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FarmRaiser, LLC

FarmRaiser is reinventing product fundraising by connecting schools and causes with farmers and food artisans to source locally grown and made healthy products.

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location Washington, DC, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2014
  • Employees 4
  • Incorporation Type LLC
  • Website

Company Summary

FarmRaiser is a two-sided marketplace and fundraising platform that connects farmers & food entrepreneurs with schools/groups that want to raise money by selling healthy, local products. Suppliers create ‘Etsy-type’ markets, allowing campaign organizers to select products and launch a custom e-commerce fundraising site in minutes. Students advocate for healthy eating while selling through web markets and face-to-face with gamified mobile apps.


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    Founder & CEO

    Mark W. Abbott, PhD shares a passion for farms, food and community service with his wife and two school-aged kids. As a founding team member of AmeriCorps and a past chief-of-staff at the Corporation for National and Community Service, Mark has a deep understanding of the country’s service and volunteer infrastructure. mark is an experienced grantmaking executive, and an entrepreneur with start-up experience in the nonprofit and private sectors.

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    CRO and Co-Founder

    Shariff brings FarmRaiser 25 years of executive software development and marketing experience to the team. He has helped brand, launch and drive success in a worldwide portfolio of companies. With a deep understanding of how financial performance is driven by smart software / web development, Shariff leads our development team, our data analytics and back office systems and oversees all revenue generating areas of the FarmRaiser model.

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    Director, Marketing and Partnerships

    Japhet traces his affinity for local food to his childhood on a multi-crop goat farm in rural Oregon. He has started several businesses including a restaurant, hotel, real estate and renewable energy ventures. He joined Slow Money to try to foster sustainability at the nexus of food, farms, people and finance. Japhet holds a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

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    Chief Cultivator

    Lauren comes to FarmRaiser with a background in experiential education, curriculum and program design, and community engagement. A teach For America alumna, she has a Masters in gender research from University of Florida. As a campaign cultivator with FarmRaiser, she will be working with local communities and causes to support FarmRaiser campaigns, and make the world a healthier, tastier place.


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    Jim Epstein
    Advisor, Investor and Strategic Partner
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    Ray Graochowski
    Executive Advisor
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    Michael Robbins