Become a Founding Member of Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery


Moxie Ridge Farm is a small-scale, sustainable, horse-powered farm and creamery located in Washington County, NY. We make farmstead cheese from our herd of sassy Alpine goats, raise pastured chicken and pigs, and work the farm with our team of Shire horses, Sam and Charlie. We are passionate about sustainability, animal welfare, and community education. We hope you'll join us up on the farm!

We are looking for founding members to support the farm during its first years of growth. In exchange for the pre-purchase of farm products, members receive recognition, big perks, exclusive experiences, and founder discounts for life.

 
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Moxie ridge Local Founder - $2,500

Becoming a local founder of Moxie Ridge means gourmet cheeses at your fingertips, non-GMO-raised pastured pork & chicken, and loads of amazing experiences just up the road from you.

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Moxie Ridge Founder from Afar - $2,500

Our Founders from Afar get amazing value and completely unique experiences even without living near the farm. In fact, as a founding member, we work hard to make you feel like you're a part of the farm year-round, no matter where you are.

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Moxie Ridge Volunteer Founder - $1000 + trade

Want to be a founding member, but can't spend $5,000? Do you have a skill or trade that could be of value to Moxie Ridge Farm? We have a small number of volunteer founding memberships available to individuals which offer the option of trading services for half the value of the membership.

Founding Members Build Moxie

By becoming a founding member of Moxie Ridge, you are quite literally helping to build the farm. By pre-purchasing your products and experiences (like a multi-year CSA), you are providing Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery security for the future along with some very crucial farm elements. Founders' support goes directly to the following:

 

expanding sustainability through security

It's much more than a buzz-word. When we say sustainability, we mean the ability of the farm to support itself in its operations as much as possible. Generating our own solar power is one way we do this, gravity flow irrigation is another example, and so is our choice to use draft horses. Achieving impactful sustainability takes years, however, and our Founders give us the security to know that we will have that time to learn and protect the land we work. Part of every Founder's Membership helps us with the costs of day-to-day operation of the farm in the first crucial year - hay, non-GMO feed, bedding, shelters, baby formula, and vet visits.

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Transition to heritage breeds

Heritage livestock breeds most closely represent the animals that people worked with before we started breeding for convenience and industrial farming. They grow slower, forage better, are more careful breeding and raising young - all key elements of a sustainable system. These lines yield meat and eggs that are flavorful and delicious, but they take more investment on the part of the farmer in money, time, and labor. Founding Memberships contribute directly to bringing these disappearing breeds back to life on the pastures of Moxie Ridge.

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Building the future now

One of the most lasting impacts Founders will have on the farm is in helping to build it. Founding Memberships contribute directly to big farm improvements including:

  • barn raising
  • our new milking parlor
  • a full kid playground
  • on-farm store
  • historic barn renovation
  • a farm truck
  • starting Timmy's Landscaping Service - a herd of Moxie Ridge goats used for sustainable brush clearing services

 

Moxie Ridge Founder - Local

$2500

Our Founders are the heart and soul of the farm, and we want to give you products and experiences that are truly unique - and at an amazing value. Local founders get:

THE BIG STUFF:

  • 1 week farmstay in 2018 (first come, first serve reservations). This may be transferable to family members on a case-by-case basis. ($1500 value) 
  • Name a baby goat! - You'll have the rare honor of naming one of the 2017 babies that will be the foundation of the Moxie Ridge herd. (Priceless $) Spring 2018
  • Your name on the barn wall - Handmade by craftswoman and fellow woman in ag Annie Shupe, your name will be burned into local wood and displayed on the founders wall in the barn at Moxie Ridge. (Priceless $ and exclusive to Founders) Fall 2017
  • Free cheese for 1 year - beginning in May 2018 and ending May 2019 you'll receive 2lbs of farm-selected fresh and ripened goat cheeses, aged cow cheeses, butter and yoghurt every month. Your cheese will be available for pickup on the farm. (~$500) Spring 2018
  • Half Heritage Hog for Fall 2018. This pork will be grown on farm, pastured, humanely handled, and fed our whey and organic feed. It will be locally processed then packaged into frozen cuts, bacon, and sausage, and will be available for pickup on farm. (~$650) Fall 2018
  • 1 hour photo shoot with the baby goat you named! This includes finished digital files. It does not include hair & makeup.  ($250 + Priceless $) Spring/Summer 2017
  • 1 month Goat Yoga (4 classes) - That's right, we'll have Goat Yoga at Moxie Ridge Farm beginning in Summer 2018. Classes are 1hr which includes a 10min "animal introduction" period and are led by a certified instructor.  ($160) Summer 2018
  • 1 Private Farm Day with tour and dinner for up to 6. ($500) Fall 2017 
  • Free access to all special events & Sunday tours on farm for 3 years (up to 2 adults and 2 kids) including Baby Goat Pajama Party Brunch, Old-Timey Halloween, and more. Must reserve by member deadline.  ($500+)Beginning Fall 2017

