Crowdfunding campaigns: An essential oil distillery in Asheville; a Hendo brewery w/ a twist


A quick look at a couple of interesting crowdfunding campaigns:

-Blue Ridge Aromatics: From Blue Ridge Aromatics IndieGoGo page, where it is seeking $5,000.

Blue Ridge Aromatics is a craft essential oil distillery in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina. This business has been in development since 2010 and we’re ready to hit the ground running!

Our pilot grow space is a formerly vacant 6,000 square foot greenhouse on 4 acres in a fertile valley about 15 minutes north of downtown Asheville; home to over 170 businesses that practice aromatherapy and 7+ schools of natural healing.

Our greenhouse is certified-organic with an innovative vertical hydroponic growing system. This design multiplies the grow space and represents a harvest potential of up to 2,000 lbs of plants per month. The rotating harvest is then steam-distilled in a custom-built stainless steel distillation unit using ancient techniques.

Our initial production capacity is up to 10 liters of essential oil (the equivalent of 650 15ml bottles) per month. At this volume, Blue Ridge Aromatics will hire more employees and expand our cultivation outdoors in 2016 (outdoor planting opens up new species/product possibilities that are not well-suited for hydroponics).

-Sanctuary Brewing: From Sanctuary’s GoFundMe page, where it is seeking $10,000.

Sanctuary Brewing is a nano brewery and tap room committed to enriching the lives of humans through our excellent craft beer, and animals by working with advocates to promote by their well-being. We are starting this business as an extension of ourselves, beer enthusiasts and animal lovers with a strong sense of community and environmental responsibility.

Sanctuary will be more than a purveyor of great-tasting craft beer. It will also serve as an active community resource that helps feed the local economy and Hendersonville community as a whole by sourcing from local, organic products whenever possible.

We plan to open in July of 2015 and will be located in the heart of Hendersonville, at 147 First Avenue East. Our space is over 4,000 square feet, which allows for a brewery, tap room, and event space.

Please donate and help us reach our dream today (accounting, legal and web design donations are also greatly appreciated)!