Transforming food waste into superfood

by octopusalchemy in Brighton

We did it
On 13th December 2015 we successfully raised £4,328 with 124 supporters in 28 days

Help us transform food waste into superfood for sale and to radicalise communities around health and nutrition whilst we're at it!

by octopusalchemy in Brighton

New stretch target

I am completely overwhelmed at the generosity of the community that has put the fund at this level!

Any further investment will allow me to pay for nuts & bolts stuff for Octopus Alchemy - such as renewing our insurance.

But also, some extra will allow me to fund a bit of development work in researching and applying for different grants and funding that will allow us to make our workshops more sustainable and accessible to all of those that want to take part.

 

 


 

Octopus Alchemy is a social venture in Brighton & Hove that works with people to help redefine their relationship with their own health and that of their families and communities.

We work through nutrition, bodywork / massage, yoga and activism to empower people in life changes that foster vibrant health, better connection and meaning.

We have been providing workshops for over a year now on fermentation and food politics, in Brighton and beyond - creativley re-connecting people with their food and encouraging a sense of empowerment and confidence around their health and wellbeing.

We want to grow our work and also launch a project to repuporse some of the city's food waste to a product for sale.

You can watch a video about our workshops here.

You can read about the value of our work from people that have attended our workshops here and here.

 

Our crowdfunding objectives in brief:

Octopus Alchemy are fundraising to meet a number of objectives:

1. To furnish our current workshops with new equipment to:

  • Improve participant's overall experience and familiarity with traditional ways of preparing and preserving foods.
  • Improve our ability to repurpose the city's food waste to a sellable product via fermentation and to a good and consistent standard.

2. To create a new online portal in order to:

  • Establish a unique identity for our venture.
  • Provide better online resources for our growing community.
  • Help us to engage a wider audience.
  • Raise our online profile and help us impact on food cultures and politics beyond the remit of Brighton.

 

Our crowdfunding objectives in context:

Thus far Octopus Alchemy have been providing workshops using the bare minimum of equipment that has been funded on an ad hoc basis or borrowed from other projects. 

We are currently working in conjunction with two other food projects in the city - The Real Junk Food Project & Silo. Together we hope to intercept food that is intended as food waste and via our workshops turn it into 'superfood' via fermentation, which can then be sold as a way of generating income for our individual projects.

This will mean participants of our workshops being active members in the process or turning 'food waste into superfood for sale'. The project will help us sustain three unique and exciting food projects in Brighton and to have a positive impact on the city's culture of food waste, whilst simultaneously engaging and teaching members of the local community new knowledges and skills around nutrition and food.

New equipment will play a vital role in the success of this project; allowing us to provide better workshop experiences and to help us produce a consistent product to a high standard for sale.

The second part of our funding bid is to enhance our online presence as a portal for awareness raising / education and updates via a new website with its own unique image and identity. 

 

Equipment desired with anticipated costings:

 

Fermentation Crocks (£600)

These ceramic fermentation vessels are vital to a traditional way of preparing and fermenting vegetables. They will allow us to ferment large quantities whilst economizing on space and to produce a consistent product through effective anaerobic fermentation. We hope to support a local ceramacist through a commission for these vessels, rather than importing them.  

 

Kraut pounders x 10 (£60)

These hardy wooden tools are used to pulverize vegetables, such as cabbage in a sauerkraut process, to break down cellular walls effectively and release much needed nutrients and liquid for the fermentation process to occur. Having these tools will allow us to ensure a good quality sauerkraut and to ensure that fewer hands touch the produce we are making.

 

Mandolins x 7 (£200)

These old style wooden mandolins are a great way of preparing vegetables like cabbage for fermentation. In sauerkraut for example, they produce what is called a ‘thread cut’ which makes for a perfect batch of sauerkraut, with all the veg in a ferment developing consistently. They’re also a lot of fun to use and will add to our workshop experiences.

