Help Us From Losing Our Family Farm
$7,026 of $250,000 goal
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.
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.
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!!!
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.