What’s out there on the crowdfunding front for our area? Lots of pleas for help, worthy humanitarian causes, and a few nifty ideas. Here are a few campaigns that caught our eye:
The Hudson Valley Rice Project at Ever-Growing Family Farm is the brainchild of husband and wife team Nfamara Badjie and Dawn Hoyte, who are bringing traditional West African hand-cultivation practices to produce a variety of rices on a half acre of paddies in the Kingston area. The project was born in 2014 and is looking to afford its own milling operation, which now takes place in Vermont. They started a GoFundMe campaign on April 2, 2017 and at last look were two thirds of the way towards their modest $6,000 funding goal.
Melanie Forstman’s Help Erase STEM Inequalities campaign was started last November to help Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County overcome funding cuts to its work extending 4H benefits to girls and youth of color. Their track record before the government cuts was strong —125 youth in four years. They’re specifically aimed at helping youth in Ellenville and Kingston for the current semester as they push for funding restorations on higher levels. They’ve been chipping away at a $6,751 goal on GoFundMe all winter.
Perianth Farm & Flowers is seeking start-up funds for a woman-owned and run operation as Nadine Proctor and Kate Farrar combine years of experience in the worlds of agriculture, agro-biology, business, and floriculture for a new niche farm operation in the Red Hook area. They’re offering a variety of products to those who can help them. “If you are able to donate equipment, pep talks, hugs, or simply share our information/campaign we encourage and welcome this assistance,” reads their blurb. Who can’t like that spirit? They’re about a third of the way towards an $8,500 goal on IndieGoGo, with a flexible deadline.