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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Farm to Cafeteria Conference

May 26, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

On June 2-4, 2016, the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will take place in Madison, Wisconsin. More than 1000 farmers, food producers, policy makers, educators, public health professionals, representatives from nonprofit and government agencies, and others dedicated to the “farm to cafeteria” movement will be there. The conference will include a variety of workshops, addresses, and networking opportunities, all for the purpose of educating attendees in bringing local food to cafeterias and spreading a culture of food and agriculture education across their communities.

The term “farm to cafeteria” refers to the efforts made to bring healthy, locally grown foods and agriculture education to cafeteria settings, whether it is in K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals, or prisons. Mirroring FarmRaiser’s philosophy, the movement works to support local food economies while simultaneously bringing fresh, healthy foods to the public. Cafeterias feed more than 40 million Americans every day during the school year. Many of those fed are children in public school districts. As the consequences of unhealthy eating become more apparent every day, it is crucial to make active efforts to bring nutritious options to our schools and beyond.

 

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Bellingham Schools Go Local, Turn To ‘Farmraising’ To Fund Garden Program | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest

May 19, 2016 / All, FarmRaiser in the News / Comments: 1

Great story on FarmRaiser from KPLU:

Bellingham healthy fundraiser featuring common threadsCandy bars and cookie dough are some of the traditional fundraising offerings for school kids. But with concerns about childhood obesity, selling sweet stuff sends a mixed message. Now, some schools are taking a healthier tack.By this time of year, lots of families with school-age children are experiencing fundraising fatigue.Mark Abbot is one of those parents. He was living in Flint, Michigan and helping his fourth grader sell mostly what they felt was junk food. It got him thinking there had to be a way to sell healthy, products, even things from local farms. He tried it out with a high school.“Folks we told … did not think the kids would be able to sell blueberries to families in Flint,” remembered Abbot. “It’s just not on their radar screen; It’s not something they normally buy at the grocery store — but it was so different and so fresh, that it was amazingly well-received.”A couple of elementary schools in Seattle also tried it, and the next thing he knew, he was in start-up mode with his company called Farmraiser. Instead of selling candy bars, kids send their neighbors to customized online markets where they can buy healthy products sourced within 30 miles.“What we try to have Farmraiser do is, not just compete against other candy fundraisers, but just get rid of that activity and have an activity that can actually be integrated back into the curriculum, if you want,” said Abbot.For example, in Bellingham, schools are using the money raised to fund gardening and cooking classes. Parent Stacie Moore says for a change there was no shame in soliciting friends to support her son’s class.“So I thought that was super cool to be able to offer that to people, you know, something that they might not buy, like fresh blueberry jam, and bam, you don’t even have to go to Skagit Valley to get it,” she said.For Moore, a happy byproduct of this new type of fundraising is supporting local farms.

Source: Bellingham Schools Go Local, Turn To ‘Farmraising’ To Fund Garden Program | KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest

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Bellingham Schools and Common Threads Farm Lead with Healthy Fundraising

May 16, 2016 / All / Comments: 0

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Bellingham, WA has always been a leader when it comes to sustainability and healthy food, so it’s no surprise that it is the site of the first multi-school “Super FarmRaiser” featuring 14 schools from the Bellingham School District and Common Threads Farm. Parents, friends, and neighbors can support the Common Threads garden education programs at their schools by buying products they already know and love, like Tony’s Coffee, Acme Farms + Kitchen meal kits, and Bellingham Pasta Co fresh pasta.

Each school has its own campaign, but the funds will be combined to support all students who participate in Common Threads Programming.

School Name Market Link
Alderwood Elementary www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/alderwood-farmraiser-spring-2016
Birchwood Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/birchwood-farmraiser-2016/
Carl Cozier Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/carl-cozier-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Cordata Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/cordata-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Geneva Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/geneva-elementary-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Happy Valley Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/happy-valley-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Kendall Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/kendall-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Kulshan Middle School https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/kulshan-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Lowell Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/lowell-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Parkview Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/parkview-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Roosevelt Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/roosevelt-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Silver Beach Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/silver-beach-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Sunnyland Elementary https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/sunnyland-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Whatcom Middle School https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/whatcom-farmraiser-spring-2016/
Common Threads https://www.farmraiser.com/campaigns/common-threads-farmraiser-spring-2016

If you live in Bellingham, or have students in one of the schools above, now is a great opportunity to support these amazing programs while getting something you know you’re going to enjoy.

For more information about the Super-FarmRaiser, see individual campaign sites or read the press release: Bellingham Schools and Common Threads Farm Lead with Healthy Fundraisers. 

 

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