Ben and April Broughton

is creating Technomage Homestead

8

patrons

$251

per month
Ben spoke the words 'technomage homestead' while we were trying to describe just what it is we are looking at doing out here at the edge of Lake Ontario with a gaggle of chickens, a gang of ducklings, gardens, alpaca, and a lot of DIY/Tech knowledge and know-how. It stuck.

I am a librarian and adjunct instructor at a rural community college with a love of gardening and growing my own foods and herbs, animal husbandry, and hearth work such as spinning and soap and salve making. Ben is an artisan and tinkerer, a man with a wood shop, a 3D printer, piles of electronic components, and the inclination to build solar panels and automate as much as possible in crafty and canny ways.

We want nothing more than to make this little farm of ours as sustainable as possible, all while exploring and tinkering and playing and learning along the way. To do so, we need someone on the farm full time. As it is right now, I spend a rather long work days at the college, while Ben works as a stage hand. Stage hand busy season is the same as farm busy season, which keeps us scrambling when we need to be working steadily. Ideally, we would want Ben to be on the farm full time, keeping us from falling behind and allowing this place to really bloom. And that is the point of this project. We want to share all of our lessons and adventures, provide tutorials and physical products of our labor on the farm, in return for the support that will allow us to pull ahead instead of just keeping our heads above water. We can't make this beautiful and unique place all it could be without support, and we are incredibly grateful for the support we get. Thank you.
Tiers
Friend of the Farm
$1 or more per month

Support at this level provides access to patreon-only farm updates and photos.

Tutorials and photos
$5 or more per month

Support at this level results in access to the videos Ben takes of his experiments, projects, and misadventures. Learn from our successes as well as our failures. Or at least laugh appreciatively as we share things that might not have gone as we planned as well as our glorious achievements.

Also receive regular Patreon-only farm updates and photos.

Support a Chicken
$10 or more per month

Chickens, we have learned, really enjoy treats. We want the chickens to have all the treats they desire. It makes for some rather spectacular eggs. While we cannot easily mail eggs, we can mail thank you cards, and send regular updates, likely with far too many photos.

We will send a very chicken-centric physical thank you card for your first month's support, and every month after we will update you digitally with photos and ridiculous antics.

 

Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

Support An Alpaca
$15 or more per month

There are four alpaca on the homestead. Alpaca really like carrots. Help keep them in carrots and all the grain they could beg for.


We will send a very alpaca-centric physical thank you card for your first month's support, and every month after we will update you digitally with photos and antics.


 

Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

 

Name a Chicken
$20 or more per month only 18 left

Would you like to name a chicken? We will be the first to admit we are terribly lax in naming our feathered compatriots out here on the homestead, trending towards lazy designations as opposed to proper honorifics. Things like GreyBird, OtherRed, Bucket...


Support at this level gives you the opportunity to name one of our hens. Names will be formally announced with a photo of the hen who has been newly titled, and name plaques will be hung on the coop.


We will also send a very chicken-centric physical thank you card for your first month's support, and every month after we will update you digitally with photos and ridiculous antics.


  

Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

 

Support the Workbench
$100 or more per month only 9 left

Ben is always tinkering and creating things. Supporters at this level will receive one item from the technomage work bench each month. This could be 3D printed, made of wood...just about anything, really. It will be a finished artifact and could very likely be related to whatever project he is currently working on, messing with, fighting with...

Supporters at this level will also have their names written in a permanent fashion on the walls of the workshop itself.


Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

Goals
$251 of $800 per month
At $800/mo, Ben can cut his freelance work off the homestead in half, leaving more time for all of our plans and projects. This will lead to more video and build content from the Homestead Technomage.
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Ben spoke the words 'technomage homestead' while we were trying to describe just what it is we are looking at doing out here at the edge of Lake Ontario with a gaggle of chickens, a gang of ducklings, gardens, alpaca, and a lot of DIY/Tech knowledge and know-how. It stuck.

I am a librarian and adjunct instructor at a rural community college with a love of gardening and growing my own foods and herbs, animal husbandry, and hearth work such as spinning and soap and salve making. Ben is an artisan and tinkerer, a man with a wood shop, a 3D printer, piles of electronic components, and the inclination to build solar panels and automate as much as possible in crafty and canny ways.

We want nothing more than to make this little farm of ours as sustainable as possible, all while exploring and tinkering and playing and learning along the way. To do so, we need someone on the farm full time. As it is right now, I spend a rather long work days at the college, while Ben works as a stage hand. Stage hand busy season is the same as farm busy season, which keeps us scrambling when we need to be working steadily. Ideally, we would want Ben to be on the farm full time, keeping us from falling behind and allowing this place to really bloom. And that is the point of this project. We want to share all of our lessons and adventures, provide tutorials and physical products of our labor on the farm, in return for the support that will allow us to pull ahead instead of just keeping our heads above water. We can't make this beautiful and unique place all it could be without support, and we are incredibly grateful for the support we get. Thank you.

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Tiers
Friend of the Farm
$1 or more per month

Support at this level provides access to patreon-only farm updates and photos.

Tutorials and photos
$5 or more per month

Support at this level results in access to the videos Ben takes of his experiments, projects, and misadventures. Learn from our successes as well as our failures. Or at least laugh appreciatively as we share things that might not have gone as we planned as well as our glorious achievements.

Also receive regular Patreon-only farm updates and photos.

Support a Chicken
$10 or more per month

Chickens, we have learned, really enjoy treats. We want the chickens to have all the treats they desire. It makes for some rather spectacular eggs. While we cannot easily mail eggs, we can mail thank you cards, and send regular updates, likely with far too many photos.

We will send a very chicken-centric physical thank you card for your first month's support, and every month after we will update you digitally with photos and ridiculous antics.

 

Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

Support An Alpaca
$15 or more per month

There are four alpaca on the homestead. Alpaca really like carrots. Help keep them in carrots and all the grain they could beg for.


We will send a very alpaca-centric physical thank you card for your first month's support, and every month after we will update you digitally with photos and antics.


 

Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

 

Name a Chicken
$20 or more per month only 18 left

Would you like to name a chicken? We will be the first to admit we are terribly lax in naming our feathered compatriots out here on the homestead, trending towards lazy designations as opposed to proper honorifics. Things like GreyBird, OtherRed, Bucket...


Support at this level gives you the opportunity to name one of our hens. Names will be formally announced with a photo of the hen who has been newly titled, and name plaques will be hung on the coop.


We will also send a very chicken-centric physical thank you card for your first month's support, and every month after we will update you digitally with photos and ridiculous antics.


  

Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.

 

Support the Workbench
$100 or more per month only 9 left

Ben is always tinkering and creating things. Supporters at this level will receive one item from the technomage work bench each month. This could be 3D printed, made of wood...just about anything, really. It will be a finished artifact and could very likely be related to whatever project he is currently working on, messing with, fighting with...

Supporters at this level will also have their names written in a permanent fashion on the walls of the workshop itself.


Also gain access to patreon-only updates, videos, and photos.