 

Large Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls x 10 (£150)

These robust mixing bowls ensure that we do not create needless food waste by loosing produce over the side. Their durability also means that we do not have to replace them with inferior, plastic bowls when they become overly scratched, damaged and difficult to clean.

 

Knives x 10 (£150)

Having a good set of sharp, professional knives will make the process of preparing vegetables much easier and efficient.

 

Peelers x 10 (£30)

Good quality peelers will make for quick preparation of vegetables and help us save time in workshops and in production of ferments for sale.

 

Chopping Boards x 5 (£100)

Good quality, hard wooden chopping boards will help us provide a durable and attractive surface for the prep of our vegetables.

 

Trolley x 1 (£250)

Juggling all of this equipment is not an option :) - a trolley will help us cart equipment from place to place.

 

Portable projector x 1 (£120)

A decent, compact projector will allow me to ensure that I have visual aids for learning at all of my workshops - rather than relying on the unpredictable equipment of others.

 

Total equipment costs: £1660

 

 

Website & Branding Design:

 

A clear and attractive brand and associated website will help further our reach in terms of awareness raising and education.

 

Branding design:

 

20HRS work @ £30PH

 

Newsletter / posters and handout design:

 

12HRS work @ £30PH

 

Website design & Development:

 

35HRS work @ £30PH

 

Promotional materials:

Pull down screens: £150

 

Total design work: £2160

 

TOTAL CROWDFUNDING DRIVE: £3820.

 

 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

A thanks from @octopusalchemy on twitter! Provide us with your twitter handle.

£5 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£5 Reward

Every little bit helps the project go on weaving a new culture around food and health. I really appreciate your interest and contribution X Provide your twitter handle in the comment section and we'll give you a public thanks too!

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward

A massive thanks from me for being inspired enough to contribute to the project! Plus! Thanks to The Malrborough Theatre, Brighton - two tickets to 'Camp as Christmas' on Saturday 5th December @ 8PM. See the event description below: 'Award winning artist and Peter Kay lookalike Scottee has rounded up some of the UK’s most mediocre talent for a night almost worth the ticket price. Camp (as Christmas) is a special festive edition of his now infamous, sell out variety knees up! A mixed bill of camp clichés, limp wrists and naff catch phrases smashed together some cheap tinsel, fizzy wine and lots of good old fashioned light entertainment.'

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£10 Reward

Today's advent calendar selection! A big thankyou from me for helping ferment this project into being! Plus! A super sensual bar of raw chocolate from Temple Chocolate, Brighton. Plus! A stunning free raw-food lunch at Eat Naked in East Street Arcade, Brighton.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thankyou from me for being so inspired to contribute to this project! Provide your twitter handle and we'll give you a public thanks too! Plus! The option of a free coffee at Small Batch in Brighton!

£10 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£10 Reward

A massive thankyou from me for being inspired enough to contribute to this project. Plus! A free breakfast and drink at the 'Egg & Spoon' - a new hub of fresh and innovative eating in the heart of Kemptown. http://eggandspoon.net/

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

Today's advent calendar selection! Bargain! Plus! A bar of raw chocolate from Temple Chocolate, Brighton. Plus! Two tickets to the Tiger Lillies show 'Lulu, A Murder Ballad' on Monday 30th, 8PM at the Dome.

£15 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

A big thankyou from me for taking part in our crowdfunding campaign. Plus! A lovely gift-box, donated from Numan at the Bodyshop, of their 'Strawberry Festive Picks' - A hamper of Strawberry Shower Gel, Strawberry Body Butter, Strawberry Body Polish, Strawberry Soap and a Red Mini Bath Lily.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward

A big thankyou from me for taking part in our crowdfunding campaign. Plus! A lovely gift-box, donated from Numan at the Bodyshop, of their 'Shea Festive Picks' - A hamper of Shea Shower Cream, Shea Body Butter, She Body Scrub, She soap and a Cream Mini Bath Lily.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20 Reward

