100% Kickstarted!


Big Pig on Pasture

Whoa! How can that be?!? Two people pushed us over the $25,000 full funding point within seconds of each other!

Me thinks they were both trying to be the $25,000 funder. What fun! What to do… I suppose the alternative would be some King Solomon solution where we split the T-shirt or make them wear it on alternate days… Hmm… No, we’ll go with the two separate T-shirts solution!

So, our double T-shirt winners are Rob Banes who brought us exactly to $25,000 and Tone Heighton who pushed us over $25,000. Congratulations guys and a humongous thank you to everyone who has helped us get to our funding goal!

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But wait, there’s more! Remember Update #10 Game #3 of “Guess the Funded Backer Count”? Well we have a winner, who got very close, and we have a very close second place that was off by only two, but unfortunately just over. The official rules are: “guess that got it right without going over.”

The funded backer count was 298 so the beautiful Big Pig Coffee Mug goes to Alan Taplow who guessed 289!

Diane Neubauer who guessed 300 was very close so I’m going to issue a special second prize which will ship with her Goodies.


And who was that gorgeous model on the coffee mug? Big Pig was one of our original four sows who we got as 15 lb piglets almost ten years ago. She is the beautiful big lady gracing the top of our project page shown in the fall on section five of our south field. She was a gentle giant at about 800 lbs. Her grand daughters, great grand daughters, great great grand daughters and beyond are grazing in our fields now.

Thank you to everyone for playing the game and most of all, thank you to everyone for backing our project.

So now that we are there, “Now what you ask?” Stay tuned…

Outdoors: 35°F/23°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/65°F

Daily Spark: I’ve always wanted to be a procrastinator but keep putting it off…

You can get your own iKickstarter the Butcher Shop T-shirt. See this post for ordering details.

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8 Responses to 100% Kickstarted!

  1. Karl says:

    whoo hooo, congratulations I am so very happy for you.

  2. Diane N. says:

    Congratulations to your family on full backing! Wonderful! I’m so glad I could be part of that. Thanks also for the unexpected second prize.

    I’ve been following your blog for years and have learned tons about homesteading and animals from your family. We’ve begun some of our own smaller ventures with chickens (so far) and gardening. Your example of creative use of the resources available to you, and wise, “baby steps” approach to practicing with little projects before trying a big project has been really helpful.

  3. CarolG. says:

    Congratulations. Your hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and ability to communicate your goals are again paying off.

  4. JohnL says:

    Hey, Walter, where does this leave us now? Will further pledges be useless or will you still receive the money pledged after 25k? I haven’t done my bit yet, you know. JohnL

    • A very good question. The money we get in past our funding goal we will be able to use for the next step, the on-farm slaughter. Any that is available after that can go to the smokehouse so we can start doing bacon here on Sugar Mountain Farm. Details tomorrow!

  5. David says:

    Congratulations! I was reading your FAQ about what you’ll do with money that goes over the goal, and part of that was building the abattoir. What is/was the plan if you don’t have enough for that, would you have slaughter still done somewhere else?

    • We’ll keep plugging along and continue doing the slaughter at Adams until then. However, at this point we’ve done the most expensive work, bought the most expensive equipment (the scalder/dehairer) and are well on our way. The butchering, the cutting and sausage making, is our largest processing expense, costing us about $150 to $200 per pig. Bringing that on-farm will give us more cash flow to devote to the next stage of construction. It snowballs.

  6. Bethany says:

    Congratulations, Walter! So happy to read this. Your writing here has been of great help to me over the years, and I’m looking forward to reading about all the new developments, as always. Cheers!

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