CALL FOR DONORS

Dear Supporter & Friend,

For the past 7 years, Cochon555 and Taste Network have led the movement to educate a nation about heritage breed pigs and this movement has been a gateway conversation to better, safer eating. With your support, we feed a nation more heritage pigs than any other live-event in history. Since 2008, we have promoted responsible agriculture with three little words "heritage breed pigs", through buying one whole heritage pig from a family farm every three days to currently harvesting over 1 Billion impressions in the media annually with a 20 city-tour. The challenges that face family farmers are on the front burner and we have created a foundation called Piggy Bank.

  • Piggy Bank is a solution.
  • Piggy Bank is a movement. 
  • Piggy Bank is an entry point for new farmers.
  • Piggy Bank is open access agriculture.
  • Piggy Bank needs your support.

We are eating our way to a more diversified landscape - and when possible, we choose to consume heritage pork raised by honest family farmers because it tastes better and is healthier for us. Bottom line, we do this because we need a culinary landscape with safer food choices that will benefit our youth tomorrow.

You have attended events, cooked, sponsored, called, emailed, wrote letters, poured wine and spread the word. To each of you, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts! We are a community that believes in having a choice as much as a voice. Now, thanks to you, there is an authentic opportunity to put more farms in business. With your support, we can drastically tilt the scales in favor of family farming by increasing the startup rate of pig farmers and helping farmers in time of need.

How does Piggy Bank work? The foundation launched in September 2015 with the goal to gift breeding stock to new family farms. The physical Piggy Bank farm will have 10 heritage breeds living side-by-side and this foundation stock will produce 600 offspring each year. The offspring (breeding stock) will be gifted to farmers because genetics are very expensive. Piggy Bank will give farmers genetics in exchange for a business plan and these plans will be shared online for a global community. Additionally, Piggy Bank will support existing farmers who need genetics to diversify bloodlines or to recover following a disaster. Pigs that do not land on pasture will be sent to culinary schools for culinary research. Fast forward five years, a thousand gifted pigs are living on pasture producing offspring, hundreds of business plans are online, the idea of open source agriculture is all over. Piggy Bank has set a foundation for a new honest, responsible, transparent, family farming movement.

“The more pigs we gift each year and the more business plans we post online, the deeper the resources for new farmers. The model creates ‘business plan currency’ where farmers requesting free breed-stock will submit a business plan in exchange, there is an incredible value of creating a database of business plans written by family farms for family farms. It doesn’t exist anywhere, and best of all Piggy Bank is a model that can be duplicated for any endangered species. Every gifted pig has a purpose in the marketplace from developing an open-source culture to correcting our failing food system. The model can undoubtedly add value at all levels of the food chain while educating a global audience of farms, kitchens, culinary schools and more importantly, decisions-makers.” ~ Founder, Brady Lowe

We need your help today. Your support does so much, all funds will go to building the first genetic sanctuary for heritage breed pigs - i.e. a modern day Noah's Ark. The first goal is signing up 250 Foundation Donors in the coming months. The Foundation Donors will receive a letter of contribution to add to their 2015 gifting portfolio, and reduce their taxable income. Additionally they will be listed as an idividual or business on the website. 

The Founding Donor contribution is $1,000. The biggest victory every year will be raising $250,000 from our Foundation Donor community whom will be invited to celebrate the victory for at a private Founder's event called EPIC. Additionally, the Cochon555 US Tour will be hosting dinners before events to raise $75,000 and during all events, the Pop-Up Butcher Shop will raise $60,000. Cochon555 will be giving a percentage of ticket sales to Piggy Bank in addition to widespread support of all campaigns. There are plans for Kickstarter campaign in 2016 and lots of partners are looking to offer rebates on select purchases. 

January is a critical month to evaluate the response from our community. If you want to support Piggy Bank, we hope you can mark your calendars today to help us before end of 2015 (reducing your taxable income) or sometime in early 2016. This initial response will help us set our pace for getting the materials to build the farm and quarantine facility. With widespread support, we could have our first pigs in the spring.

  • Piggy Bank will change the landscape for family farmers.
  • Family Farms will learn more, dream more and grow. 
  • Our children will benefit from Piggy Bank.
  • Piggy Bank will inspire additional seed and livestock banks.
  • Piggy Bank will create an ecosystem of sharing genetics for information.
  • We call it open source agriculture. 
  • Your support will change the future of food.

I’m writing today to ask you to step up once more, by making a donation. Your support as a Cochon555 ticket holder, to telling five people about Piggy Bank to being an annual Foundation Donor, you are supporting a healthier, safer food.