Today's advent calendar bargain! A big thanks from me for taking part! Plus! A bar of raw chocolate from the seductive line at Temple Chocolate, Brighton. Plus! To honour your pledge, Big Cat Bodywork aka Tom Cowan would like to tutor you 1-2-1 in the Vajrasati style of yoga. Prepare to be blissed out in the most heartfelt and gentle way.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

Today's advent calendar bargain! A massive thankyou from me for being so inspired to take part in the project. Plus! A wonderful little book filled with the inspired portraiture of Susanne Du Toit - who won the BP portrait award in 2013. Plus! A bar of super-sensual raw chocolate from Brighton's Temple Chocolate. You can check out Susanne's website here: http://www.susannedutoit.com/index.aspx

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

Awesome! Just awesome. And for supporting me, you get a new edition of the book by Sethi Simran 'Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love'.

£20 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£20 Reward

A heartfelt thanks for taking part! Plus! A special gift voucher which entitles one person of your choosing to attend one of our monthly workshops 'An Archaic Revival of Food' at Silo. A great Christmas gift :) You can find out more about our workshops here: http://tinyurl.com/pj4ebdj

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

A big thanks from me for being so inspired to contribute to the project! Plus! A copy of Sandor Katz's 'Wild Fermentation' donated by Sandor himself and Chelsea Green Publishers. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/109800.Wild_Fermentation

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward

A massive thankyou from me for being so inspired to help our with the project! Plus! A free 'karma card' which gives you a discounted rate on all treatments and classes at 'About Balance' in Brighton. Plus! A free Hatha yoga class with either Effie or Hannah at About Balance.

£25 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£25 Reward

A massive thank you from me for being inspired to help out with the project. Plus! £20 worth of Infinity Foods Vouchers.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A massive thankyou from me for helping us ferment this project into being! Plus! Bend Fit Mend, Brighton have donated one of their Aroma30 bespoke bodywork sessions as an incentive to the campaign. Get treated to a blissful massage session with specifically chosen oils used at the points you need working most.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A massive thank you from me for being inspired to help out with the project! Otherwise, an invitation to our little celebration post-crowdfunder, with a lunch of nourishing fayre with some lovely fermented accompaniments and drinks - and a chance to make some fermented treats to take home in a tutorial with Darren using some of the new equipment purchased. Plus! Provide your twitter handle in the comments section and we'll give you a public thanks online too. If you don’t live in Brighton, we’ll make sure that your meal goes to someone in need.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

This is very exciting! A copy of the hot-off-the-press, stunning new book by Amanda Feifer called 'Ferment Your Vegetables'. This inspirational little number is going to make your own practice go off with a bang. Get all the deets about content and style via Amanda's blog 'Phickle': http://phickle.com/ferment-your-vegetables-is-here-get-your-book-signed/

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A big thanks from me for helping get this project off the ground! Plus! Wild Nutrition have donated some of their bespoke Food-Grown ® Supplements to the crowdfunder: General Living - Food-Grown® Magnesium. General Living - Food-Grown® B Complex Plus. General Living - Food-Grown® Immune Support. There's some seriously interesting philosophy behind these supplements folks - treat your body to some supported nourishment this winter and help us out whilst you're at it. £25 for the whole bundle. Bargain. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/transform-food-waste-into-superfood

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A heartfelt thanks for taking part! Plus! An exquisite bangle of brass or copper made by local jewellery maker HummingbirdHawkmoth. Mesmerize with this lovely little gift-box for a loved one this Christmas. Check out Nicole's work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/hummingbirdhawkmoth

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

Today's advent calender selection! A massive thankyou from me for contributing to the project! Plus! A bar of raw chocolate from the super sensual line of Temple Chocolate, Brighton. Plus! A 30 minute session of bioresonance testing with the lovely Sarah from 'Pure People'. Bioresonance testing is a highly advanced technology, which could be described as having a conversation with the body at a cellular level using frequency as a language. Sarah has agreed to let you choose from three areas which you would like a little more information on, including: nutritional imbalances (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fats) food sensitivities & environmental allergies (over 320 in total) hormones emotional imbalances viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungus’, friendly bacteria (micro flora) toxicity & heavy metals electromagnetic sensitivity organ health homeopathic remedy indications This is a really great introduction to bioresonance folks, which helps you gain a good insight into what's going on in the body on a number of levels. You can read more here: http://www.pure-people.co.uk/about-biofeedback.html

