Why are We Asking
Honestly, the response to the Kickstarter campaign is not going as we hoped. We are almost halfway in our time frame and have just passed the 31% mark in pledges.
Heartfelt thank yous to Jeannette Rowsey, Lauren Kemp, Jean Hardiman, Beth Rankin, Kayla, Suzanne House, Dawn Aiken, Chix in the Stix Farm, Sam Torres, Mike Smith, Gunta Norman, Rebecca Maclean. Emily Click, Jacqui Lane, Dusty, Stephanie Kerr, Audrey, Massie Schemmel, Scott and Maribeth Anderson, Jessica, Maura Conway, Beth Ann Earl, Gail Patton, Sara Deel, Patti Miller, Adan Barraclough, Robin Blakeman, Melissa Taylor, Carmen Dial, Bill Rawlinson, Amy Belcher, Beth Darby, Gabriel Blatt, Barbara Morrison, Hillary Young, and Jennifer Perry.
I don’t know all these people, but I recognize several names who do not live anywhere near Huntington and can not enjoy the benefits of the Wild Ramp. They never have had the opportunity to come in and purchase our fresh farm products and enjoy the amazing flavor of our local ripe produce or grass-fed and free-range meats. So why have they pledged?
They told me they have admired how we have gotten this market up and running in so short a time. They applaud our effort to bring an alternative to the produce found at the local supermarkets that have traveled hundreds and thousands of miles to be offered, most of the time still green without full flavor or raised with chemicals that we really don’t want to put into our bodies. They themselves eat local foods and fully understand that we have something very very valuable at the Wild Ramp.
So what happens if we don’t reach our goal? Nothing
No one spends any money. The people who pledge are not out a penny.
The Wild Ramp continues to operate. Some things will not get done as soon as wanted, but eventually, all the projects that would be funded- the laminating machine, the commercial scale, another commercial refrigerator, the shopping carts, the tasting program, the teaching kitchen, the signage and our own tables so we can return the ones we are using to their owners- all those things will eventually happen. It just may take years.
The Wild Ramp will not go out of business. But it will not not shine as it could as soon as it could.
Why is this Kickstarter fund raiser so helpful? Because we don’t have the money to do these projects without it.
Because 90 cents of every dollar spent at the Wild Ramp goes to the farmer who produced that food. Farmers work long hours with no vacations. Seven days a week, year-round, and they don’t get minimum wage. It is not an easy lifestyle and these people do it with the determination that the food we eat should be free of chemicals and harvested at the optimal time for healthy, full flavor. We believe they deserve to be paid and paid as well as possible.
But that means we only have a dime to do all the things that need to be done to operate a business. We have told you before that every person who has done anything for the Wild Ramp, from the labor to renovate the space to the people who are there manning the check-out table, all are volunteers. So, the dime goes to rent, to government fees, to all the other costs that running a business has. There is nothing left to make the purchases to achieve the projects listed in the Kickstarter Fund Raiser.
The Wild Ramp is a community endeavor. Its success depends on you. We need you to shop here. We need you to volunteer here. And yes, we need ten bucks from you to meet our goal.
So, it’s time to act. If you can give, even as little as $5, that will be fantastic!!! If you can’t and you want to help our effort, then please spread the word. Take this message and share it on Facebook so all your friends see it. Copy the message into your email and send it out to people in the area that you know so that they can become aware, if they do not already know, about the Wild Ramp.
Together, and only together, we can do this!