FOUNDER DISCOUNTS FOR LIFE:

  • 20% Discount on all farm products for life
  • 25% Discount on all farm classes, including Goat Yoga, My Pet Goat, Farmer for a Day, Homesteading, Retreats, and more. 
  • 50% discount to rent the farm for your own event - subject to approval and local laws and ordinances
  • Founder rates on farmstay for life $1500/wk

FUN THINGS:

  • Moxie Ridge "Up On The Farm" T-shirt
  • An exclusive signed 11x17 Founder's print of the Year One poster
  • Monthly video updates of Moxie Farm and the baby goat you named
  • A copy of the Goats of Moxie Ridge 2018 book with you listed as a founder - Summer 2018
Moxie Ridge Founding Membership - Local Founder
5,000.00
Quantity:
Purchase Membership

Moxie Ridge Founder from Afar

Don't live anywhere near Washington County, NY? You can still be a founder of Moxie Ridge! We've tailored the products and perks you'll receive around one visit a year. Here's what you get:

THE BIG STUFF:

  • 1 week farmstay in 2018 (first come, first serve reservations). The farmstay at Moxie House sleeps 6 and includes breakfast daily ($1500 value) 
  • Name a baby goat! - You'll have the rare honor of naming one of the 2018 babies that will be the foundation of the Moxie Ridge herd. (Priceless $) Spring 2018
  • Original Commissioned Painting of the baby goat you named - Artist and fellow woman in ag Anne Darrah will paint a beautiful ink & watercolor baby portrait with the kid's name ($450) 2018
  • Your name on the barn wall - Handmade by craftswoman and fellow woman in ag Annie Shupe, your name will be burned into local wood and displayed on the founders wall in the barn at Moxie Ridge.  (Priceless $ and exclusive to Founders) Fall 2017
  • Free cheese for 1 year - beginning in May 2018 and ending May 2019 you'll receive 2lbs of farm-selected fresh and ripened goat cheeses, aged cow cheeses, and butter every month. You only pay shipping. If shipping is too expensive for a monthly delivery, we can send a quarterly package. (~$500) Spring 2018
  • Private Frolic - Can't make the Baby Goat Pajama Brunch? Don't worry. We'll set you up for a private 3 hour baby goat frolic one lovely afternoon when you are visiting ($250) 2018
  • 1 hour photo shoot with the baby goat you named! This includes finished digital files. It does not include hair & makeup.  ($250 + Priceless $) Spring/Summer 2018
  • 1 Private Goat Yoga Class during your farmstay  - That's right, we'll have Goat Yoga at Moxie Ridge Farm beginning in Summer 2017. This class is private for you and your farmstay guests. Classes are 1hr which includes a 10min "animal introduction" period and are led by a certified instructor.  ($120)  2018
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FOUNDER DISCOUNTS FOR LIFE:

  • 20% Discount on all farm products for life
  • 25% Discount on all farm classes, including Goat Yoga, My Pet Goat, Farmer for a Day, Homesteading, Retreats, and more. 
  • 50% discount to rent the farm for your own event - subject to approval and local laws and ordinances
  • Founder rates on farmstay for life $1500/wk

FUN THINGS:

