Chagford Community Farm CIC by Crowdfunder, UK Crowdfunding Platform

Funded : £15,685 of £15,000 target

 

We need £15,000 to enable our community farm to be self sufficient. To do this we need to build a milking parlour, cheese cave, off grid solar panel and battery system and some roof repairs to our lovely old barns. Chagford Community Farm CIC is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company producing organic goat dairy, meat and honey, based in Chagford, Devon. We want to demonstrate the viability of small scale organic food production so that it can be replicated elsewhere. Our aim is for our community to be resilient in its production of local food.

Chagford Community Farm CIC

Davon and Sylvan Friend, founders of ChagfarmDavon and Sylvan Friend, founders of ChagfarmChagford Community Farm CIC is a new not-for-profit Community Interest Company nestled on the northeast edge of Dartmoor in Devon. Chagfarm is one of the UK’s first community-supported micro-dairies and started operating in April 2013. It primarily produces goats’ milk dairy but also high-quality meat and honey.

After successfully achieving its first year targets of turning over £12,000 from 35 local members, the social enterprise has a tougher second year ahead. To secure the farm’s financial stability, the founders Sylvan and Davon Friend have an ambitious, yet achievable target of recruiting an additional 25 new members by April 2014. Below they explain why they’ve turned to Crowdfunder for help!

Jenny and Fran, two of Chagfarms goats

Jenny and Fran – two of Chagfarm’s milking goats

Why are we looking for crowdfunding?

The capital start-up costs required in farming are significantly higher than in other business sectors as we need tools, facilities, breeding stock and the annual rent on the farmland. Last year we spent over £35,000 of our own money on the farm and installed essential drainage systems, a spring water supply, built new facilities for bottling milk and making cheese, bought our first animals and erected all the necessary fencing.

Now we’re coming into our second year of farming, we need a final capital investment of £15,000 for more equipment and facilities, so we’re hoping we can raise this through the wonderful world of Crowdfunder.co.uk.

We hope that through our 8-week Crowdfunder campaign we’ll be able to raise the magic £15,000 figure to:

1.    Build a milking parlour for our goats

2.    Build a cheese cave to start producing our very own uniquely flavoured cheese

3.    Repair some farm roofs to keep all our animals happy and healthy

4.    Invest in solar panels as we currently have no mains electricity on the farm

Why should we support you?

Davon and Sylvan Friend, founders of Chagfarm

Davon and Sylvan Friend – Founders of Chagfarm

We’re brothers with a passion for local food and are on a mission to make the local community more resilient in terms of its food supply. After growing up on a beautiful smallholding on the bank of the River Avon in South Devon, Sylvan decided to return to his farming heritage last year and with a little help from Davon, Chagfarm was born.

We’re acutely aware that the modern convenience culture shaped by supermarkets means that more and more people are detached from the actual origin of their food, and we want this to change. We think food miles and animal welfare should be a priority and want to be part of a thriving local economy with a high proportion of local food producers.

What’s so special about Chagfarm?

1. We work with and complement Chagfood, another local food enterprise, by adding goat dairy, meat and honey to their current range of vegetable produce.

2.  We raise awareness of the differing welfare standards and production systems in the food industry. For example, is it necessary to pasteurise and homogenise milk?

3. We operate as a subscription farm where customers signup as members and commit to buy a certain amount of produce over a period of at least a year.

4. We are certified organic with the Soil Association but do not add a premium to our products, as our certification costs are very low.

5. Our members are people local to our collection points in Chagford, Drewsteignton and Moretonhampstead.

Visit our website for more info: www.chagfarm.org

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chagfordcommunityfarm

Find us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/chagfarm

Email: membership@chagfarm.org

Below are some photos of our rewards and produce.

Chagfarm Rewards

All pledges will be entered into a prize draw to win an Ashburton Cookery School voucher, meal for two including wine at Parke Café in Bovey Tracey or Rod Friend’s pastel artwork called The Lane. Further details on these prizes below.

Chagfarms prize draw

 

Pastel artwork included in the prize draw called The Lane

Prize draw Pastel

 

Pastel artwork open as a £150.00 reward called The Barns at Chagfarm

Barns at Chagfarm

 

Chagfarms alternating cheeses

 

Chagfarm Raw Honey

Rewards

Pledge £5

In return, your name will be stencilled on our dairy building and you’ll be invited to celebrate the opening of our dairy with us.

