Jack Gilbert from Gringo Jack’s, Katherine Elmer from Burlington Herb Clinic, Kate McCabe (and her children, her best brand ambassadors) from Vermont Evaporator Company. Courtesy photo

Staff report 

Charlotte crowdfunding portal Milk Money has announced three equity campaigns this year. Milk Money launched last year with the mission to bolster the local economy.

Milk Money encourages local investors to learn more about Vermont companies Burlington Herb Clinic, Gringo Jack’s and Vermont Evaporator Company at MilkMoneyVT.com.

These first three equity campaigns allow Vermonters to invest in their neighbors. By supporting local business, investors help to create new jobs, circulate wealth and build a stronger community that fosters new relationships between businesses and community members, Milk Money co-founder Louisa Schibli said.

Burlington Herb Clinic is a new herbalist-owned cooperative which focuses on health and wellness. “Our clinic provides one-on-one educational services and health coaching to clients in a private and professional setting, centered on the use of herbs, nutrition and movement to encourage optimal health,” said Kate Elmer Westdijk, co-founder. “We provide accurate and insightful information on both traditional and modern evidence-based approaches to health and wellness.”

Gringo Jack’s of Manchester and Sunderland, Vermont, is a manufacturer of chips, salsa, craft beer and barbecue sauces. Its sales have grown from $5,000 at Gringo Jack’s Bar and Grill to $500,000 in 2015 with regional distribution.

And Vermont Evaporator Company of Montpelier manufactures small, home-scale sap evaporation units for the backyard sugaring enthusiasts. This family-owned business has developed the Sapling, an affordable, wood-fired barrel evaporator made from a retrofitted 55-gallon drum and a baffled stainless steel evaporating tray. It doubles as a wood-fired grill in the off-season.

For more information visit MilkMoneyVT.com.