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(Indiegogo)   Subby's friend has bred an amazing hog, winning Cochon 555 and featured in NYT and on Colbert. He needs some help to expand his herd. Difficulty: Less than 24 hours to go in the campaign. Powerup: Bacon to kill and die for   (indiegogo.com) divider line 12
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2013-05-05 08:16:17 AM
We already have amazing hogs.
 
2013-05-05 10:06:22 AM
Sounds like he's got a good idea & a good plan with the usual stumbling block, money.  You'd think that one or more of the celebrity chefs who are raving about the taste of the meat could pony up some money for a guaranteed supply.  It won't get done in 17 hours (the time left) but if your friend hasn't thought of that it may be an avenue to explore going forward.
 
2013-05-05 10:23:38 AM

Recoil Therapy: Sounds like he's got a good idea & a good plan with the usual stumbling block, money.  You'd think that one or more of the celebrity chefs who are raving about the taste of the meat could pony up some money for a guaranteed supply.  It won't get done in 17 hours (the time left) but if your friend hasn't thought of that it may be an avenue to explore going forward.


I'm wondering if he's just hoping he can use Kickstarter to raise the money because every celebrity chef he's talked to has offered to rip him off.
 
2013-05-05 10:43:35 AM
Inventing Better Tasting Pork

Unpossible.
 
2013-05-05 12:33:20 PM
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2013-05-05 01:10:24 PM
Wow...can't afford that bacon...I'll stick with the thick-cut Safeway brand in the 3-lb package for $12.  It's some bomb-ass bacon, and I won't go broke buying it.

Good luck to your friend though.  Seemed like a real character on Colbert.
 
2013-05-05 06:49:26 PM
Nine hours and $70,000 to go makes it look unlikely.  Then again, the "what's in it for me?" quotient was pretty low.  You had to give $500 before you actually got any of this amazing pork.  I don't really want to name a piglet that's going to be pork roast for $50.  I don't really want a year's worth of recipes when I can't get this amazing pork to use in them.

Should have included one pound of bacon at the $50 level.
 
2013-05-05 07:46:27 PM

Buzzerguy: Nine hours and $70,000 to go makes it look unlikely.  Then again, the "what's in it for me?" quotient was pretty low.  You had to give $500 before you actually got any of this amazing pork.  I don't really want to name a piglet that's going to be pork roast for $50.  I don't really want a year's worth of recipes when I can't get this amazing pork to use in them.

Should have included 3 pounds of bacon at the $50 level.


FTFY...
 
2013-05-06 01:19:12 AM

SubBass49: Buzzerguy: Nine hours and $70,000 to go makes it look unlikely.  Then again, the "what's in it for me?" quotient was pretty low.  You had to give $500 before you actually got any of this amazing pork.  I don't really want to name a piglet that's going to be pork roast for $50.  I don't really want a year's worth of recipes when I can't get this amazing pork to use in them.

Should have included 3 pounds of bacon at the $50 level.

FTFY...


I thought the same thing.  Should have included some pork samplers as the rewards.  Pork chops, loins, ribs, etc.  And screw the bacon; you can make just about any kind of bacon taste good with the right curing process.  I want to taste some chops or some ribs from this supposedly delicious breed of animal.
 
2013-05-06 06:13:55 AM
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2013-05-06 11:55:46 AM
I hope this works out. If I had the option to donate $25 and get a pork chop out of the deal I would have been down. Anything that means less factory farming is alright with me
 
2013-05-06 10:16:47 PM
Thanks all for looking. Had a chance to drive up and see Carl yesterday and spend a few hours catching up. Didn't get to see the farm itself due to the 7+ inches of rain we've had since Thursday but got to see other projects he's working on to expand what he can offer other than incredible pork.

ginandbacon: We already have amazing hogs.


Yes we do. I'm all for heritage breeds and breeding developments but this one is arguably better and is being raised in a different way, both technologically advanced and sustainable. Sounds like you're saying we already have Woodford Reserve, no need for Blanton's.

rumpelstiltskin: I'm wondering if he's just hoping he can use Kickstarter to raise the money because every celebrity chef he's talked to has offered to rip him off.


I wouldn't say they want to rip him off, but every interested investor wants to buy majority control. There's a long backstory behind his reasoning, but Carl does not want to relinquish control of his work to this point. Plus he doesn't want to cater to celebrity chefs; he wants to sell to regular people If that means slower growth and alternative funding, so be it. IndieGoGo was part of that.

Rickj:  Should have included some pork samplers as the rewards.  Pork chops, loins, ribs, etc.


Problem is that there is no Swabian available right now from his farm. None. I got to sample a few other heritage breeds at his soon-to-open cafe but absolutely no Swabian. A hog in the next slaughter was set aside for the IGG donors, but there's no shortage of potential purchasers.

Good news is that the IGG wasn't a make-or-break situation. He's found investors to renovate the town's old opera house into a restaurant/event center and has leased the old poor farm to parlay his media exposure into summer events from redneck to almost-formal, not to mention charcuterie classes and tasting sessions inside. And while all that is cool, the money will go to improving the farm and growing the herd.
 
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