My goal is to start a micro farm to provide healthy, organic produce to my community using sustainable practices, and help meet my family's goals.
I am a 5th grade teacher. My wife is an army veteran who served in Afghanistan 5 years ago and is currently a homemaker. We currently have a 1 year old son, but we dream of having as many children as God will bless us with. Starting a micro farm will help us achieve that goal.
Our home has less than 600 square feet of living space, so we desire to add on to have room for more children. We are working on paying off our debt and want to avoid taking on more debt, (we are currently following Dave Ramsey's debt snowball plan). I already tutor part time and preach part time at a small congregation in southern Indiana. We live well within our means. We don't want a McMansion, just two bedrooms (1 for boys and 1 for girls). The income from the micro farm will go towards this goal.
We are blessed with a couple of acres to farm using intensive, sustainable practice, a la Elliot Coleman, Curtis Stone, and Jean Martin-Fortier. I have 5 years experience growing a large family garden, plus a year of helping with a farmer at the market, and I will use what I've learned to scale up to a market garden/mini farm.
The $5000 I hope to raise will go to seed and equipment such as a walk in cooler, a washing station, greens drying screen, harvest bins, landscape fabric, farmer's market supplies (tables, canopy, display) and a few other tools.
Your support will not only help my family, you will also be helping to provide clean, organic food to dozens or even hundreds of other families in my community. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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