Help Lauren get to Ireland!
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Hey folks!

So as many of you know, I'll be traveling to Ireland to be volunteering on organic farms for 3 1/2 months this summer. I already have my plane tickets, however I may need a little help with the finances for supplies and travel costs. I don't normally like to ask for donations, but trust me, keep reading and you will find that there may be something in this for you too...

But first, a little about why I'm going.

Currently I work full time as a pantry chef at Peche, a local restaurant which strives to create quality food from mostly local and organic ingredients. Our menu changes daily based on what we have in stock, seasonal changes, and cost efficiency.

My goal on this trip is to discover more about food and environmental sustainability, and how we can create a community which may one day pride itself on making good food and food education more accessible to the masses. I believe that if we want global social change, we have to start locally. Changing the way we think about food is one of the most basic and important aspects of such. I believe that these principles could be the catalyst for change in many other social and political realms, and that it is our responsibility to work with the environment and resources that we have here and now. I dream of a world where one hamburger doesn't consist of meat from over 1,000 different tortured and corn fed cows, or produce that is not chemically ripened and shipped over 5,000 miles. If that makes me an idealist, I'll I take it as a compliment.

During this trip I will be traveling all around the country, learning about organic gardening, honey cultivation, wine making, and livestock maintenance, just to name a few things. I will also be spending some time working in one of the first organic kitchens in Ireland. Here I will be polishing up on my cooking skills, and learning about food in it's truest form... from the ground up. Despite how corny as that may sound, it's true (and I wonder how many food puns I can fit into this synopsis...).

Anyway, coming down from my soap box, here's the most important part: You. I understand the importance of reciprocity, and I would like to offer you this:

-A donation of $5 or more will get you a fancy postcard
-$25 or more will get you a t-shirt
-$50 or more will get you a recipe book, from the recipes I acquire in Ireland
-$75 (per person) or more I will cook you a meal of your choice (i.e., breakfast, lunch or dinner) with food from a local farmers market upon my return (restricted to central Texas residents)
-And if you're feeling really generous, $100 (per person) will get you: a cooking lesson with tips on how to make your food last the longest (easily and efficiently, to avoid letting it go to waste, also restricted to central Texas residents).
-I am flexible and open to discussion if you have other preferences of how you would like to redeem your return gift (ex: if you would like me to cook dinner for a group of people, or your family, give you or a group multiple cooking lessons, or something of the like).

The more you donate, the more I will give back. So if you donate $50, you will get a recipe book, a t-shirt, and a postcard, etc, unless you specify otherwise.

Though I will also be getting another part time job to supplement, sometimes we get by with a little help from our friends. Anything helps. Thanks for reading.


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