Campaign Introduction

Sunrise Farm is working to build the physical infrastructure needed to compost food scraps from the community to build healthy soil on the farm, divert food waste from the landfill, and strengthen the connections between the farm and community.

Close the Loop with Compost at Sunrise Farm!

by Jen Risley

  • $10,000

    Funding Goal
  • $4,555

    Funds Raised
  • Dec 2019

    Ended
  • Target Date

    Campaign End Method
Raised Percent :
45.55%
This campaign is not currently active.
White River Junction, VT

Jen Risley

11 Campaigns | 0 Loved campaigns

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Campaign Story

In July 2020, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law will go into effect for all Vermont residents. Organic waste — including an estimated 197.5 million pounds of edible food and food scraps, and leaf and yard debris, will no longer be accepted with the trash. This is an incredible opportunity to stop thinking about “waste” and start thinking about “resources”, to keep valuable nutrients in our community and build economic, environmental, and social resilience! To achieve this vision in the Upper Valley, Sunrise Farm in White River Junction is creating an on-farm compost system that will take in food waste from the community and transform it into compost that will be incorporated into the farm’s soil to grow more vegetables that further nourish the community.

Good compost is at the heart of every organic vegetable farm. Sunrise Farm, now in its 20th year of operation, has been composting its own animal and vegetable waste since day one. But the farm hasn’t accepted food scraps from the community because the farm’s rough-and-ready compost system (large outdoor piles turned occasionally with a tractor) isn’t suitable for general food waste, which requires more active management.

Vermont’s recycling law, combined with an expanding vegetable business and need for more compost, creates the perfect opportunity to close this loop. The farm will become a food-waste drop off point, both for its more than 300 CSA members and for Willow Tree Community Compost (see below.) The farm will build facilities, including fencing and a tractor-operated batch/bin management system, that will allow the food waste to be mixed with other organic matter (wood chips, leaves, animal manure) and brought up to a high temperature that quickly transforms into compost that is ready for spreading on the farm’s fields and in the greenhouses.

Sunrise Farm will be working with Grow More, Waste Less Food Systems Consulting LLC to assist with facility design and process management and to produce educational materials so that this project can serve as a model for other communities and farms across Vermont.

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This campaign is moving in tandem with Willow Tree Community Compost’s campaign (http://c-fund.us/o23) which aims to expand their curbside food scraps pickup service in the White River Junction, Wilder, and Hartford Village neighborhoods and deliver it to Sunrise Farm for composting. Keep your eye out for complementary rewards between our two campaigns, and if you donate to both campaigns you will be entered into a raffle to win a $300 gift card to Skinny Pancake! Two winners will be randomly drawn from those who donate any amount to both campaigns. Closing the loop takes collaboration!

Please donate now and spread our message across your networks!

Rewards

$10

Thank you note and a fun collection of stickers from project partners

Every little bit helps!

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$25

1 month of curbside foodscrap pickup from Willow Tree

A chance to try out Willow Tree Community Compost's service to see how simple composting can be.

*Must live in the service area — Wilder, White River Junction, Hartford Village

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$35

Sunrise Farm Tote Bag

Perfect for carrying home your vegetables.

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$50

Sunrise Farm T-Shirt

Show off your support.

A stylish match with a winter hat from the Willow Tree campaign (http://c-fund.us/o23) Plus, donors to both campaigns will be entered into a raffle for an exciting additional prize.

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$100

$100 Gift Card to Skinny Pancake

The Skinny Pancake supports local farms and businesses in building a more sustainable food system. Enjoy $100 worth of delicious crepes and more!

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$100

Pasture-Raised Chickens

2 whole Sunrise Farm pasture-raised chickens, perfect for a winter dinner. Available in June 2020.

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$500

Home Compost Consult with Grow More, Waste Less

We know some of you may want to compost in your own backyard... here's a chance to get your composting questions answered by Cat Buxton of Grow More, Waste Less consulting.

