budgeting…

25 Jun

I’ve been accepted to start a Kickstarter page – this is my first push of marketing and fundraising, so you should go to my page (coming soon!) and contribute to the Yogurt Pedaler. I’ve got a month to raise $1800. Please help me out; every dollar counts!

In preparation, I’ve put together a draft budget for the project. I’ve never done this before for a project that I was actually going to implement, so it’s hard to figure out exactly how much money I’ll need for a project that no one has ever done before. In any case, here’s what I’ve sketched out, in case you’re interested to know where that $1800 figure came from. Of course, I’m sure it will change when I’m on the road and figure out what I really need, and there are two major expenses – the reconstruction of my bike trailer into the Yogurt Pedaler cart, and finding a good incubation/heating method for making the yogurt on the road.

My next steps are to develop contacts with farms and communities in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and try to establish a route.  I’m also in search of organizations focused on community development or sustainable agriculture in the region that may be able to help me establish my network and/or sponsor the Yogurt Pedaler.  Any suggestions are most welcome!

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2 Responses to “budgeting…”

  1. Ruth Woehr June 30, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    I am delighted to hear about your new enterprise and would like to pledge $10. I’d really like to pledge more but I am no longer bringing in much of a salary. I encourage you to consider coming to Gambier where, as you know, there are many nearby farms, lots of people interested in sustainablility and community building and a current program going on to help students with enterprising ideas realize their dreams. For further information about that you might want to consider contacting Ted Rice (husband of Siobhan Fennessy–in Biology), Program Director, Innovative Greenhouse/Emerging Leaders at 740-427-5217 or ricet@kenyon.edu. And, there’s always a place for you to stay with us. We have extra bedrooms and it would be great seeing you again. All the very best to you always, Ruth

    • easteighth June 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Ruth!
      Thanks so much! Every little bit counts, and you can be sure I’m certainly on a budget, putting all of this energy into fundraising instead of just going out there and hitting the road. Please go ahead and pledge through Kickstarter here’s the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/970223131/the-yogurt-pedaler Just click on the green “back this project” button on the right side.
      I’m planning to end the trip in Gambier, as a matter of fact! I haven’t been back since graduation, and I really want to visit. I’ll be sure to look you up. Thanks also for the advice to contact Ted Rice. My main Kenyon go-to people are Howard Sacks and Bruce Hardy, and more is definitely better for this project. See you this summer, inshallah!

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