What if school fundraisers cleaned up? | New Food Economy

October 5, 2016 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 1

There’s an awesome front page feature on FarmRaiser on the The New Food Economy‘s site. With new regulations curbing junk food sales in schools, more and more people understand that it’s time to clean up the school fundraising industry.

FarmRaiser aims to shake up a billion-dollar industry by helping schools swap cookie dough and popcorn for good food, made close to the classroom

Source: What if school fundraisers cleaned up? | New Food Economy

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Slow Food USA: FarmRaiser: Join the Healthy Fundraising Revolution

September 8, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

Check out this our guest post on Slow Food USA’s site. If you don’t know about Slow Food USA’s school gardening program, take a few minutes and visit their site.

sfee-gardensBlog Post FarmRaiser: Join the Healthy Fundraising Revolution Aug. 6, 2016 Each year, parents, neighbors and friends spend nearly $4 billion buying tubs of cookie dough, candy bars, sweet treats, and junk food to support schools and nonprofits in their communities. We’ve all been there–we want to support the cause and so we buy a bag of flavored popcorn we won’t open, some wrapping paper we don’t really need, or a few maga

Source: Slow Food USA: FarmRaiser: Join the Healthy Fundraising Revolution

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FarmRaiser Fall Favorites

What’s your favorite fall activity? Biting into a crisp local apple, heading to the pumpkin patch down the road, or admiring your painstakingly executed fall decor over a freshly brewed cup of coffee?

FarmRaisers are a great way to purchase everything you need to celebrate fall in all its glory while helping your school or organization raise money for their cause. Here are a few of our favorite fall FarmRaiser products (with all the appeal but none of the sugar of a pumpkin-spiced latte!)–feel free to share yours in the comments below!

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Fall Veggies: Whether it’s mixed seasonal veggies, fall soup kits, farm fresh squash, or pumpkins, selling fall veggies is a fun, healthy way to raise money for your cause and introduce your supporters to the amazing fall product around them. 

Apples:  Perfect for lunch boxes, healthy snacks, and autumn treats! 

Porch decor kits: We work with farmers to create a mix of vibrant autumn favorites like pumpkins, gourds, corn, and more, just waiting to be displayed on your porch or in your home or classroom.  

Your favorite fall drinks: Fall is not complete without amazing locally roasted coffee or apple cider from a local orchard.

Sign up or log in today to schedule your fall FarmRaiser, or email us for more information!

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FarmRaiser SuperCampaigns: Your new bff in multi-school/group fundraising

August 18, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

If multiple groups within your school or multiple schools within your district fundraise for a shared cause or goal, we’d like to invite you to learn more about FarmRaiser’s new SuperCampaign functionality as a tool to help you blow your fundraising goal out of the water this year.Together we can reinvent fundraising!

Making its debut last spring in Bellingham, Washington, the FarmRaiser SuperCampaign feature connected 14 schools all working together to raise money for Common Threads Farm educational programming. This new feature supports friendly competition between classes or groups within a school, multi-chapter organizations that are fundraising for a single cause, and district-wide FarmRaisers with multiple schools. SuperCampaign reports allow you to see how your group is contributing to the overall goal while also showing the collective total raised across groups or schools, making keeping track of your fundraising on the micro and macro levels a breeze.

Interested in learning more? Just email us and we’ll get you all the info you need. Whether you’ll be selling healthy local products this year as part of a SuperCampaign or fundraising as an independent group, we can’t wait to hear from you! Sign up today or log in to get started!

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Incorporating Multiple FarmRaisers Into Your School Calendar

August 16, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

pumpkinpatch_small-993x461Chances are, sometime in the next few weeks, you’ll be meeting with your PTA, fellow coaches or teachers, or school administration to take a look at your school calendar and figure out when and how to fundraise! One of the benefits of working with FarmRaiser is that there is no limit to how many you can host; while no one wants to buy cookie dough or wrapping paper more than once (and really–who wants to buy it at all?), selling seasonal products throughout the year in conjunction with school events, holidays, and other days to celebrate lets you fundraise AND delight your supporters throughout the year.

Check out some examples below of the different types of FarmRaisers schools host throughout the year, and take a look at the sample calendar we’re put together that lays out a year of FarmRaising. Feel free to email us with questions or to share what you’re thinking, and sign up or log in to schedule your next FarmRaiser today!

Great Ideas for FarmRaisers 

 

Sample School FarmRaising Calendar

  • Back-to-school (Early September/Oct): produce, healthy snacks, and food literacy books
  • Halloween (presales in early Oct): healthy treats instead of junk, pumpkins
  • Harvest season (up to Thanksgiving): fresh produce and value added products (honey, jam, etc.)
  • Holiday Season (presales starting in late Oct/early Nov): gourmet host(ess) treats, local gifts, wreaths, poinsettias
  • Winter/Early Spring (Jan-March): seeds, value-added products, healthy Superbowl treats
  • Valentines Day (presales in mid Jan): Flowers, dark chocolate, V-day meal supplies or meal kit
  • Mid Spring (early March – April): seeds, plants, early spring produce, UPick coupons
  • Mothers Day: Mom wants some locally grown flowers and snacks!
  • June/late spring: Local strawberries! (Talk to your cultivator about dates for your region)

Contact your cultivator for more ideas, questions, or a quick brainstorming session! As always, thanks for your hard work connecting your kids, students, and community to the amazing locally made and grown food around you. You rock!

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Refer a friend to FarmRaiser – Suppliers, Schools, and Parents

August 11, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

If you want to share FarmRaiser’s healthy school and nonprofit fundraising solution with a friend, you can use this form to send them an introductory information package.  Our team will follow up with them to make sure they have everything they need.

