Jim Smith of Rushy Springs Farm is reaching out for help to preserve his small, local farm--and give it a sustainable future. He's started a Kickstarter program to help raise funds to construct an on-site commercial kitchen that satisfies Tennessee regulation requirements for producing salt brine fermentation chile sauces.
In his own words: "To produce these sauces in an off farm site is financially and time wise so impractical as to be impossible."
Deadline: "My goal is to raise $16,180.00 by 3:26 PM Sept. 20."
How his Kickstarter project would work: "There are at least five projects on my farm that could benefit from this level of input, but without this project, there would be no farm at all. Furthermore, my actual needs for this project are considerably more than the requested goal. The building I would prefer would cost $40,000.00. By scaling back to the smallest size possible would still be $25,000.00. This does not include the necessary kitchen equipment. A conservative figure is necessary to insure that at least some funding can be achieved. My hope is to raise several times my minimum goal. To achieve this I'm going to need as much support as possible."
How you can help: Access the Rushy Springs Chile Sauce Kickstarter Project
"Please take the time to access (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rushysprings/rushy-springs-farm-world-class-chile-sauces) View the video and read my proposal. If you approve of my project please vote your approval by posting a "like" on the facebook link and/or leaving a comment especially if you enjoy my sauces. Pledge some cash in return for my generous reward for your level of help, every dollar counts. Equally important, help make my proposal go viral by utilizing your personal networks, both electronic and word of mouth, to encourage as many people as possible to check out my project on kickstarter.com. If you want to continue enjoying my chile products it is imperative that this project be successful."
Thanks for your support!