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Barnraiser: A More Sustainable Crowdfunding Platform
Step aside, potato salad. If the recent mockery of Kickstarter has you wondering whether there's any good sense left in the world, you'll be happy to hear there is — and that there are plenty of people striving to better their communities and make their mark for longer than 15 minutes.
Barnraiser is the new kid in the crowdfunding game, soft launched on Earth Day 2014 with a handful of projects that celebrate sustainable food and farming. In fact, those are the only projects that Barnraiser supports: innovative ideas from the leaders and makers of the food movement that aim to influence how we farm and eat on a local and global scale.
While still in its fledgling stage, Barnraiser has so far funded a sustainable meat conference geared toward "conscientious carnivores," a company producing non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher and vegan nutrition bars that benefit the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, a multi-platform mobile app for foraging site Falling Fruit, and a "food kozy" aimed at eliminating the use of plastic bags, wrap and foil. All of these projects are simple, sustainable, and community focused. Some want to change the world; others want to inspire change with a ripple effect.
The site is a collaborative effort among farmers, gardeners, chefs, food artisans, community activists, social innovators, health-conscious families, educators, and other voices of the movement. In the tradition of raising barns, when one farmer gets a new barn, everyone gets better food — this in turn benefits each member of the community. Here are some of the most interesting
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