(Need a bin built too? Willow Tree can build you one for a donation to their campaign (http://c-fund.us/o23). Plus, donors to both campaigns will be entered into a raffle for an exciting additional prize.)

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$500

Indoor Lesson on Backyard Composting

Arrange an indoor slide presentation for your community or group this winter with Cat Buxton of Grow More, Waste Less consulting. Perfect if you can't wait until the snow melts to learn more about compost!

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$500

Pasture-Raised Lamb

One pasture-raised lamb from Sunrise Farm, butchered and wrapped to your specifications. Available in July 2020.

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$1,000

1/2 CSA Share

As a token of our thanks, enjoy a half share of the Sunrise Farm CSA for the 2020 season (May-October). Our CSA is market-style, meaning more choice for you - when you walk into the barn for pickup, you'll see that morning's harvest on display as if you were at a farmers' market. We'll let you know how many items to choose, and you get to decide which vegetable to take home.

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$2,000

Full CSA Share

A full share of the Sunrise Farm CSA for the 2020 season (May-October)! Our CSA is market-style, meaning more choice for you - when you walk into the barn for pickup, you'll see that morning's harvest on display as if you were at a farmers' market. We'll let you know how many items to choose, and you get to decide which vegetable to take home.

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  • 30-11-2019

    We're well underway!

    Hi Friends–

    We’re well underway with the campaign, thanks to more than 40 of you! I’m so excited about this project because it’s going to really enhance the soil fertility at Sunrise. We’ll combine our own veggie waste (like the spent tomato plants, below…) with food waste from you to create a high-quality finished product that will work great in our certified-organic production system. Thanks for contributing!

    –Chuck

  • 16-12-2019

    Letter from the Vermont Farm to Plate Network

    Hi all,

    Sarah here from the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, a statewide initiative to strengthen Vermont’s food system, increase access to local food, and help farms and other food system businesses provide environmental benefit to the state. I want to thank you all for your amazing support so far and let you know what it means to us on a statewide level.

    Vermont needs more local composting options! Our state is a trailblazer in keeping food out of the landfill. Even better, we’re fundamentally shifting the way we view food scraps, from treating them as “waste” that needs to be managed to recognizing them as a valuable resource. But fulfilling this vision requires increasing composting capacity with innovative models. We’re particularly excited about on-farm composting because it returns these valuable nutrients to our soil to grow more local food, and local collection services are a key piece of the puzzle to make this possible.

    The Farm to Plate Network is so excited to support Willow Tree Community Composting and Sunrise Farm as they “close the loop” locally. Not only will your contributions allow them to serve more households directly, but their partnership and the systems they create will be a model for other small businesses. The F2P Network is committed to sharing their story, and the story of the community support that makes it possible, to spark similar solutions in communities around the state.

    At this time of year when Americans generate three times more food waste than normal, and as 2020’s landfill ban rapidly approaches, please consider donating to these campaigns. If you can’t donate, or already have, please help us spread the word!

    Thanks again, to Jen, Chuck, and everyone working to support them, and we’re so excited to see what grows in Hartford.

    -Sarah Danly, Farm to Plate Network Manager

  • 21-01-2020

    Campaign is wrapped up

    Hello friends and supporters:

    We wrapped up the compost campaign at the end of December, and we’re feeling great about our progress to date. We had 56 donors, and though we only reached about half of our original money goal, we’re very happy about the breadth of support. We’ve never undertaken a crowd-sourcing campaign before, and perhaps we just set the original goal too high.

    Going forward, we’ve made it to the final round for a Working Lands Business Grant from the State of Vermont. We’ve applied for $20,000, which, in combination with your generous support and matching funds from the farm, will make this project a reality. We’ll find out in April about those funds. Meanwhile, we’re lining up contractors and firm construction bids in the hope of moving forward once the winners are announced.

