What is the Mortgage Lifter project?
Beekman 1802 gives away up to 25% of the profits all products in the Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry portfolio. Additionally, many of these products are produced using small farm sourced ingredients.
How'd it start?
In 2013, Beekman 1802 co-founders Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge had a big idea. For years they'd struggled to grow their farm business enough for Josh to leave his job in the city so they could both live happily ever after as full-time farmers.
So they decided to create a line of Pasta Sauces that would use a variety of tomato first bred in the 1930s with a funny, but appropriate name: "The Mortgage Lifter Tomato." If they could just sell enough jars, they could pay off their mortgage and Josh could move upstate permanently.
Then, through a lucky twist of fate, the pair won "The Amazing Race," a television reality competition. Finally able to pay off their own mortgage, they thought: "hey, wouldn't it be great if other small farms could catch a similar break?'"
So they decided they'd pay forward up to 25% of the profits from their sauces to help promising small farms grow larger. In the first two years, they gave away over $40,000. Now there is an entire line of Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry products, including baking mixes, salsas, condiments, honey, teas, salad dressings, and more.
Why the Mortgage Lifter project?
When former city-slickers Josh and Brent were learning how to farm from their neighbors they also learned how much farming is misunderstood in America.The issue is not as simple as: small farms = good, and factory farms = bad. They learned that most small farmers actually aspire to become mid-size and large farms. They dream about making enough money to be able to own their own homes. To send their kids to college. And to be financially able to one day retire after a hard job well done.
Becoming part of the middle class in America is currently out of reach for most small farmers. And as much as we all value farmers markets and quaint local farmstands, a Saturday table full of produce isn't going to pay for a farm child's college tuition or fund an IRA.
Josh and Brent believe that farmers deserve their place in the proud middle class of Americans. To accomplish that, small farmers need the opportunity to grow. And in order to grow, they need a place within our country's food distribution channel bigger than farmers markets and small gourmet outlets. Namely, small farms need representation in retail grocery chains.
While many grocery chains would like to feature more locally-sourced food items, their distribution models require vast quantities, complex processing, discount pricing, and omni-seasonal production - all of which are near-impossible for small farms to accomplish on their own.
Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry products are produced from quality ingredients sourced from both small American farms and also larger American farms. Many of the products are organic and non-GMO certified. By using both small and large farms in sourcing, the products can be priced competitively at larger grocery store chains.
But the best part is that up to 25% of the profits are then returned to small farms to help them grow larger. It's a win-win-win-win-win.
Thank you for supporting the biggest new idea for small farming in America!