Aimee Grimmel

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There is a kickstarter going on that many of us permies can get behind. White Bull Farm & Regenerative Agriculture Design is nothing like most dairies. This new farm is an incredible example of compassion toward animals and permaculture design. Please consider supporting them. Their rewards are amazing! And don't forget to share the campaign with others, especially those in Maine. (I am in no way affiliated with the farm, the following is directly from the Kickstarter campaign)

About this project

We are a brand new, family-owned farm located in Pittsfield, Maine. We have been blessed with demand for our product right away. The local community truly supports local farms and wants to buy healthy product. This creates a wonderful opportunity for expansion that we had not anticipated so soon. Kickstarter has been a great blessing to farmers and farm projects all over the county. What better way to raise the capital we need, connect with the community, and build our brand than a Kickstarter campaign?

So what is this "Giant Leap"?

Our first and primary product offering is raw whole milk. We are licensed by the state of Maine to sell raw milk from the farm, at farmer's markets, in retail stores and direct to consumers. In order to safely handle milk and dairy products we must have certain equipment and facilities. Which we already do, however in order to meet the growing demand we require equipment that can handle the higher volume with speed, efficiency, and cleanliness. Last, but not least a higher demand means... yes, you guessed it... more cows. Not just any cows. One reason our milk is so delicious is because our cows are of a high genetic quality, bred for health and grazing efficiency instead of high production. In other words, we don't just go down to the sale barn and pick up a few more cows. Our cows may not produce as much milk as a traditional dairy cow, but the milk they do produce is rich, creamy, nutrient dense, and tasty.

So what do we need?

Our plan is to raise $15,000 over the next 21 days in order to purchase the following...

Portable Milking Machine made to accommodate 2 cows at once
33-Gallon Stainless Steel Chill Tank
Stainless Steel Sink
Stainless Steel Restaurant-Style Work Table
Bottling Supplies
Plumbing Fixtures
Cattle Handling Equipment
Fencing Upgrade
Utility Trailer
Straw, Hay & Wood Chips
2 Cows

We have set up 5 levels of support, and a special 6th level for a one-time donation of $2,000. If you look on the right side of the page you will see each category and its rewards outlined clearly. We realize each category has farm product vouchers listed as a reward, and that these rewards must be claimed on the farm. We understand that many of you are friends and supporters who live out of state. Do not let it stop you from joining with us! If you do live out of state, just get in touch with us via phone or email and we'll be sure to help you with an equal alternative!

Please know we are deeply grateful to all of you who continue to support us and support this kind of farming! Help us continue to provide healthy food to the community!

Risks and challenges

No business is perfect. There are obstacles and day-to-day challenges that arise. The key to longevity and resilience is long-term planning and the ability to quickly adapt. Farming is no different, if not even more challenging. There are weather changes to deal with, equipment breakdowns, paperwork, license compliance, building maintenance, and much more. We have planned for this growth and its success by getting the farm established, starting our herd, getting our licenses and permits, and building clientele BEFORE we launch this campaign. This allows us to grow as it is needed instead of as we want. The helps us save money and streamline the farm production process.

The only obstacle to this particular project is raising the funding in a timely manner, but that's why you are here. While $15,000 may seem like a large sum to raise. Think about it this way... most people have at least 100 friends on their Facebook list. If 20 of our friends got 10 of their friends to get 10 of their friends to each give $10.00 we could reach our goal! Look at it like this...

20 Friends x 10 of Their Friends = 200 People
200 People x 10 of Their Friends = 2,000 People
2,000 People x $10.00 = $20,000

Will you help us take the leap forward?

3 years ago
We own a cheaply made hori hori, and it is the most used garden tool around here. It's great for harvesting, transplanting, planting bulbs, loosening soil, and much more. If you're on the fence about purchasing one, I highly recommend this awesome deal. The tool looks very well made and much sharper than ours. But whatever you do, don't buy a cheap one, as it will not last as long or function as well as a well made tool. If there are any deals left by January, I'd be happy to get in on this.
3 years ago

Q Kealoha wrote: P.S. I've been attempting to get Willie to come to O'ahu for a potentially huge project that requires large scale reforestation on the Ka'iwi coast. They are currently in a bid war to win the mountainous land for sale, and if they do win, it would be the first time that a stretch of land from the mountain to the sea would be protected from development. I think this could be a huge opportunity for the leading experts in permaculture to show what can they can do by transforming this essentially desolate (yet beautiful) area and maximizing it's potential using permaculture techniques.

To learn more about the project, go to

Thank you for sharing the Ka'iwi Coast project. I truly hope the project is funded so that beautiful land can be protected rather than developed. Donation sent! Warmest blessings from our little corner of Maine <3

Stefan Sobkowiak wrote:We should have a good supply of seeds for most of these by the fall and will be starting a seed sideline to provide one stop shop for all things Permaculture Orchard in the next years. Read Mollison's 'phases of abundance', we have reached abundance for most plants.

Thank you for answering Stefan! Looking forward to your seed shop
4 years ago
Hello Stefan,
What is your most successful/favorite guild so far? Do you replicate most of your guilds around your keystone species, or are most of them different?
BTW - I look forward to your video, and have found your website very helpful, all the way down to the links section
Thank you!
4 years ago
What a magical looking property David! How's it going now that you have moved in (assuming based on April move in date)??
4 years ago
Looks absolutely incredible! Can't wait for the pre-release so I can watch the whole thing
Amazingly talented welders! It's perfect timing for me. I just bought an electric chainsaw and I definitely want a solar cart to run it. A good friend is a welder, so it would be well worth $20 to get the dvd so I can hand it over while I say "I want this!". Once I have time to try my hand at welding, I would already have a nice dvd to help me along the way. Since I've got plans for a few other trailer projects such as 2 Eliot Coleman style mobile farmer's market carts, aka veggie mobiles, a dvd such as this would get lots of use here.

Is the solar trailer light enough for a Subaru to haul it? Here's the towing specs for our Outback: 2700 pounds with trailer brakes, 1000 w/o brakes, hard towing 1350lbs
Looking really good! Since I could not find many of the trees and such that I wanted locally, I ordered lots of seed off ebay. You'd be amazed what you can find on there. We'll be starting most of ours this month!
Can't wait to see how your yard looks as everything grows in
4 years ago
Although I don't have anything much to add to the comments others have made, I wanted to chime in and say I agree with the sentiments of the others. I've never thought of permaculture, and certainly not any of the permie leaders (Paul, Geoff, etc) as being sexist in any form. Although it may be a hard thing to hear, I agree with Paul's advice to "step up" for those who feel that there is an imbalance. Just trying to keep up with a weekly blog is hard enough, so I have MUCH respect for the permies who put themselves and all their incredible info and advice out there. Keep on keepin on! And thanks so very much for all of your hard work and encouragement!