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Why are We Asking

September 30, 2012

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!


14 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Griffith permalink
    September 30, 2012 11:17 am

    Give me the info again please. Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2012 10:44:42 +0000 To:

  2. laraste permalink
    September 30, 2012 1:22 pm

    Don’t be all defeatist yet! There is still time!

    • September 30, 2012 10:04 pm

      We believe it will work….just don;t wait for the last minute to remind people. *G*

  3. September 30, 2012 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the reminder! I joined the campaign with a donation this morning. I would truly love to see the Wild Ramp’s success duplicated at the Hampshire Coop in Romney someday. Best regards, Steven Martin, Church View Farm, Three Churches, WV

    • September 30, 2012 10:04 pm

      Thanks Steve. You are truly a gem since you don’t even live in the market area. Please let us know if you come to Huntington so we can show you around!!

  4. September 30, 2012 7:20 pm

    Doesn’t Kickstart give you matching funds? Wishing you great success and hope that you’ll reach the goal!

    • September 30, 2012 10:03 pm

      No, Kickstarter provides the administration of the fundraising process only. The rules are such that if we do not meet the goal by the deadline, the monies are never collected from the donors. It works most of the time but sometimes the response can be low. We think the community support exists here but we started to get concerned because the donation level was not keeping pace with the time factor. But since the blog was posted this morning, the response has been great.

      • September 30, 2012 10:20 pm

        Glad to hear that folks are stepping up! I’m sending my best wishes (and measly donation) from Oregon. Think I’ll ever get to shop there?

      • September 30, 2012 10:39 pm

        Come visit before I invade your turf…and surf

  5. foodmeonce permalink
    October 6, 2012 2:29 am

    I’ve rolled your question about why did I support TWR in my head for days – to be honest, I wasn’t really sure at first. I don’t live in Huntington, I was able to stop in quickly the one day I was there, and definitely liked what I saw. I’ve done that many times with many food establishments, only to have my memories of those places drift away over time. But something in TWR stuck with me long enough for me to write about it a few times – and it’s the community. It’s not a store where people are trying to make a profit (though that would be nice if it happened, I’m sure). It’s a support system – for farmers who want to try to make a go of it the right way, and not sell out to Big Ag; for consumers who don’t necessarily have the ability to jump through the hoops to find the healthy foods they need in your region; and for the neighborhood (especially the other shops in the station) which is benefiting from the vitality TWR brings to the immediate area. It’s supporting local artists and craftsmen, too. It’s the way a local economy *should* work, and I find myself scratching my head, wondering why this hasn’t really been tried in other areas. Be proud of what you’re doing for Huntington!

    • October 6, 2012 10:35 am

      I truly believe that an effort like the Wild Ramp, building something very good for a community, brings out the very best in people. The group in charge is also made up of really nice people who believe in delegating and letting people who have expertise add their help in the way that is best for the Market. I am proud to be a part of this…and I enjoy the good food too!

  6. October 1, 2012 1:11 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing the news about the Wild Ramp with your readers!!!


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