Would I suggest that a farm seek crowdsourced money? In a word, yes. The barrier to funding is very low, and you aren't actually required to produce much, or anything.
|you'll find the campaign here|
A crowdfunded source is a different sort of transaction; often trading on the perception of the farm, and usually with no proof of financials and no collateral.
In the case of Tim Young at natures harmony, the promise made was to expand a cheese cave and to open a retail store, and they did both of these with great fanfare. A few months later the store is apparently closed, and the cheese cave is up for sale.
Was that a good deal for the consumer? It depends on what you wanted to get out of it. With natures harmony, the contributors expected to be able to visit the store and see what they'd done; part of the satisfaction of helping someone is seeing the results. Here's a comment:
"Corey Van Tighem
|You'll find the campaign here|
With software projects a common way to "meet" a deadline is to remove features until you get to the current state of the project. With this one you have at least two inspection organizations that have to approve the building, the State of Vermont and the USDA, and things have to be pretty much in place to have this go.
For the last 7 years there's been an emphasis on the building that will house this venture; he's been building a monument out of concrete and steel. Watching this project grind on for 7 years now with no end in sight, I really have to wonder if Walter would have been much better off with an insulated pole building. I think that he would have been processing pigs years ago if he'd gone that route.
|Project page here|
|the right-most column is "99.5% confidence". We're falling farther behind.|
Time will tell whether either one of these projects will pan out, but I have to ask: Are the people who funded them getting what they expected?