New Maine Rice Project homepage and pictures coming soon!
Fundraising Campaign - 2017
We have successfully completed the first phase of the Maine Rice Project, integrating it as a logistically and financially sustainable component of Wild Folk Farm. We have completed our integrated flooded polyculture paddy system, successfully cultivated a dozen cold-climate rice varieties, and are now beginning to share our learnings and food in Maine, and ship seeds around the globe.
We are excited to announce that the Maine Rice Project has received 501c3 non-profit status in fiscal sponsorship with the Maine Grain Alliance to expand our reach! We have received good feedback on which ways to grow and many of you have asked how you can help.
Want to DONATE? Please send an email to Wildfolkfarmers@gmail.com
Our goal is to get more people growing and eating local, sustainably grown rice and grain throughout the state. We plan to use education, demonstrations, workshops, a “Human-Powered Grain Equipment” tool library, and the creation of more paddies to do this.
I, Ben, have done a lot of pilot work onsite and offsite and the results are that demand for more rice and grain production and education are beyond my capacity. Schools are reaching out to me, wanting grains grown and rice paddies, learn about rice agriculture and how to harvest their crop with human powered equipment. Homesteaders and farmers, are interested in paddy construction, learning about our production successes as Wild Folk Farm, and also want to borrow the human powered equipment for their small scale grains operations. And folks all over are requesting more programming and workshops offsite and at Wild Folk Farm.
For these areas of focus to have a sustained impact on small-scale grain agriculture in the state, it is time for the Maine Rice Project to grow! We are looking to raise 10,000 - $15,000 this year to:
1) Employ someone part time to help with grants, education, outreach and develop the organization.
2) Make our Human-Powered Grain Equipment library a reality. This involves purchasing and improving on antique equipment, manufacturing our own, as well as buying some new equipment. The library will have multiple threshers, winnowers and hullers. We are about ½ of the way there! To put this in financial perspective, often times one used piece of electric equipment for grain processing costs 10,000 dollars. These pieces of equipment has the efficacy for commercial production!
We are excited to be spreading our plans and goals about the project as well as raising funds, so please spread the word. Also don’t hesitate to get in touch about any ideas or collaborations you have.
Thanks for your support! Please Visit!
Ben Rooney - Wild Folk Farm Manager & Maine Rice Project Director