Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter
Contest rules

In the first year of launch, Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter Sauces raised $13,264 for small American Farms. On April 29th, 2014, Beekman 1802 will divide that total between four small American farms. (Entries due by midnight, April 22nd.) The amount will be divided into four "Mortgage Lifter Lifts:"

  • One $10,000 Lift
  • Three $1088 Mini-Lifts

To apply, please review the official rules below and fill out the profile application.

Who's Eligible

Beekman 1802 is looking to assist small farms who have a viable, future focused, growth-oriented business strategy. (For farms facing immediate financial crises, please click here for an organization better suited to help.)

In general, the Mortgage Lifter program is open to any agricultural business that fits the USDA definition of a Family Farm:

  1. produces agricultural commodities for sale in such quantities so as to be recognized in the community as a farm and not a rural residence;
  2. produces enough income (including off-farm employment) to pay family and farm operating expenses, pay debts, and maintain the property;
  3. is managed by the operator;
  4. has a substantial amount of labor provided by the operator and the operator's family; and
  5. may use seasonal labor during peak periods and a reasonable amount of full-time hired labor.

(For exact language, see 7 U.S.C. 1941.4,1943.4).

Additionally, we require the farm to have been in operation for a minimum of three years.

Click here for complete official rules of entry.

Judging Criteria

Beekman 1802 is looking to assist small farms who have viable, growth-oriented business strategy. Applications will be judged on a combination of the feasibility and innovativeness of the applicant's plans, as well as their potential for success (as determined by the judges.)

FAQs

Q. Are Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter Lifts intended to pay the mortgage for a farm?
A. No. Or at least not necessarily. The name "Mortgage Lifter" comes from an heirloom variety of tomato first bred in the 1930's. Beekman 1802 simply admires the spirit of the farmer who bred this great tomato and used innovation to pay off his debt. Our Mortgage Lifter Lifts can be used in any manner by the recipients to further their business goals, which may or may not include making a mortgage payment or paying off debts.

Q. Is Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter a charity?
A. No. Beekman 1802 is a small business passing along a portion of their profits to help other farmers. Mortgage Lifter Lifts are subject to any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

Q. Can I donate to Mortgage Lifter?
A. At this time, Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter is not a charity thus cannot accept tax deductible donations. However, you are more than welcome to offer your own "Mortgage Lift" to any of the applicant profiles found on this site - either through purchasing their goods and services, or direct financial gift. Please contact us if you would like to have a sponsored gift added to the Mortage Lifter Program. And of course, every purchase of a Mortgage Lifter product you make increases the amount we are able to give away.

Q. In order to apply, does my farm need to be certified organic / non-gmo / free-range / anti-biotic free / biodynamic / etc?
A. No. Beekman 1802 recognizes the difficulties many small farms face in qualifying for certain certifications. We simply require all farms to practice good stewardship of the land and humane treatment of all animals both qualities defined and determined by the Mortgage Lifter judging panel.

Q. How is the Mortgage Lifter Lift amount calculated?
A. Beekman 1802 sets aside 25% of the profits generated from sales of all Mortgage Lifter products to be disbursed. We currently plan on making disbursements on an annual basis, but may disburse more frequently (and/or in greater amounts) as sales increase. Profits are determined on a strict calculation of revenue minus cost. We do not make any deductions for operating, administrative, marketing or any other expenses.

Q. Where can I buy Mortgage Lifter Products?
A. You can either purchase Mortgage Lifter Products directly from Beekman 1802 or from these retailers.