With 12 days remaining in a Kickstarter campaign that started in January to raise funds for a meat curing house on Love Lane, Keith Luce is still in need of over 75 percent of his goal, though wrote recently that he remains confident in reaching it.
to purchase the equipment and space necessary to offer, "True farm to table artisan products with a focus on cured meats from humanely raised animals being raised on my family farm."
The fundraising effort is all or nothing: if Luce's goal is not met, no donations are made and the effort is not funded at all.
Being his first effort on Kickstarter.com – a website that offers fundraising opportunities for new ventures – Luce said he was unsure what to expect, and having raised just over $11,000 so far, wrote on Wednesday that while it is not ideal, he hopes to still pull through.
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"Less than one quarter of the goal is not an ideal place to be with so little time remaining, but I remain confident that this will get done! If you are looking at this project for the first time, understand that this isn't just about producing cured meats.
"This project is about preserving a way of life, as well as diversifying an artisan food scene that has taken hold on the "last frontier" of Long Island. I truly believe that the more like-minded people that congregate and set up shop on the North Fork, the better the chance its agricultural heritage and open space will be preserved for generations to come."
Luce has his eyes on the Love Lane Market space, which has remained closed since the fall. Owner Mike Avella told Patch in December that he planned to reopen as soon as possible.