The Happy Pig

by markboyle in Newquay

We did it
On 11th March 2014 we successfully raised £10,980 with 223 supporters in 42 days

We aim to raise funding to transform an old pig barn into a free community event space, called The Happy Pig, at our Permaculture and gift economy demonstration project. Here we will run free courses, provide free accommodation, and have a bar where we will serve food grown from our no-dig & forest gardens, along with home-brew (making it will also be a free course!). Music, dance, storytelling and poetry will also be on the menu, along with key speakers on ecological, social, community and spiritual-based topics. All for free.

by markboyle in Newquay

The Happy Pig

As you know, our first crowdfunding campaign to create a free community space -- where people could stay, eat, play, share and dance, entirely for free, on a permaculture-based land project -- was hugely successful, thanks to the generosity of many people like you. Not only did your kindness help us create a project which we believe will serve people and planet for many years, such life-affirming action also reminded us why we do it -- and that's invaluable.

What you may not yet know is that we spent last summer creating the exterior (and the internal walls) of the building -- using materials and techniques such as cob, wattle & daub and cordwood -- and that the project is now about two-thirds of the way to completion. We ran three free natural building courses, through which lots of wonderful people became friends. And all for 11% of the cost of a conventional build this size.

However, as is notorious with all building projects, it ran over budget (despite dedicating 6 months of our own time entirely for free) considerably due to unforeseen costs, and we still have the interiors to finish this Spring. Floors, heating systems, bunk beds - that sort of thing. In order to achieve this, we need the help of those who love this project as much as us - people like you. 

If you would like to support it again yourself, there are a whole range of new rewards which you can choose from -- courses in moneyless living, wild painting, acrobalance & writing; long weekends with friends here at our permaculture smallholding (staying in The Happy Pig), yoga retreats & invites to launch parties; even personalised books, home-brews named after loved ones and native trees planted in your honour. 

If you know anyone -- a person, an organisation, a fund -- who may want to support this project also, then by all means take a moment to share it with them in person or on social media - this could really make all the difference!

Here is the link to our second, and final, crowdfunding campaign:

I'll leave you with a picture of some of the people who got involved with one of our free natural building courses in the first stage of the build - we hope to see many of you here in the future!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A public thank you on the social media of your choice.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

The right to name one of our home-brew drinks (after yourself, dog or partner!), and a native tree planted on our Permaculture demonstration site.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

A signed copy of The Moneyless Manifesto and an online discussion about the ideas in the book

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A tour of An Teach Saor and a native tree planted on our Permaculture demonstration site.

£75 or more

1 of 8 claimed

£75 Reward

A one day scything course with Paul Kingsnorth, inc. lunch and cake at An Teach Saor. See project description for full details. Date tbc.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A signed copy of both The Moneyless Man and The Moneyless Manifesto, a tour of An Teach Saor and a native tree planted.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

An invite to an organic feast at The Happy Pig (Galway, Ireland).

£175 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£175 Reward

A one day Wild food coastal foraging course (inc. lacto-fermentation) with the UK's foremost Wild food expert Fergus the Forager (in Kent, UK). Date tbc. See project description for more info.

£200 or more

6 of 12 claimed

£200 Reward

A one day Wild food foraging course (in Galway, Ireland), inc. lacto-fermentation, with the UK's foremost Wild food expert Fergus the Forager. PLUS Two nights camping at An Teach Saor. Date tbc.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A weekend of Permaculture and Gift economics at An Teach Saor (Galway, Ireland) with Mark Boyle (The Moneyless Man) and others, inc. the official launch party of The Happy Pig! Date tbc.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Three of the courses/weekends above (with Fergus the Forager, Paul Kingsnorth and Mark Boyle), along with signed copies of the books and a native tree planted!

£225 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£225 Reward

A beautiful work of art, of your choice, by Tipperary-based artist and sculptor Damien McCarron (See project description for more info)

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