Help preserve the farm!
Have you ever placed a dollar bill in a jar to help someone in need? Or maybe you rounded up your grocery bill at checkout, to an even number, knowing a family might receive a turkey or ham and all the fixins for a holiday dinner, just because you cared.
FarmMade FarmSavers sole purpose is to SAVE FARMS and GROW NEW ONES. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) there are an estimated 570 million farms around the world, of which 90% are considered family farms. The future of global food security rests in the hands of these hard-working farm heroes and the people who support them. They dedicate their lives, against all odds, to bring us healthy food and fibers for our every day needs. It is a family affair and one they take quite seriously…while having a lot of fun, of course!
But, in order for farmers to do their job, it is imperative that the fabric of rural life and our heritage stay intact. Farms are in constant need of repair and innovation to keep up with our ever-growing demands. The good news is that we can help and make a difference in many important ways. Vote for legislation that aids and protects farmers. If you shop at a Farmers Market…GREAT! If you signed up for a CSA this year…AWESOME! Because farmers are notoriously independent, strong and full of pride, it is hard for them to ask for help. This is a fact. Our “donation farm jar” is a page dedicated to highlighting their stories and requests for assistance. Give a dollar or one hundred. We hope you take notice and know that the smallest acts of kindness make a difference and can be a pretty big deal to a farmer.
Help The Drunken Duck Farm
The Drunken Duck Farm is a small female-owned and operated fiber & feather farm with a sense of humor. The farm focuses on education, sustainability, and a zero-waste philosophy.
The farm is in the process of purchasing not only the land and farmhouse that it currently rents, but the entire farmlands owned by the current landlord. Unfortunately the bank is requiring a much larger percentage down than was originally quoted, so all the extra money saved and previous fundraising is going towards the deposit and closing costs. This leaves no savings for current vet bills, new fencing, and much needed improvements to the farm.
The immediate priority is purchasing the property, and securing the health and safety of the animals on the farm. However, afterwards the focus will be converting the 1,800+ Sq Ft. barn into a makers studio and workshop space. This maker studio will give craftsman a place to gather to quilt, sew, spin as well as take workshops on brewing, soap making, flower arranging, fire arts and even pottery. Space will also be used to assist in 4H workshops, classes and other farm educational activities for school-age children in the Germantown/Farmersville/Southeast Dayton Area.
3 Irish Jewels Farm
Sometimes lost amidst questions about what causes autism and why its prevalence has increased, is this: What happens when all of those children become adults? We have a vision for helping play just a small part in answering this question.
3 Irish Jewels Farm will be an assisted, sustainable farm living program, along with day programs, in the Triangle area for adults with autism. It will also provide track-out & summer programs for children with autism. We will be getting the community involved in huge ways, such as providing volunteer opportunities, educational workshops and internships with the surrounding universities.
There are about 10 other of these working farms in other parts of the country. They all have these factors in common: A rural setting, quiet/peaceful environment, near small towns. They are focused on autism, with well-trained staff and supervision, and a structured teaching approach. They offer on-site vocational opportunities, recreation/leisure activities, horticulture and animals. They offer community integration and support. Most importantly, though, each program is totally full, with virtually no turnover and very long wait lists for admissions. What does this mean? That overall, these programs are highly successful models for individuals with autism, and we need many more of them.
Launching New Leaf Farm
It is time; we are finally doing it; we are starting a farm in Maple Ridge!
After years of carefully collecting knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture, we have developed a detailed business plan for a small, organic farm. This plan has been given an “A+” by a successful market gardener and mentor. We are serious about making this a success 🙂
We are ready to make this dream a reality!
While we intend to apply for all potential funding that we are eligible for, we have many start up costs that we could really use help with.
For those who are able to offer support financially, donations will be considered as credit toward a future harvest box.
The same goes for those who would like to help on the farm. The more the merrier!
I will post updates along the way. Thank you for the love and support.