41 backers so far

Pledge £15

In return, you’ll receive a General Friend of the farm membership for the 2014/15 season. Membership benefits include free-guided tours, free lunch at our Open Farm Days, reduced-cost training courses (20% discount) and you can buy our locally exclusive produce, as long as you can collect it from Chagford. Additionally, your name will be stencilled on our dairy building, you’ll receive a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £25

In return, you’ll receive a Chagfarm branded natural cotton bag from a fair-trade business. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £30

In return, you’ll receive a Chagfarm branded natural cotton t-shirt from a fair-trade business in either small, medium or large. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £35

In return, you’ll receive a Chagfarm branded natural cotton apron from a fair-trade business. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £45

In return, you get the honour of naming one of our milking goats born from our current herd. Doris, Princess or Spotty – the decision is yours! If you’re unable to visit and be inspired by the kid, we’ll send you a selection of photos to help you with the naming process. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

20 backers so far

Pledge £65

In return, receive a one-day introduction to hedge-laying course on the farm. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn some traditional heritage skills and enjoy a rustic farm lunch using locally sourced produce. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

10 backers so far

Pledge £80

In return, you’ll receive a bespoke large cheeseboard lovingly handcrafted by Sylvan and made out of locally sourced and sustainable oak. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £100

In return, you’ll receive a fantastic introductory course to making goats’ cheese on Chagfarm. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

13 backers so far

Pledge £100

Dinner for two including a bottle of wine in Grumbles Restaurant in Pimlico, London. Opened by Davon and Sylvans uncle Jeremy Friend in 1964 is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Additionally, you’ll get a Chagfarm branded fair-trade apron, a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

1 backer so far

Pledge £150

Pastel artwork by Rod Friend. See picture of farm and barns on main page. Additionally, youll get a Chagfarm branded fair trade tea towel, a guided farm tour by one of the Farms Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £150

In return, you get to be a farmer for half a day! Try out the good life by giving the goats, chickens and pigs their breakfast, let them out for their morning grazing session and experience taking a goat for a walk through the woods (maybe even milk one of our goats). Your morning’s hard work will then be rewarded with a rustic farm lunch made from locally sourced produce. Perfect for animal lovers, the reward can be taken any time in 2014 but the date and time must be pre-arranged with the Farm’s Directors. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

6 backers so far

Pledge £200

In return, you’ll be invited to a delicious local cheese and wine tasting event at Chagfarm. Additionally, you’ll get a Chagfarm branded fair trade cotton bag with a variety of local food goodies. You’ll also get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

4 backers so far

Pledge £250

In return, you’ll be treated to a VIP dining experience for 4 people using exclusively local food hosted by the Directors of Chagfarm and Chagfood at the farm. Additionally, you’ll get a Chagfarm branded fair-trade apron, a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £300

In return, you’ll receive a three-month subscription to our raw goats’ milk and soft cheese (one per week). This reward is only available to Chagford, Moretonhampstead or Drewsteignton residents or those willing to collect from these locations. Additionally, you’ll get a Chagfarm branded fair-trade tea towel, a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

1 backer so far

Pledge £350

In return, you’ll receive a three-month subscription to our pork and goat’s meat box from April to June 2014. This reward is only available to Chagford, Moretonhampstead or Drewsteignton residents or those willing to collect from these locations. Additionally, you’ll get a Chagfarm branded fair-trade tea towel, a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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Pledge £500

In return, for one day only, the Farm’s Directors will help someone start up a small-scale poultry, pig, goat or honey farm. The Directors have first-hand experience of starting up a farm and a wide range of skills from business planning to fencing and animal husbandry. Additionally, you’ll get a Chagfarm branded fair-trade cotton bag with a variety of local food goodies. You’ll also get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

3 backers so far

Pledge £1,000

£1000 or as negotiated.
In return, your like minded business will get exclusive sponsorship rights for our butchery and curing facilities including your logo above the the door and options to have your brand on our food labels for one year, potentially also on our cotton crowdfunder rewards, lots of PR coverage and more. Please speak to us first to negotiate the deal and exact donation amount. Our contact details are on our website www.chagfarm.org.

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Pledge £1,000

£1,000.00 – or as negotiated.
In return, your like minded business will get exclusive sponsorship rights for our cheese cave including your logo above the door and options to have your brand on our cheese packaging for one year, potentially also on our cotton crowdfunder rewards, lots of PR coverage and more. Please speak to us first to negotiate the deal and exact donation amount. Our contact details are on our website www.chagfarm.org.

2 backers so far

Pledge £2,000

£2000 or as negotiated.
In return, your like minded business will get exclusive sponsorship rights for our milking parlour including your logo above the parlour door and options to have your brand on our milk bottles for one year, potentially also on our cotton crowdfunder rewards, lots of PR coverage and more. Please speak to us first to negotiate the deal and exact donation amount. Our contact details are on our website www.chagfarm.org.

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Pledge £10

In return, you’ll receive a letter from us thanking you for your support. Additionally, your name will be stencilled on our dairy building and you’ll be invited to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

18 backers so far

Pledge £20

In return, you’ll receive a Chagfarm branded natural cotton tea towel from a fair-trade business. Additionally, you’ll get a guided farm tour by one of the Farm’s Directors, your name stencilled on our dairy building, a letter thanking you for your support and an invitation to celebrate the opening of our dairy.

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