SOURCE: Three Revolutions
MIDDLEBURY, VT--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2012) - Middlebury, VT-based Three Revolutions, an L3C, just launched the world's first crowd-funding platform for farm and food. Founded by Kevin Lehman and Chris Lindgren, ThreeRevolutions.com offers food and farm enterprises an opportunity to raise funds from appreciative consumers who are eager to support and connect with their favorite businesses and "put their money where their mouth is."
Project supporters contribute to funding campaigns for as little as $10 and in return receive a reward from the business they backed.
"Crowd-funding is an idea whose time has come," says Lehman. "It's perfect for food because food intersects with nearly every facet of our lives, and increasingly, we want to be connected to its source."
Three Revolutions is an online marketplace where revolutionary changes in food, friends, and funding converge.
"We want Three Revolutions to be the place where food innovators and appreciative consumers make connections, build community, and support sustainable food enterprises," says Lehman.
Three Revolutions fills a void in funding options for food and farm businesses most of which are not eligible, ready or capable of taking on conventional bank financing or venture capital. "Grants and low interest loans are pretty non-existent for food processors," says Jeff Weinstein, co-owner of Two Guys in Vermont, which makes small-batch, all natural soups from locally sourced ingredients. "The Three Revolutions platform is a great tool for emerging local foods economies."
Erik Andrus, founder of Boundbrook Farm, in Vergennes, VT, is using Three Revolution's crowd-funding platform to raise $6,000 to purchase and import a self-propelled rice harvester.
"Rice systems have been shown through history to be the most sustainable and durable on the planet," notes Andrus, who will offer harvesting services to other rice farms. "Rice supports more human life than any other crop."
Current campaigns on Three Revolutions also include a mobile "tap room" for Aqua Vitae, micro-brewers of probiotic, medicinal brews and Kombucha, and research into colony collapse disorder by Dancing Bee Gardens, an organic apiary.
Three Revolutions launched with four innovative Vermont-based food ventures and more businesses are readying their campaigns for launch. Join the revolution in funding local food and "put your money where your mouth is" at ThreeRevolutions.com.