“Give a man a meal and he eats for a day, create a sustainable farming system and he can eat for life…plus feed a whole community”. This is the aim behind Project Crowd Herd, a crowdfunding campaign currently live on the crowdfunding platform Start Some Good.
When Kate Richards, an Agriculture Consultant and Farm Manager from Armidale NSW discovered that over 2.3 million Aussies live below the poverty line, and more than 2 million of us have to rely on food donations at some point in the year to survive, she contacted Foodbank Australia, one of this country’s largest hunger relief organisations.
“Sustainability is the catch phrase for our generation. How can the community and organisations really expect to survive, even flourish if we are not integrating sustainable practices into the way we operate” says Kate. “I have learnt this from my years of working on the land and where better than to apply self-sustainable practices than in a charity.”
Finding funds and resources that support their cause accounts for a large portion of any charities’ business model. The time and money charities need to spend just in trying to find funds so that they can do some good, is an inevitable part of running a charity. Wonderfully for Foodbank, it will be gaining some relief from the fund and resource raising cycle. Project Crowd Herd will set up and manage a sustainable, long term farming and education business that will provide Foodbank quality protein products, ie: beef and lamb, for those in need.
John Webster, CEO of Foodbank, said: “Around ten years ago the board at Foodbank contemplated the possibility of having a constant and self-sustainable supply of meat products, but at the time had no resources to engage with the rural sector. Then six months ago we got a call from Kate out to the blue.”
Project Crowd Herd is based in the New England region of NSW. It will not only meet its major objective of feeding the hungry but will also provide quality training and employment, industry and sector knowledge, databasing, reporting and best practice information to the broader agricultural community.
With the advent of crowd funding Kate’s vision for Foodbank is becoming real. The funds raised on Start Some Good will go towards purchasing a self-replacing (ie: through offspring) herd of cattle and sheep. Essentially the crowd will buy the livestock that will be professionally managed by the Crowd Herd team in northern NSW. This in turn will supply Foodbank with a sustainable, ethical lifetime solution to their protein needs.
It is hoped, that through the symbiotic relationship between Project Crowd Herd and Foodbank that the charitable sector will gain vital knowledge on how to apply self-sustaining and vertically integrated resourcing for themselves.
Join the herd today. Go to www.crowdherd.com.au