Keep our Barn Strong & Beautiful

Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 17, 2020
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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 14, 2020

Here's what we're battling, people. Foundations are where it starts, but roofs are absolutely essential to protect the foundation and keep the structure standing. Here's a picture from the recent storms; buckets are not longer sufficient to hold back incoming rain! Thank you so much for your support.

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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 11, 2020

People, we're at a 50/50 dead heat between charcoal gray and slate blue for the barn roof color -- with no other colors voted for thus far! If you've already donated, be sure to check your email for a link to vote on the color. And those of you that want in on the action, donate within four days, by 10/15/20, to get a vote.

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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 10, 2020

Here's a pretty cool shot of the barn that Gian Ferretti took last summer. Notice the center third looks darker than the side third -- that's because the shingles are severely damaged and broken -- let's get a new roof on it!


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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 07, 2020
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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 06, 2020

Gorman's Restaurant in Lake Elmo has this old picture of the barn, among many other local historical pictures, hanging on the wall. This cool picture is from 1968! Nothing looks much different except the surrounding fields, which are now suburban homes.

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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 06, 2020

Madeline, Alferd and I wanted to say "thanks" for the great day of donations today!

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Update posted by Peter Kastler On Oct 04, 2020

Well, we've had a great couple days of donations from some generous people -- thanks so much. We've still got 75% of the funding to go. Looking forward to knocking on some more doors and making some phone calls.

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Donate $1.00 Or More

THANK YOU: Receive 1) a public "Thanks" on our farm Facebook page and 2) donate by 10/15/20 (we need to get the roofing ordered sooner rather than later) and you get a vote (via internet form) on the barn roof color. After donating, we'll send you an email for you to opt in or out of having your name displayed.

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DONOR RECOGNITION WALL: Receive 1) a public "Thank You" on our farm Facebook page, 2) donate by 10/15/20 (we need to get the roofing ordered sooner rather than later) and you get a vote on the barn roof color, plus 3) your name will be listed on our donor recognition wall that will be prominently displayed in the barn. After receiving your donation, we'll send you an email for you to opt in or out of having your name displayed for both Facebook and the recognition wall.

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ONE DOZEN GRADE AA EGGS: Get 1) a public "Thank You" on our FB page, 2) donate by 10/15/20 (we need to get the roofing ordered sooner rather than later) get a vote on the barn roof color and 3) your name on our donor recognition wall and 4) one dozen super tasty, ultra fresh complimentary eggs for you to pick up at the farm (we'll email you a "coupon" to use at your convenience). After receiving your donation, we'll send you an email for you to opt in or out of having your name displayed for both Facebook and the recognition wall.

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MILKHOUSE DATE NIGHT: Includes 1) all the rewards listed at the 100 dollar level plus 2) date night for you and another in our delightful milkhouse lounge. Come walk the nature trail and stay for Roma Restaurant pizza and a selection of beverages. If you select this, we'll reach out to set up a time that works for you.

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BLACKSMITH TUTORIAL: Receive 1) all the rewards listed at the 100 dollar level and 2) receive a blacksmithing tutorial from our resident blacksmith Madeline. She's a novice herself, but she can definitely get you started in the basics of blacksmithing. We love the clank and ring of the hammer on hot steel -- come experience it for yourself! Scheduled this fall or this coming spring.

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CHICKEN RAISING CLASS: Includes 1) all the rewards at the 100 dollar level and 2) one chicken raising class from our resident flock-tender Peter. If you plan on starting a chicken flock this one's for you! With twenty years experience, Peter can help keep your brood happy and healthy. Includes a) a two-hour class covering feed, housing, breeds, health concerns, predators and resources, b) a farm tour and c) a visit to your coop (if desired) anywhere in the metro area. Class will be in April 2021 with a limited group size of five.

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FARM YARD YOGA: Receive 1) all the rewards in 100 dollar reward level and 2) we'll host you and up to 9 of your friends at the farm for a 90-minute all-levels yoga class. Our resident yoga instructor, Dusty Bennett, is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher and currently instructs at the White Bear Lake YMCA. There's no need to be a full-blown yogi to appreciate this perk; students of Dusty's slow-flow, vinyasa-style yoga class classes often comment that his teaching style makes yoga approachable for beginners, challenging for novices, and invigorating for connoisseurs. While this isn't goat yoga, you definitely can pet the goats and use our nature trail afterward.

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MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL RIDING INSTRUCTION: Includes 1) all the rewards in the 100 dollar level and 2) come ride our easy-to-moderate trails after getting riding instruction from a certified mountain bike coach. Dusty has over 20 years of mountain bike experience, is a certified Mountain Bike Guide through the International Mountain Biking Association, and is licensed mountain bike coach with the MN High School MTB League

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NATURE TRAIL BENCH DEDICATION: Receive 1) all the rewards in the 100 dollar level plus 2) you get a dedication on a metal plaque on one of our nature trail benches stating "Keeping This Place Beautiful" and your name, or a dedication to a friend or family member.

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NAME A TRAIL SECTION: Includes 1) all the rewards in the 100 dollar level and 2) you get to name a section of our nature trail. This will be listed on the trail maps and there will be a sign on the trail. We reserve the right for final approval of the name.

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INTRIGUING BONUS REWARD: Includes 1) all the rewards in the 100 dollar level and 2) co-hold Whippletree Farms's "Raised Right" registered trademark with us. You'll be permanently listed as named co-holder of this mark with the State of Minnesota as long as we have it. There is no equity or specific monetary benefit (we don't license this trademark for outside of our own use) -- but it's pretty cool to be named as a trademark holder!

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I opened my egg carton this morning and saw that I am given this opportunity to support my favorite source of Grade AA farm fresh eggs. I drive miles to get your eggs. Thank you.

Gretchen Stein

Backed with $100.00 On Oct 19, 2020

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Thank You for all your hospitality over the years.

Thomas McGrath

Backed with $225.00 On Oct 18, 2020

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Such a beautiful family farm. Thanks for working to keep it up.

Kandra Huber

Backed with $25.00 On Oct 17, 2020

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Anonymous

Backed with $50.00 On Oct 17, 2020

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Anonymous

Backed with $25.00 On Oct 17, 2020

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Didn’t quite make the deadline, but that’s not exactly our style. 😆

Matt, Lorissa, Adi and Eleanor O’Brien

Backed with $50.00 On Oct 17, 2020

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Joanne and Don Olsen

Backed with $250.00 On Oct 14, 2020

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Glad you are upkeeping such a beautiful structure!

Anonymous

Backed with $25.00 On Oct 14, 2020

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:)

Kristalena Herman

Backed with $50.00 On Oct 14, 2020

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