Help Us From Losing Our Family Farm

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We are a small 4th generation family farm in Rowan County, NC. Tomorrow we have to go to court to be ordered to hand our farm over to the bank. We have had such trying times since we sunk money into updating our farm buildings and equipment. The milk price we receive is controlled by the mega food giants and we have no say so in what it is anytime. Our pay price shrunk and we had to declare bankruptcy and we are behind in our payments .
    We have been in the process of starting a cheese operation and milk bottling on our farm. We do not have any cash flow so this is tough going. We have our cheese equipment due to a grant we qualified for, they paid half and we paid the rest. We still need our pasturization equipment for the bottling. We are at a standstill due
to financial constraints. The bank is calling our loan tomorrow. We have no way out.
This farm has been in our family for going on 5 generations. Our goal is to keep the farm fluid for our kids to continue farming. We love this old place. It is our home and livelihood. It is home to our dairy cows, chickens, turkeys, and our future. It is a beautiful and peaceful place that was obtained by the sweat of our family's brow. My father was a child when he started milking cows to keep from picking cotton. He had a couple cows and a bull. He carried the milk to the highway in buckets and left it for Carnation Milk to pick it up. Everyday. His father helped get more cows and that is when the dairy was started. My mother and father milked in our parlor together for as long as they were able. They worked their fingers to the bone making sure they were good stewards of the land they owned. They worked very hard to keep the farm going and it breaks our heart knowing we have failed them and ourselves. We do not want to lose our farm. There are very few small family farms left in this country.  The small farmer has no way to compete with the big boys so they go out of business. If you look around you will see all these empty dairy parlors and barns. There used to be so many and now there are so few. Many people are just a generation or two away from a farming background. No better place to raise a family.
    We ask for your help to keep our farm from being made into a housing development. Please help us to continue farming the land and keeping family farms growing.
We are desperate and not very proud of having to ask for help this way. We see no light at the end of the tunnel without your help. God has blessed us with this farm and we pray that you will consider helping us.
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We are totally overwhelmed and so very grateful for all of you giving to our farm. We are so touched by the kind words and prayers and encouragement you offered us. We are not out of the woods yet. We have been given a 90 day reprieve to pay off the loan and at this point there is no possible way but there is God's way. When we put up the GoFundMe page we thought the bank would work with us if we were able to give them a large payment and give us more time. But the bank refuses to accept anything but the full amount in 90 days. We have been blessed to be working with Zach Wyatt, the Executive Director and Founder of Carolina Farm Trust, to help raise money for a pasteurizer but because our situation now is dire they have decided to raise the money to pay off the note with our bank and purchase the land and then lease it back to us to continue to farm and to offer a place farmers and aspiring farmers can come for assistance. This will be done through fundraisers and donations that are tax deductible since they are a 501c3 nonprofit. No amount donated is too small. Donations should go through their website www.carolinafarmtrust.org. We need to raise the full funds by December 1st to give us time to deal with the bank. There are no words to express how we feel about the support we received even from people we do not know. Its a very humbling experience. Its also nice to see there are still people that want farmland to be kept farmland. Thank you and God bless you all.
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Nathan Shores
30 months ago
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CCH Class Sept 24. Minimum of $50 donation (to be paid at time of class) will go directly to support the Parker Family. The class will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, NC. We will be shooting on the Parker's Farm in Mt Ulla. Please come and join us. It'll provide an opportunity to see and meet an amazing family.

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Cynthia Shoe Martinez
30 months ago
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Once you raise the money and stabilize . Start a milk delivery service . They have them out here in Massachusetts and it's awesome

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Kelsey Parker
30 months ago
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Thank you everyone for all the support! Keep this going! The Parker family is so greatfull for this! Love you guys!

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Kristi Leonard Christenbury
30 months ago
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Give me a call! Let's take a bunch of cows to the fair and show them and all winnings can stay at your farm! I would love to help out!

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Samantha Hobart Larry Blackstock
30 months ago
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I live right up the road. As I don't have the means to beable to donate I would hate to see this farm gone!! Thanks to all those helping the Parker's out! They are a great bunch of people to know!!! Love seeing communities come together. I am here if u need anything!!!

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Elaine Alexander
30 months ago

We cannot afford to lose anymore family farms. Local media needs to do a story about this. A cherished way of life is vanishing while greedy corporations fill their coffers. The entire community of Rowan County needs to get behind preserving this treasure in their midst. I am sure people would rather see a beautiful family farm where nature flourishes than to see this lovely land razed for another non-descript housing development.

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Mark Kaminski
30 months ago
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good luck

DT
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Donna Todd
30 months ago

Praying for you and your family.

CF

Wishing you all the best. Rick and his family are good people doing their best to sustain themselves in this big AG world.

$25
Molly Bronson
30 months ago

Praying that this works out in y'alls favor!

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Anonymous
30 months ago
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Anonymous
30 months ago
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CW
$100
Christopher Whitworth
30 months ago
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Let's keep it going! Great people, great farm!

Nathan Shores
30 months ago
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CCH Class Sept 24. Minimum of $50 donation (to be paid at time of class) will go directly to support the Parker Family. The class will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, NC. We will be shooting on the Parker's Farm in Mt Ulla. Please come and join us. It'll provide an opportunity to see and meet an amazing family.

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Cynthia Shoe Martinez
30 months ago
2
2

Once you raise the money and stabilize . Start a milk delivery service . They have them out here in Massachusetts and it's awesome

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Kelsey Parker
30 months ago
2
2

Thank you everyone for all the support! Keep this going! The Parker family is so greatfull for this! Love you guys!

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Kristi Leonard Christenbury
30 months ago
1
1

Give me a call! Let's take a bunch of cows to the fair and show them and all winnings can stay at your farm! I would love to help out!

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Samantha Hobart Larry Blackstock
30 months ago
1
1

I live right up the road. As I don't have the means to beable to donate I would hate to see this farm gone!! Thanks to all those helping the Parker's out! They are a great bunch of people to know!!! Love seeing communities come together. I am here if u need anything!!!

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Elaine Alexander
30 months ago

We cannot afford to lose anymore family farms. Local media needs to do a story about this. A cherished way of life is vanishing while greedy corporations fill their coffers. The entire community of Rowan County needs to get behind preserving this treasure in their midst. I am sure people would rather see a beautiful family farm where nature flourishes than to see this lovely land razed for another non-descript housing development.

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