A benefit of launching a product on Kickstarter is that it’s opened up some doors for meeting influencers in the world of fermentation, dry curing meats, home cheesemaking, and homebrewing. If I step back and think about it, I’m kind of in awe about the number of fermentation “celebrities” who have responded to my emails, requests, or simply found us on Kickstarter. But then again, we’re all just people (well-known or not), passionate about a particular thing, and excited about the fact that someone out there in this small world has a similar interest.
Just about everyone who has heard of our Kickstarter campaign has been incredibly supportive. It’s been wonderful to hear comments from supporters who have said that the Cave is exactly what they’ve been waiting for. Or from fans who have told us about all the channels they’ve used to share our campaign. Seriously, you guys are the best. You’ve made us feel like this is a grass-roots campaign.
In these last few weeks, James and I have had the opportunity to talk with some great people. Some of those conversations have been recorded, in the form of a podcast. We’ve shared those podcasts already on our social media channels (by the way, check us out!), but would be remiss if we didn’t share them here as well.
I’ll share them chronologically, and if you are so inclined, please come take a listen.
Mountain Woman Radio
We got to talk with Tammy first, and even though we talked over the phone, it really felt like we were sitting on the back porch together and just having a conversation. We had a great time talking about all things fermented and homesteading. You can get to know us a little more and hear about the things we are passionate about by listening here. We felt like we could have kept talking to Tammy for another hour or two, it was that much fun.
Next we talked with Melissa of Pioneering Today. She really wanted to know about dry curing meats, so we walked her through the basic steps for curing a whole muscle. She had a lot of questions (ones you might have as well), so if you’re interested in dry curing, you should definitely check out this podcast! Melissa also did an excellent job of summarizing our conversation in text, putting together a list of resources you might need, and making it all-around-easier for you to get started preserving your meats the traditional way.
Know Your Food
Finally, I got to talk with Wardee from the Know Your Food Podcast. In case you don’t know her, she is just about the Queen of Fermentation. She’s the author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods and she promotes traditional foods and fermentation through her Traditional Cooking School. You can listen to my conversation with her here. It was an honor to talk with her.
What’s next with the Cave?
We have just a day left with our Kickstarter campaign and it doesn’t look like we’re going to reach our goal. That doesn’t mean that we’re giving up on the Cave, but rather that we’re going to take some time to assess what went right, what went wrong, and what we can learn from the market. We’ve met some great people who truly believe in us and in the Cave, and we want to do right by them by considering all our options right now.
If you want to be in on this decision and find out what we plan to do next with the Cave, please consider adding yourself to our email list. Or feel free to leave us a comment or two and let us know what you think about our podcasts, the Cave, or our Kickstarter campaign. Thanks!