October 12, 2012

Dear friends,

We hope you are enjoying this glorious fall weather as much as we are. Here at First Root, we are excited to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to buy our very first piece of equipment!

Over the past three years, First Root Farm has grown and thrived. It’s been an incredible journey, and we could not have done it without all of you. Whether you’ve given us your time, your money, your skills, or your encouragement – running a farm has been a whole lot more fun with the backing of such a vibrant community.

Now, heading into our fourth season, we’re counting on you once again. We’ve reached a size we love and it’s time to adjust our systems accordingly. The walk-behind rototiller we’ve been borrowing for the past three years isn’t the right tool for the job anymore. We need something more versatile, that will allow us to farm more efficiently & help us build our soil fertility. Luckily, the perfect tool exists: the BCS. The BCS is a walk-behind tractor designed for small farmers. It’s more powerful than a rototiller, but still small enough for our scale. With three specific implements, we can use the BCS to build raised beds, double crop, till the soil, incorporate compost, turn in cover crop, and more.

The BCS is our dream machine. We’ve done the research and thought hard about exactly what tool we need. We could not be more excited about all the possibilities the BCS opens up for us.

But in order to make this dream a reality, we need your help! We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money we’ll need. Kickstarter is an online fundraising platform that is changing the way people raise money for creative projects. You set a goal for your project (ours is $9,000), a finite time period (40 days), and at the end of that time, if you’ve met your goal, you get the money. It’s all or nothing, so every dollar counts! Another cool feature of Kickstarter is the rewards – however much you donate, you get something neat from us in return.

You can visit our Kickstarter page here. Watch our video, read all about the BCS, and check out our fun rewards.

We couldn’t do what we do without your support. Thank you for being a part of the First Root community!

Warmly,
Laura & Nina

p.s. Join us for our 3rd annual Garlic Planting & Harvest Potluck, Saturday October 20th, 10-2pm. All welcome!