News Letter #3









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Hello all!
It has been an intense past couple weeks as we ramp up for our campaign launch on March 4th! We are developing an Indiegogo page, videos, training an ever-growing team of volunteers, and our website and donor packets are being finalized this week.

In case you are new to this email list, our crowdfunding campaign is to buy a family farm and convert it into a community-legacy farm + bed and breakfast, the operations of which will then provide a space for research (read the story here). With fewer farmers going into the field every year, we aim to explore and develop alternative approaches to running farms cooperatively in a way that sustains discourse and research in the liberal arts. This is why our team is not only comprised of professors and students from a broad array of disciplines, but also farmers who know the area in which we seek to become established.

Progress Update #3

Keep scrolling to:

  • View the third video of our People of Turtle Island Cooperative series.
  • Find out ways in which you can help.
  • Be introduced to two of our newest volunteers!


People of Turtle Island Episode #3:
Dr. Jade Florence


People of Turtle Island - Dr. Jade Florence

This video series highlights friends and team members of the Turtle Island Cooperative, and shares their stories, art, and research.


Meet Dr. Jade Florence, the healthy food and farms director at the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Find out why she sees value in our project.

People have been asking, “How can I help?
Three ways: Sweat equity, personal donations, and spreading the word. They say talk is cheap, but not if it raises awareness about our project!
At the very end of this email you will find the poster (thanks the design, Sammi!) showing the types of volunteer work we are looking for and showing where to apply.
Besides sweat equity, you can begin setting aside some money to put towards our project on the launch date. We need as many donations as possible on the first day to get the hype necessary for Indiegogo to begin promoting us on their site.
Finally, now is the time to begin talking to your friends, family, and acquaintances! Know anyone who cares about sustainability, healthy food, or academics? Show them our story. How about someone who might be interested in making a charitable donation in exchange for a vacation stay in one of Idaho’s most beautiful regions? Stay tuned for our donor benefits packages, which will be featured in our next newsletter!

Featured Donor: Lisa Hecht
Lisa Hecht is a Certified Life, Mentor, and Wellness Coach. She is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. She has worked as an engineer, architect, and program manager. Lisa is a cancer survivor who raised two teenage daughters alone after their father was hit and killed three weeks after she completed radiation treatments. Music and environmental advocacy are two of her biggest passions. She has been growing and storing her own vegetables from seed organically for the last three decades. A huge thank you to Lisa for her continued support!

Introducing two of our newest volunteers:

In the limelight this week are two new members of the team – Travis Adsitt and Melissa Magorty. Each came on board this week just when their contributions could not have been more crucial.

Melissa Magorty

Melissa is an advocate for the environment, local farming, and basic human decency. She enjoys working with others who share these values. “Education is priority,” she says, stating that it should be an ongoing and lifelong process. Over the past week Melissa has been developing our Facebook presence by establishing relationships with other pages who share any one of our values of sustainability, education, and community engagement.

Travis Adsitt

Travis Adsitt is an Electrical Engineer major at Boise State University. He was formerly employed with the United States Air Force. He left the Air Force to go to school and is working to become a research professor. “I am inclined to help Turtle Island Coop as I have an affinity for philosophy and sustainable farming. I have a son and making a positive change for the sake of his future is important to me.” Travis is currently helping with our web design.

Thank you to the rest of the people making all of this possible:


Bethany Poythress- Director of Business Relations
Liz Tanons – Administrative Assistant
Kara Stefani – Media and Marketing Presence
Kate Taylor – North Idaho College Grassroots Organizer
Kelsey Nunez – Attorney at Kelsey Jae Nunez LLC. Kelsey has been providing legal consultation every step of the way with the Form 1023.
Sammi Lowman Graphic and Web Design.
Matt Boxer and Gary Mitchell – Web and tech assistance. Without their advice and support working out technological bugs and setting up domains, as well as teaching Sammi the ways of WordPress, our site would not exist.
Andy Ridgeway – Crowdfunding campaign coodinator. Andy recently drafted our crowdfunding campaign street team handbook.
Alex Chaffin – Singer/Songwriter. Alex wrote a song for Turtle Island (a riff from this song is featured at the beginnings and ends of our People of TICo videos.)
Ben Konkol – Graphic design. Ben helped structure and print posters and flyers for promotional use.
Cae Odell – Fundraising strategist, helping us prepare to approach donors.
Tony Powell – Video production. Filming and editing interviews.
Drew Buckmiller – Group facilitator. Drew has been our interviewer for video production.
Seann Sweeney – Story adviser. Acting as mentor for our People of Turtle Island project.
Christian Carley – Financial analyst, mathematician, scholar and musician. Overseeing the business plan.
Professor Ty Morrison
– Permaculture designer and sustainable architect. Developing our Master Site Plan.
Christina Stucker-Gassi – Project coordination and marketing strategy.
Dr. Ed Kaitz – Education adviser.
Chris Dorr – Spa and grounds management.
Bryan Weeks – Vision, mission, and purpose development.
Joey Steinbach – Tourist guest stay, timeshare, real estate, and business adviser.
Julie McKerracher – Farm guru and market garden research.
Dave McKerracher – Executive director, marketing, and video production.

Thanks Sammi, Liz, and Dave for putting together the newsletter.

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