Kickstarter Tuesdays: Harvest Roots Farm & Ferment / That Dog Will Hunt


Geek Alabama Kickstarter Projects

This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, let’s talk about two projects from Alabama that you need to support!

Harvest Roots Farm & Ferment

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Harvest Roots is more than doubling our production and distribution to Birmingham, Chattanooga and Huntsville and they need your support.  Their goals:

1. To provide MORE innovative, fermented foods and drinks to Birmingham, Huntsville, Chattanooga and the surrounding area while expanding their farm’s infrastructure to grow their own fruits and herbs for our kombuchas.

2. It is their goal to create a recurring, seasonal kombucha menu based on fruits and herbs they glean, forage or cultivate theirselves in their orchard with the mindset that plants should dictate their scale as frequently as possible.

3. Education: It is their goal to not only sell products to a consumer but also to empower them with knowledge regarding fermentation.

4. Local Food Processors: They find fermentation to be a great tool to utilize agricultural abundance. It is their greatest joy to work with farmers to ferment local produce that is in abundance, creating a product that minimizes waste, increases nutrient density and is super flavorful.

5. Roots, Creating Change You Desire to See: Full disclosure, they could have moved a lot of places and started this business – Asheville, Nashville, Boulder or Vermont. But that isn’t where are roots are and Alabama is preferable to them. They wanted to do this work in and around their home state because they felt the need to provide folks with not only fermented products but also the knowledge of what fermentation is and how to do it – their cultural history.  They have spent three enjoyable years (on-going) educating customers on the benefits of that “sour tea” called Kombucha or how “this raw sauerkraut is different than vinegar based sauerkrauts”. They want people to be healthy and happy.

Harvest Roots began as an organic vegetable farm in 2012 outside Harvest, Alabama. Lindsay Whiteaker and Pete Halupka always took fermented foods to the farmer’s market in Madison, Alabama as a value added item. But with Lindsay’s years of previous experience fermenting through college and Pete’s passion for plants and fruit, a business model as a farm and fermentory was perfect for them.  They recently obtained their Food Processing Permit, making them Alabama’s first legal wild fermentory. They’re going for it.

As of September 22nd, this Kickstarter project has raised around $1,500 of the $14,000 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 25 days left to raise the $14,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $30, you will get a one-of-a-kind Pete Halupka Foraging Zine/Poster.  For a pledge of $75, you will get a Limited Edition HRFF Foraged Dyed Canvas Tote.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harvestroots/harvest-roots-farm-and-ferment-grows

That Dog Will Hunt

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The film will take an unflinching look at the story of a man putting the mission of finding his kidnapped wife into his own hands. The story follows Bo, a fisherman by hobby, a construction worker by trade. Late at night after work, he can usually be found at a local dive bar. After years of torment, he eventually comes into contact with a possible suspect in his wife’s case. From this point on, his life will never be the same.  Loss, Depression, Obsession, and Love – these themes will all be explored in their truest and most authentic forms.

As artists with common ties to Alabama and the culture of the South, it is extremely important for them to showcase the background and atmosphere that surrounds them — beginning with the title of their film. ‘That Dog Will Hunt’ is an old southern saying that refers to having a plan and instinctually going for it. There’s a passionate crowd of visionaries all throughout the region that get lost in the shuffle. The majority of people just don’t think of Alabama when thinking about cinematic masterpieces. They plan to change this mindset. Their movie will bring all of the rich culture of the South onto the big screen for everyone to see and appreciate.

As of September 22nd, this Kickstarter project has raised around $8,500 of the $8,000 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 2 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $5, you will get access to their private Instagram/Snapchat account to see exclusive behind the scenes pictures/footage.  For a pledge of $15, you will get your name listed in the “Special Thank You” section of the end credits PLUS you will receive a postcard featuring the movie poster PLUS a hand written thank you note from the director.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1136707791/that-dog-will-hunt

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