Friday, August 12, 2011

Sweetness and Light: Algomah Acres Honey House Meadery Project!

Hello Friends!! John and I had a project accepted by Kickstarter!! We are very excited, as there have been 2 projects in the UP recently who reached their goal via kickstarter--the Rabbit Island project and the Brickside Brewery in Copper Harbor. Today we launched our project!! Please read our project synopsis below and I will share a bit about kickstarter below...if it is new to you!!

We are beekeepers in the pristine and beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and we operate our licensed honey house out of a historical church building. Beekeeping strikes the perfect balance between John’s culinary experience and my art background, and it allows us to combine our environmental passion with our interest in artisanal food products and gardening.

It is a natural extension of our passions for us to branch out into mead making, and to use the skills we have developed in home brewing to open a meadery in our historical church.This would make us the first Meadery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!
We plan to start out as a "micro-meadery", producing small batches of artisanal meads, and other mead related beverages such as pyments (mead that is fermented with grape juice) and cysers (mead fermented with apples).

The money that we raise via Kickstarter will be used for start-up licensing fees and equipment to make the magic happen!
Beekeeping and its process allows for creativity. It is both a passion and a lifestyle that we plan to continue by means of sustainable methods. We keep between 50 and 100 hives.

Please visit our kickstarter webpage, watch the video, and consider kicking in to our project!! Please feel free to e-mail or ask questions if you have any!!

What is Kickstarter?
They’re the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.
Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.
A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.
All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

Yours truly, Melissa, John, and the bees :)

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