  • Moxie Ridge "Up On The Farm" T-shirt - ($27) 2017
  • An exclusive signed 11x17 Founder's print of the Year One poster (Priceless $) 2017
  • Monthly video updates of Moxie Farm and the baby goat you named (Priceless $) 2018
  • A copy of the Goats of Moxie Ridge 2018 book with you listed as a founder - ($40) Summer 2018
 
Moxie Ridge Founding Membership - Founder From Afar
5,000.00
Quantity:
Purchase Membership

Moxie Ridge Volunteer Founder - $1000 + $1500 in trade

We are accepting a small number of Volunteer Founding Memberships. These memberships cost $1,000 and receive ALL the benefits of either the local or long-distance memberships, but incorporate a work-for-trade element equal to a $1500 value. 

This means you only pay $1,000 and then in addition you provide services or product with a market value of $1500. 

These memberships are limited to what can be of use to the farm and are available only to professionals in their volunteer fields on an individual case-by-case basis. Some of the professionals we are looking for in our volunteer memberships are:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • General Contractors
  • Public Relations Professionals
  • Professional Photographers
  • Designers
  • Product Designers
  • Social Media Professionals
  • Bookkeepers or Accountants
  • Farriers
  • Veterinarians or Vet Techs
  • Chefs
Photo by Sonia Rodriguez

Photo by Sonia Rodriguez

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Founder and have one or more of the skills listed, please contact Owner Leah Hennessy directly by filling out the short application below. 

Have a skill that's not listed or maybe a product? Let us know why you think you would be a great Volunteer Member when you submit your application by submitting the form below!

 

Volunteer Member Application

Name *
Name
Tell us about how you would like to volunteer
Include some details about you and your work. If your skill is not listed or if you have a product, please let us know how it can positively impact the farm and creamery here.
Tell us why you'd like to be a volunteer member!

FAQ

Can i buy a founding membership for a group?

Founding Memberships are meant for individuals or families, but if you would like to purchase one for a group you certainly can - it just takes a bit of organizing. We will need 1 person to be the main point of contact for products and perks - 1 shipping address, 1 booker for farmstay perks, 1 name or "group name" on your barn nameplate, etc. We also require that the Membership payment comes from 1 person. If you've got the organizing chops to make it happen on your end, we would love to have your group as a founding member. Please contact us directly for approval and details. 


Good question! Short answer is... kind of. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, so in that way yes, the Founding Membership is pure CSA. However, when we think of CSAs, we think of paying in advance and getting a monthly basket full of farm fresh product - usually produce. That's not necessarily the case here, especially with our long-distance membership. Take a look at the details here, you'll see exactly what you'll get for each option.

Is this a csa?


i'd like to be a founding member, but I don't live locally! 

We've actually got a special membership just for you! It includes a perks designed for long-distance members who would like be involved in the farm, but can only visit once a year. Take a look at the Founder from Afar Membership.


Don't get bound up. Naming goats is an art, not a science. And goat names certainly don't have to be gendered. Some examples from the Moxie herd are: Bonnie, Little Sister, Timmy (aka Timmy Nibbler), Austin, Ellabelle, Biff, Annie, and Morgenstern Lord of the Night. 

What should I name a baby goat? 


Is this like a kickstarter?

We've created Founding Memberships only for family and friends, so while there are some similarities to a crowd-funding campaign (like perks), there are some differences. In a nutshell, this is a pre-sale of products that also includes a LOT of perks that we only feel comfortable offering a small group of people that we know and trust. We do plan on crowd-funding later down the line for some specific projects, but those rewards will be scaled back and/or different from what Founding Members get. 


Are there any memberships for less than $5000?

Take a look at our Volunteer Founder option. You'll get everything a local or long-distance founder gets, but will pay for half in services. These are approved on a case-by-case basis.


Can i pay offline?

Sure. We know not everyone likes to use the interwebs for payment. Just contact leah (at) moxieridgefarm.com to coordinate your offline payment. 


No worries! You can give us a call at (518) 620-6464 from 8am-8pm EST or email Leah directly at leah (at) moxieridgefarm.com. We're happy to answer any questions you have or provide you with references.

What if i still have questions???