The Lincoln County Entrepreneurship Incubator will be meeting on February 22, Saturday at 1:05 pm in the basement of the Toledo Library. We will be exploring forming the Chicken Sanctuary© and other ideas into a “Benefit Company” for local food production and food security. The Chicken Sanctuary and all the product ideas need to be refined and developed before they can be formed into a “Benefit Company”. That is the purpose of the Incubator.
On January 2nd, Oregon joined 18 other states that allows a corporation to register as a “Benefit Company.” (B-Corp) This designation protects corporations from being faced with legal challenges from shareholders who demand that they maximize profits and to encourage companies to include social and environmental benefits as part of their bottom line. Benefit Company is a Corporation with a heart.
The most obvious way to attain freedom from the industrial food scene is to produce your food yourself. Our EarthBarrels© project can address the growing of vegetables, but what about animal products? Cows, sheep, and goats are too big and cumbersome for most yards, while chickens are small, relatively quiet, willing to eat just about anything, and they can produce a steady stream of eggs. So – here’s a quick look at backyard chickens with an emphasis on egg laying – the Chicken Sanctuary.
The Chicken Sanctuary is a movable chicken coop. In addition to being able to enjoy the chickens’ antics (and eggs), it allows you to take advantage of a chicken’s natural behaviors to benefit your garden and yard. Your chickens would have daily access to all the bugs, wild seeds, grass, forage and their waste is an effective fertilizer.
There are no fees to join the Incubator. There are no products, services or courses sold at the Incubator. In the Incubator you are not lectured on how to do it; at the Incubator you will be doing it.
So if You Want to:
Produce local food
Help your community
Care for the environment, or
Create a successful business
You don’t need a business idea or business plan to attend – just the desire to be your own boss, a willingness to learn, and an interest in local food production.
Start your own B-Corp? Why Not!
Don’t have enough money? Someone else does.
Don’t have enough knowledge? Someone else does.
Don’t have enough time? Someone else does.
The Incubator can help you find those “someone else’s” who want to support companies with a heart.
Incubator Mentors: Carl & Coralee Palmer
Art of Sustainable Living of Siletz
See you Saturday, February 22, 1:05pm, at the Toledo Public Library, in the downstairs Community Meeting Room.