This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, I am talking about one project about a way to eat healthy and cheap. And another project talking about a special documentary film!
Good And Cheap Cookbook
Leanne Brown created Good and Cheap which is a gorgeous cookbook for tight budgets. It’s free online, but they want to get it out to more people by funding a print run. They want your help to fund printed copies so that they can get Good and Cheap into the hands of people who don’t have computers or who wouldn’t otherwise see it. The expensive part of printing books is the initial set-up; the cost of each additional copy is fairly low. The more books you buy, the more she can donate or sell at a massive discount to organizations that support low-income families on SNAP (the modern name for Food Stamps).
So what is the book like? Just download a free PDF and take a look for yourself! But since you asked, it’s 132 pages (so far!) of beautifully designed and photographed recipes that fit into a $4/day budget — without seeming like it. This is good food that happens to be inexpensive. If you downloaded the book when it first when viral, grab a new copy: the earlier version was just a draft, but the final version of Good and Cheap has been edited and redesigned throughout. She wants this book to be as accessible as possible. That’s why she has made it free online, and nearly 100,000 downloads to date proves there is both a willing audience and a need.
Her dream is that everyone who could benefit from this book would be able to get a copy, at whatever price they can afford. For many, that means keeping it free — even in printed form. Because printed books cost money, a scheme was born: $25 buys one copy for you and a second copy that she will donate to someone who needs it. Once she reaches her goal, she will approach organizations to figure out who to entrust with getting these books into the hands of low-income families and individuals. She hopes to be able to work with a variety of organizations for the greatest reach.
She created this cookbook as the capstone project for her master’s degree in Food Studies at NYU. She wanted to make something that not only summed up the work she had done during her studies, but also had a useful life outside of academia. It bothered her that so many ideas for fixing the food system leave out the poor: it seemed like they didn’t have a voice in the food movement. She wanted to create a resource that would promote the joy of cooking and show just how delicious and inspiring a cheap meal can be if you cook it yourself. Even though Food Stamps help millions of people across the United States every day, benefits were reduced in November despite rising food prices. It’s more important than ever to make the most of what you have with savvy shopping techniques and skillful cooking. That’s Good and Cheap.
As of June 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $24,500 of the $10,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 33 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $5, you will get the PDF of the book plus your name listed in the book. For a pledge of $25, you will get a hardcover copy of Good And Cheap, one book will be given to someone in need, and get your name listed in the book! To learn more about Good And Cheap and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/490865454/good-and-cheap
The Before Project
Do you remember your 11th birthday? What about your 12th? What were you doing? What was your favorite TV show? Who was your best friend? What was the saddest thing that had ever happened to you up to that point? For Terence Brown, it’s all pretty hazy. You know…they were the awkward years. But now that he spends everyday with an 11 year old son, he is sometimes viscerally reminded of just how confusing and transitional this time actually was. Tweens occupy a kind of weird but amazing phase in life; they’ve got one foot firmly rooted in childhood and one foot stepping into adolescence. There’s just a whole lot going on: questions about self-esteem and body image, mortality and sexuality start entering the picture but that kid/adolescent brain is not quite sure how to sort it all out.
He supposes this is why so many of us forget about these years–because we were still works in progress. He is a filmmaker by profession and has volunteered some time over the years filming his son Jack’s classmates at his elementary school. Last year he thought it might be interesting to film some very short interviews with a class of 4th graders just to see what they would say. Here’s what they said: 4th Grade Now that this group of 60+ kids is heading to middle school, he is planning to film more extensive interviews with each 5th grader this June. he is going to spend roughly 30 minutes with each student, asking them a wide range of questions.
The final project will be a documentary short called “Before.” His goal is to explore and even celebrate this awkward and thankfully fleeting phase of life. The final video will live on a site they are creating called thebeforeproject.org. The plan is to create an interactive site where people from around the world can contribute content and stories about the tween years. The “Before” documentary is meant to start of conversation more than make a statement. The kids he is filming are not an extremely diverse bunch and he realizes that whatever they create is only part of a much bigger story that extends across culture, race, income, time era, etc.. thebeforeproject.org will be a place to collect these stories and content so that experiences of tweens around the world can be heard.
As of June 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $10,180 of the $11,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 4 days left to reach the $11,000 goal. For a pledge of $1, you will get your name listed at the end of the film, and get a HD digital download. For a pledge of $20, you will get everything listed above plus a DVD of the film! To learn more about The Before Project and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/299517091/the-before-project