2015 NATIONAL RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2015

The World’s First Genetic Sanctuary Announced

Piggy Bank is a Charitable Foundation to Create an
Open Source Agriculture Model for Family Farming

Atlanta, Ga. – The movement has begun: Piggy Bank, launched at The Giving Back Fund in September 2015, is a modern-day Noah’s Ark with one goal: to change the future of our food. The mission of Piggy Bank is to create a genetic sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, provide access to free genetics and business plans that enable emerging family farms to succeed. Dedicated to providing the first open-source agriculture platform for responsible family farmers preserving heritage species, the Piggy Bank farm, located in Missouri, will raise pigs to only be gifted.

Piggy Bank is a physical farm made up of 90 pigs, split evenly amongst 10 different heritage breeds. Each heritage breed community consists of nine pigs sourced from bloodlines chosen for efficient breeding purposes and genetic management. This agricultural marvel of endangered breeds will produce approximately 600 offspring each year that will be gifted and never sold. Gifting includes supporting new family farms with herd development, saving existing farms from failure when struck by disaster or sending pigs to culinary schools for research and awareness. Breeds on the farm will include conservancy listed species such as the Mulefoot (critical), Large Black (threatened) and Hereford (watch) and many others.

Brady Lowe, founder of the notable Cochon555 culinary tour known for championing family farming made a long-term commitment that Piggy Bank will be the charity recipient of the tour moving forward.

“The more pigs we gift each year and the more business plans we post online, the deeper the resources for new farmers. The model creates ‘business plan currency’ where farmers requesting free breed-stock will submit a business plan in exchange,” stated founder Brady Lowe. “There is an incredible value of creating a database of business plans written by family farms for family farms. It doesn’t exist anywhere, and best of all Piggy Bank is a model that can be duplicated for any endangered species,” Lowe added. “Every gifted pig has a purpose in the marketplace from developing an open-source culture to correcting our failing food system. The model can undoubtedly add value at all levels of the food chain while educating a global audience of farms, kitchens, culinary schools and more importantly, decisions-makers,” he concluded.

How to Support Piggy Bank:

You can begin to support Piggy Bank by visiting www.piggy-bank.org to learn more, donate, participate at events or engage with the foundation as a strategic partner.

  • Learn more: Piggy Bank’s physical farm will breed and raise heritage pigs. Piggy Bank contributions will be used to sustain the farm and gift pigs to family farms and culinary schools. Piggy Bank is a pure-breed sanctuary for existing farmers looking to protect the genetics and registered breeds in case of natural disaster. Piggy Bank will support emerging farmers with free breed-stock or help restock founding farms after disease or natural disaster.

  • Donate: Annual contributions of $1,000 will advance the mission of Open Source Agriculture. Piggy Bank membership includes: access to an online community of strategic partners including exclusive offers; a complimentary invitation for two people to attend the EPIC Founder's Meeting; and, engagement in the movement of providing a safer future of food. A portion is tax-deductible, which will pay for livestock facility, quarantine, feed and labor to raise the heritage pigs in a protected environment.

  • Participate: Next year, Cochon555, along with its partners, will host a series of culinary events in cities across the country ranging from private dinners, culinary tastings, pop-up butcher shops and even a Kickstarter campaign scheduled to launch with the tour on January 24, 2016.

  • Engage: Corporate entities interested in improving the state of the world’s family farms through harnessing content to drive positive change can learn more about becoming a strategic partner of Piggy Bank at www.piggy-bank.org.

Be inspired by what is possible and join the Piggy Bank conversation by following @PiggyBankOrg and @Cochon555 on Twitter. Sign up for the newsletter on the website to receive updates on the latest news and events around the country. For more information about Piggy Bank or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Kerith Dilley or visit www.piggy-bank.org.

About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015 by Brady Lowe, founder of the Cochon 555 US Tour / Taste Network LLC, Piggy Bank is focused on building a sanctuary for heritage breed pigs enabling responsible solutions for emerging farmers and social communities. Piggy Bank is made up of 275 founding donors who collectively believe in a movement, a vision and a set of values rooted in the socially-responsible farming. The sanctuary will change the future of food by uniting a community working together for safer, responsible farming practices and sharing of genetics. Piggy Bank is a project of The Giving Back Fund, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3).

About The Giving Back Fund
The Giving Back Fund, Inc. (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, our unique structure has allowed donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than tens of millions of dollars in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit www.givingback.org.

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Contact:
Kerith Dilley | The Giving Back Fund                     
310.649.5222 |  kdilley@givingback.org        
    
www.givingback.org

 

 

Welcome to Piggy Bank

The purpose of Piggy Bank is to inspire our food community to duplicate, mimic, flourish and thrive. We want to share our harvest, to build a world of open access, sharing and building. Over the course of the next five years, our goal is to build a farm, have 10 species of heritage breed pigs living side by side in great animal health. The team behind Piggy Bank faces the same threat of all independent farmers, disease. There is no easy way to breach the threat of disease, but let me say, it's not in the favor of small farms trying to raise pigs into safe food. 

We have a lot of work to do. 

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