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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Barnraiser

It's been a while....I have a few unfinished posts I hope to share this month. Big things are happening and I'll be more or less offline for a few more day. Before I turn off the computer, though, I wanted to share a little about a new crowd-funding site, Barnraiser.

Barnraiser is a crowd-funding site dedicated to community food projects. I was recently thinking about how much CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) have changed in the last 15 years--no more volunteering on the farm and very little shared risk. These days, CSA members seem to expect that each week's box is bountiful with produce, equivalent to the monetary value they put up before the season started divided by the number of weeks. To me, that shifting of the risk entirely onto the farmer takes the community out of CSA.

Over the summer, a local farm incubator, Elma C. Lomax Farm, in neighboring Cabarrus County lost it's county funding. This was pretty emotional for me because I have a deep respect and strong connection to it's founder. But the community stepped up in a big way to support these farmers. Now operating as a non-profit project, its operating again, but on a very thin margin.

That's where Barnrasier came in. Here's the rest of the story about Lomax:


Barnraiser is using the model of crowd-funding sites like kickstarter to build community support around food-related projects. This kind of investment model goes back even further to organizations like Kiva, founded in 2005, which built on the microfinance models of programs like the Grameen Bank.

When we invest in our communities and share the risk with those who provide for our most basic needs, we build resilient communities. So, if you made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday without figuring out what to get the wo/man who has everything, consider an investment that will serve the most basic needs of his/her community. #raisetheroof

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