    We hope this will be a nice demonstration project for other farms and other communities across the region. Composting of food waste is a great idea, and returning it to a farm to grow more food is even better. Feel free to share the details with your friends in other towns to let them know it’s happening. I’m not sure if this page is still accepting donations, but if it isn’t and you know someone who would like to donate, get in touch with me through the farm’s website – sunrisefarmvt.com.

    Thanks!

    –Chuck Wooster

Name Campaign Location Date
Anonymous Lebanon, NH December 22, 2019
Anonymous , December 22, 2019
Tala Radejko Lebanon, NH December 13, 2019
Anonymous , December 13, 2019
Chelsea Green Publishing White River Junction, VT December 12, 2019
Anonymous , December 12, 2019
Jennifer & Bruce Wooster, Picadilly Farm Winchester, NH December 11, 2019
Joanne Needham White River Junction, VT December 09, 2019
Lynne Wolf White River Jct Junction, VT December 08, 2019
Ben Wardrop Lebanon, NH December 07, 2019
Eric Becker South Strafford, VT December 06, 2019
Marcy Chong Hartland, VT December 05, 2019
Debbie Diegoli Springfield, VT December 05, 2019
Amanda Plagge Etna, NH December 03, 2019
Pat Ritter Rye, NH December 03, 2019
Jen Murphy White River Junction, VT December 03, 2019
Erin McCabe Canaan, NH November 29, 2019
Jane Meunier-Powell Quechee, VT November 21, 2019
Chuck Wooster White River Junction, VT November 21, 2019
Sue Kirincich White River Junction, VT November 21, 2019
Helen Hong Hanover, NH November 21, 2019
Upper Valley Food Coop WHITE RIV JCT, VT November 20, 2019
Julie Puttgen Lebanon, NH November 19, 2019
Suzanne Cronkite Hanover, NH November 18, 2019
Amanda St Ivany West Lebanon, NH November 18, 2019
M Gellhorn Lebanon, NH November 18, 2019
M Gellhorn Lebanon, NH November 18, 2019
Robert D Haun White River Junction, VT November 18, 2019
Hannah Rommer West Lebanon, NH November 18, 2019
Nicole Hansen West Lebanon, NH November 18, 2019
Emily Davis Thetford Ctr, VT November 18, 2019
Tessa Johnson White River Junction, VT November 18, 2019
Katie Mann White River Junction, VT November 17, 2019
Havah Walther Wilder, VT November 15, 2019
Kirsten Giebutowski HANOVER, NH November 15, 2019
Kathryn & Mark Detzer White River Junction, VT November 14, 2019
Ben and Grace Machin Corinth, VT November 14, 2019
Megan Chapman Lebanon, NH November 12, 2019
Beth Harper BRIDGWATER CORNERS, VT November 12, 2019
Tammara Wood Lebanon, NH November 12, 2019
Diane & Stephen Langley White River Junction, VT November 11, 2019
Nancy Duhaime Hartford, VT November 11, 2019
Paul Harvey Lebanon, NH November 11, 2019
Jennifer Lynn West Lebanon, NH November 10, 2019
Scottie Eliassen Lyme, NH November 10, 2019
Eileen O'Toole Hanover, NH November 09, 2019
Margaret and Matt Rightmire Hanover, NH November 09, 2019
Frederick Roesch Etna, NH November 09, 2019
Anonymous White River Junction, VT November 09, 2019
Sara Campbell White River Junction , VT November 09, 2019
Alyssa Crane Lebanon, NH November 09, 2019
Elizabeth Day White River Junction, VT November 09, 2019
Matt Bucy White River Junction, VT November 09, 2019
Martin Philip White River Junction, VT November 09, 2019
Rainie and Larry Kelly WEST LEBANON, NH November 09, 2019
Sandy Gmur Hartland, VT November 05, 2019
Holly West Enfield, NH November 04, 2019
Nancy LaRowe Norwich, VT November 04, 2019

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