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What is Barnraiser?

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Learn about the innovative crowd-funding community whose mission is to make sustainable food and farming the standard.

Ever wanted to get in on the ground floor of a new artisan bakery? What about a honey bee apiary? Or a charcuterie shop?

That's where Barnraiser comes in. Barnraiser is a crowd-funding community designed to power healthy and sustainable food initiatives—think beekeepers, butchers, bakers, first-time farmers and heirloom gardeners. The site offers people interested in the food movement a way to support these artisans, who are changing the way Americans farm and eat.

"We're all about good food for good health at Cooking Light, and Barnraiser shares our mission in that regard," says Cooking Light Editor Hunter Lewis. "They're like Kickstarter for the good food crowd, and we support their efforts and their growing army of makers who are growing, raising, and cooking delicious food."

Launched In Fall 2014, the Barnraiser community has successfully funded marquee projects across the spectrum of good food, sustainable farming, and healthy living, including food businesses, small farms, edible educators, mobile apps, and community projects.

Founder Eileen Gordon Chiarello says the community is an opportunity for the millions who care about health and wellness to partner with these exciting innovators, share what they are doing, fund their projects, and grow the movement.

"When we all get involved, millions of new "barns" will be built and all of us will get better food and a healthier way of life. Come to Barnraiser and experience the growing tapestry of stories from the front lines of this exciting movement. Take part and pitch in!"