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November 20th, 2011 By Anne Mitchell | Food & Drink |

Dean Family Farm Needs Support

Local Heritage Breed Farmers, the Dean family, growing their business

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Dean Family Farms is seeking financing to keep growing their business. If you've been to locavore events like the Farm Fair in Covington, you've met Beth and Bill Dean. If not, there's a great story here.

The Deans' heritage Red Wattle Pigs, beloved by chefs like Todd Kelly of the Palm Court and Julie Francis at Nectar, are an endangered breed, and at this point, their farm is also endangered by lack of finances. Bill has a Kickstarter project going to help them raise money to match a federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program grant to improve their barns.

Pledge levels start at $1, and there are good incentives at some of the higher dollar levels. Save the family farm - it's like Willie Nelson's FarmAid concert except without the Willie! To lean more and to pledge, visit Kickstarter.

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