£35 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£35 Reward

Thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou for being so awesome! Plus! A gift voucher for a Thai-Massage session with me for a loved one this Christmas. You can view the vouchers via the Octopus Alchemy blog here: https://octopusworkshops.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/let-us-tempt-you-to-our-kraut-funder-check-out-our-wares/ You can read about Octopus Alchemy bodywork here if you need more inspiration: https://octopusworkshops.wordpress.com/octopus-alchemy-bodywork/

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward

A massive thanks from me for being so inspired to contribute to the project! Plus! A copy of Sandor Katz's 'The Art of Fermentation' donated by Sandor & Chelsea Green Publishers. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=-zmLa205d0QC&redir_esc=y

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward

A heartfelt thanks for taking part! Plus! A signed copy of the incredibly beautiful and innovative 'Fermented Vegetables' by the 'Fermentistas' L & C Shockey. Check out the book and their site here: http://www.fermentista.us/

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward

A big thankyou from me for contributing to the project! Plus! A beechwood muddler and cabbage slicer (aka 'kraut-pounder' and a mandolin) to kit you out for your own adventures in fermentation, in your own kitchen! Donated by the lovely 'Barra Organics' in Sheffield.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

A heartfelt thanks from me for being inspired to contribute to this project. Plus! A £50 voucher to spend on food / drinks at the home of authentic Indian nosh; the glorious Curry Leaf Cafe on Ship Street in Brighton.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A massive thank you from me for being inspired to help out with the project! Otherwise, an invitation to our little celebration post-crowdfunder, with a lunch of nourishing fayre with some lovely fermented accompaniments and drinks - and a chance to make some fermented treats to take home in a tutorial with Darren using some of the new equipment purchased. Plus! A small hamper of fermented goods delivered to your door, created at one of our workshops with the very equipment you helped to buy! If you don’t live in Brighton, we’ll make sure that your meal goes to someone in need. If you live outside of the UK, we'll make sure your meal goes to someone who needs it and donate your fermented goods to the Fairshare project, where they'll be redistributed to bellies in need.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

A big big big thanks for taking part and also some excitement that you're going to get to own this stunning piece of work: One of my personal favourite incentives on offer at the moment is this gorgeous compilation by Christian De Sousa - 'Postcards from Babylon'. A high-octane trip through the worlds most intense urban environments via the medium of story telling, autobiography and photo-documentary. This a signed copy and it will be VERY VERY hard to let it go. This isn't just a gift for Christmas, it's a whole worldview. Check out details about the work here:

£60 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£60 Reward

Thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou for being so awesome! Plus! A gift voucher for 2 Thai-Massage sessions with me for a loved one this Christmas. You can view the vouchers via the Octopus Alchemy blog here: https://octopusworkshops.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/let-us-tempt-you-to-our-kraut-funder-check-out-our-wares/ You can read about Octopus Alchemy bodywork here if you need more inspiration: https://octopusworkshops.wordpress.com/octopus-alchemy-bodywork/

£85 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£85 Reward

A personal thank you from me for being inspired to help out with the project. Otherwise, an invitation to our little celebration post-crowdfunder, with a lunch of nourishing fayre with some lovely fermented accompaniments and drinks - and a chance to make some fermented treats to take home in a tutorial with Darren using some of the new equipment purchased. Plus! A slap up lunch for two with drinks at Silo, Brighton. If you don't live in Brighton, we'll make sure your free meal goes to someone in need. If it's tricky for you to get to Silo, we'll raffle the free meal and donate the takings to the Real Junk Food Project, Brighton.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£100 Reward

Thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou for being so awesome! Plus! A gift voucher for 4 Thai-Massage sessions with me for a loved one this Christmas. You can view the vouchers via the Octopus Alchemy blog here: https://octopusworkshops.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/let-us-tempt-you-to-our-kraut-funder-check-out-our-wares/ You can read about Octopus Alchemy bodywork here if you need more inspiration: https://octopusworkshops.wordpress.com/octopus-alchemy-bodywork/

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A personal thank you from me for being inspired to help out with the project. Otherwise, an invitation to our little celebration post-crowdfunder, with a lunch of nourishing fayre with some lovely fermented accompaniments and drinks - and a chance to make some fermented treats to take home in a tutorial with Darren using some of the new equipment purchased. Plus! A small hamper of fermented goods either collected from us (if you live in Brighton) or delivered to your door (if you live in the UK), created at one of our workshops with the very equipment you helped to buy! Plus! One ticket to one of our more in depth workshops on fermentation and other ancestral or archaic skills of food preparation to be redeemed at your convenience in Brighton or at other locations in the UK to be announced next year. If you don't live in Brighton, we'll give your free meal to someone in need and post your fermented goodies to you when they're ready. If it might be tricky to get to one of our workshops, we'll put up a free place for someone with limited financial means to attend. If you live outside of the UK - we'll gift the meal to someone who needs it and give the fermented goodies to the fareshare project to distribute to bellies in need + gift a free place on our workshop to someone with limited financial means.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

A personal thankyou from me for being inspired to help out with the project. Otherwise, an invitation to our little celebration post-crowdfunder, with a lunch of nourishing fayre with some lovely fermented accompaniment’s and drinks - and a chance to make some fermented treats to take home in a tutorial with Darren using some of the new equipment purchased. Plus! A small hamper of fermented goods either collected from us (if you live in Brighton) or delivered to your door (if you live in the UK), created at one of our workshops with the very equipment you helped to buy! Plus! Four tickets for you and a group of friends to attend one of our more in depth workshops on fermentation and other ancestral or archaic skills of food preparation to be redeemed at your convenience in Brighton or at other locations in the UK to be announced next year. If you don't live in Brighton, we'll give your free meals to someone in need and post your fermented goodies to you when they're ready. If it might be tricky to get to one of our workshops, we'll put up four free places for people with limited financial means to attend. If you live outside of the UK - we'll gift the meal to someone who needs it and give the fermented goodies to the fareshare project to distribute to bellies in need + gift four free places on our workshop to someone with limited financial means.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

A personal thankyou from me for being inspired to help out with the project. Otherwise, an invitation to our little celebration post-crowdfunder, with a lunch of nourishing fayre with some lovely fermented accompaniment’s and drinks - and a chance to make some fermented treats to take home in a tutorial with Darren using some of the new equipment purchased. Plus! A small hamper of fermented goods either collected from us (if you live in Brighton) or delivered to your door (if you live in the UK), created at one of our workshops with the very equipment you helped to buy! Plus! The offer of having either a personal workshop / tutorial on fermentation and other ancestral / archaic skills around food prep or a workshop run in your community by Darren on an 'Archaic Revival of Food'. Plus! Your name or name of your business embellished onto one of our fermentation crocks, which will be on show to the public at Silo for all to see. Not to mention, a dedication to you or your business on our newly designed website. If you don't live in Brighton but do live in the UK, we'll give your free meal to someone in need and post your fermented goodies to you when they're ready. If it turns out to be tricky to arrange for a personal appearance from Darren, we'll organise a workshop together in a community of need clearly sponsored by you. If you live outside of the UK - we'll gift the meal to someone who needs it and give the fermented goodies to the fareshare project to distribute to bellies in need + gift a free place on our workshop to someone with limited financial means. If it turns out to be tricky to arrange for a personal appearance from Darren, we'll organise a workshop together in a community of need clearly sponsored by you.


Got an idea like this?

Our crowd has raised over £70 million for bright ideas and good causes.