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FarmRaiser Brochure for Schools and Nonprofits

August 11, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

We’re very excited about our new FarmRaiser one-page brochure that captures the key advantages for schools and organizations seeking to raise money, while connecting kids to healthy food. We created this for our partner organizations to share with their networks, and for individuals who are interested in trying a healthy fundraiser at their school, nonprofit, church or athletic organization.

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2016 School and Organizer Brochure

If you know someone at a school or non-profit, who might be interested you can share this link, add it to your web site, or simply download and print it out to share with your fundraising committee, coaches, teachers and others who are involved with fundraising at your school. If you’re looking for a longer presentation, we created a slideshow to demonstrate how FarmRaiser works for PTA members and educational leadership.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Host a Plant Sale

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As you’re planning your fundraising calendar for the upcoming year, or looking for some great ideas for healthy fundraisers for your school or group, I’d like to encourage you to consider one of my favorite types of FarmRaisers: plant sales! Plant sales like this one allow you to sell a variety of flowers, herbs, and other plants from a nursery, greenhouse, or farm in your area, giving your supporters something they actually want and would buy anyway, while raising money for your cause.

 

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  1. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers, herbs, and plants?
  2. You can hold plant sales throughout the year–fall mums, Mother’s Day flowers, holiday poinsettias and wreaths, and spring tulips are just a few of the ways you can incorporate plant sales into your fundraising calendar.
  3. Including herbs in your sale encourages your kids and supporters to cook with fresh ingredients.
  4. Products featured in plant sales make great gifts and are an easy, beautiful improvement to your front yard or school courtyard/garden (let the kids plant them!).
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  6. FarmRaiser makes a plant sale fundraiser easy. Use our platform to pre-sell flowers, plants, and herbs from a beautifully curated market, then let us worry about ordering. No more confusing order forms, payingfor product up-front, or guessing on order size! If you currently host a “market day” where you sell plants or flowers the day of the event, we can help increase sales and make your life easier with our presales, customer reports, and order and logistics management. 

Ready to sell some plants? Sign up today (it’s free!) or log in and schedule your next campaign to get started!

Do you wish your current plant-sale or flower fundraiser had online sales, mobile apps, and ability to go paperless like FarmRaiser?  No problem! If you want to keep using your favorite local nursery, farm or greenhouse for your fundraising sale, we’d love to talk to them; you can direct them here for more information, or just email us, and we will will reach out to partner with them, and you can keep selling products your supporters love, with all the benefits of FarmRaiser.

 

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Apples & Honey: Two Sweet Ideas for Fall Fundraising

August 4, 2016 / All, Healthy Fundraising Ideas / Comments: 0

Selling a single product in your fundraiser makes it easy to set up and manage the fundraiser.  Thanks to their near universal appeal, apples and honey are two of our most popular fundraising product for the fall season.  So why not get into the back-to-school spirit with a crisp clean apple fundraiser?

Apple or honey single product fundraisers are great because:

  •  – Apples always work as a sweet treat for any child (or teacher)
  •  – Aside from being delicious by themselves or as ingredients, apples have numerous health benefits including lowering bad cholesterol, helping with weight loss, and lowering your risk of heart disease.
  • – Popular with almost everyone, and at their peak of freshness in the fall, apples are a great fundraising item in September, October and November.
  • – Honey is an awesome pairing with your favorite apples, or as a natural substitute for processed sweeteners.
  • – We are partnered with dozens of orchards and apiaries across the country, and we are sure to have a great local supplier for your apple or honey fundraiser

Apple-cinnamon-oatmealFor a delicious breakfast idea, check out this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal from one of FarmRaiser’s favorite bloggers, Running with Skissors! This is just one of many simple, healthy recipes that you can make with locally grown apples.

Ready to start planning your next successful fundraiser, email your cultivator, login to your account, or  click here sign up for FREE!

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Healthy Snacks to Fuel Young Readers

July 26, 2016 / All, Healthy Fundraising Ideas / Comments: 1

With the first day of school just around the corner, we’re rested and ready to help you meet your fundraising goals! Whether it’s for purchasing supplies, funding a fall field trip, or supporting your PTA programs, FarmRaiser is here to help.  As you work with your school’s administration and PTA to plan your fundraisers for the 2016-2017 school year, keep in mind that you can customize FarmRaisers for every season and event–including Back to School! Here are a couple of our favorite ideas to welcome your families back:

Healthy Snacks for Kids:

Say goodbye to chips and candy! Instead, how about selling healthy snacks (perfect for backpacks and lunchboxes!) like fresh fruit, kale chips, carrots and hummus, and more? Contact your cultivator to see what healthy snacks are available in your area currently. If you have a favorite locally produced snack you’d like to see in a FarmRaiser, you can tell us about it or send the farmer/artisan this email to help make it available on our platform.

Celebrate Food literacy Month and Connect Kids to Healthy Food with a  Readers to Eaters Books Sale:

September is Food Literacy Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge of food literacy. Food literacy is the understanding of the impact of your food choices on your health, the environment, and the economy. Simply put, what are the consequences of what you eat? There’s no better way to celebrate this month than to raise money for your cause by promoting food literacy! FarmRaiser’s awesome partnership with Readers to Eaters, an award winning food literacy nonprofit, enables you to sell books that help kids understand where food comes from and how healthy food fuels us to be our best selves. These books are great on their own or sold in conjunction with other healthy local products. You can check out the whole catalog of Readers to Eaters educational books here.  R2E-2015-FlyerZ

In addition, you can ask your cultivator about how to earn free books for your school library when you sell them in a FarmRaiser.

Sign up for free or log in to your existing account and create a campaign today to get started, or feel free to contact your cultivator to plan your year of FarmRaisers!

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