On Saturday, April 30th a massive thunderstorm devastated the Dewberry Hills sustainable pastured poultry farm. 75 mile an hour winds and torrential rain destroyed the movable chicken tents and flooded the pastures. Lighting strikes prevented farmers Jane & Terry from going out into the field during the storm, and many of their birds drowned.
This is the fourth weather catastrophe to strike Dewberry in less than a year, and they see their resources as exhausted.
They've set up a Go Fund Me campaign, at
to raise money to replace mobile tents with larger and heavier metal mobile coops, to get rain water collection gutters up on all their new buildings to prevent pastures from flooding, to replace the washed away driveway, and to continue pay bills while they wait for the next batch of chickens to grow.
Please help by giving what you can and by spreading the word.
The AFI Team
Starting a food business isn't exactly a piece of cake. Beyond designing the best product offering and crafting a business plan for success, food entrepreneurs who are actually working with food (vs. food app companies, for example...) need the equipment, and the space, to experiment, to learn, to grow, and to produce their products.
The Cook's Nook will fill the void between one's own home kitchen and a shared commercial kitchen for those just starting out, provide space and resources for caterers, and food truck operators, and chefs looking to experiment somewhere away from their primary kitchen.
On May 16 The Cook's Nook and members of AFI's Investor Network signed documents to provide up to $214,000 of debt financing for construction of the Cook's Nook space at 205 Thompson Lane in east Austin. The Cook's Nook is projected to open in Fall, 2016.
The Cook's Nook Deal Page on this website.
The Cook's Nook's Website.
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