about once a week for one year.

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Rewards

You are truly lovely. (1)
Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

4 Supporters
Contribute
you rock
$5
You Rock!

Wow! Thanks for being awesome. Virtual High Five and Digital Coloring Page are being sent straight to your inbox.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
thank you heart canva
$15
You Did It!

You are making this dream a reality. Keep a look out for a personal thank you note written by yours truly, Rachael. Good ole' fashioned snail mail arriving soon.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
You are a Rock Star!
$20
Rock Star In The House!

Hell yea! Delicious loose leaf tea grown in the U.S. available for pick-up in our shop Petals + Tea. Added Bonus: Social Media Shout Out!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
simply the best
$30
Just A Little Something

Woot! Woot! Sending love your way. Choose from either a homegrown bouquet or house plant. We're sure it will brighten your day!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
beautiful way way
$50
Brunch with the Most Beautiful Dog in the World

Join Whalen for Brunch at one of our favorite places, The Creole, located in Old Town. Whalen's allowance will pay for your brunch! He is a working dog after all. Rachael will chaperone just to make sure Whalen acts like a proper gentleman.

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_20170804_104215_723
$45
Bit of Beauty

Have a bouquet, grown by yours truly and my farmer friends, delivered to your home or office once a month for the 2018 Flower Season (spring-fall).

4 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
IMG_20170716_135659_320
$90
Sunshine and Flower Magic

Have a bouquet, grown by yours truly and my farmer friends, delivered to your home or office bi-weekly for the 2018 Flower Season (spring-fall).

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
IMG_20170801_221307_409
$180
Flower Therapy Every Week

Have a bouquet, grown by yours truly and my farmer friends, delivered to your home or office once a week for the 2018 Flower Season (spring-fall).

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
bitch keychain
$12
Bitch Better Have My Money

Wear your bitch badge with pride and style. This keychain is perfect for adding a little sass to you day or showing your best girl that your love her spunk. This keychain is made with rainbow brushed holographic vinyl that plays off any and all color and light around it. It most accurately is described as silver

1 Left
0 Supporters
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good vibes card
$75
Send Love

We will mail a greeting card once a month to someone you care about; Mom, Friend, Yourself, Grandparent.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
hello friend
$290
Send Love Every Week

We will send a greeting card to someone you care about once a week for one year.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward