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Help Our Farm & Save Our Backs

$500 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 58 months
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Hello family, friends, & supporters,

We are posting this because we need your help. Read on to see how you can help.


We have been working hard over the past few months here on SweetWater to develop a sustainable farm. Our hope is to create a place that family and friends will want to visit and be part of as the farm grows. We have accomplished a lot so far by reusing, recycling, and searching for free or low cost options to build items such as a greenhouse, chicken coops, goat pens, and rebuilding hay equipment. We love finding ways to accomplishing our goals that require a little "do it yourself" and "thinking outside the box" methods, but sometimes we realize we could use some help.


After finishing our first hay cutting we realized we need your help. We opted to only bale a small section of the property in order to test the used equipment that Nate had fixed and rebuilt. In the end,the two of us collected and unloaded over 500 bales of hay by hand in about two days. Normally, we would bale all the fields; which would give around a total of 2000 small square bales (approx 50-60lbs each). That is a lot of lifting for two people!!!


How can you help? Nate and I have researched options and found one of the cheaper, but effective hay helpers known as a bale basket. This basket is attached to the back of the baler and the hay drops directly into the basket. No need to lift and load it from the fields by hand. Ideally, we would like to buy two so that we could switch them out as we are baling. This would allow one of us to continue baling; while the other unloaded the full basket. Brand new, one bale basket would cost about $4000 including transport costs. So our goal is for two bale baskets would be $8000.


Of course we would be grateful to acquire one (new or used), but since haying is very weather dependent the faster we can bale and load the more likely we are to get quality hay. In order to grow this farm and continue our goal of sustainable living is largely dependent on funds received from hay sales. We want to use the money from the hay to put back into this beautiful farm. Your donations will help support that goal and also save our backs & shoulders. Plus, you will save us a few hay rashes at that too! Thanks for your support & no matter the donation amount you can give, we appreciate it. Visit


Always Nate, Lily & Our Critter Crew
www.oursweetwaterfarm.com


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Thanks to all of you we have been able to purchase a Hay Stack Liner for $2000.00. Your support helped cut the costs and we ended up with a better piece of equipment than our original plan! Nate & I are so grateful for all your love and support. Now we are can focus on our next goal of adding Solar Power to the farm. Please visit, our new GoFundMe page http://www.gofundme.com/6v4a0g to find out more.

Thanks a million!
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$500 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 58 months
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Created September 28, 2013
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Vicki Kardos
56 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

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58 months ago
$100
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58 months ago
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Louis fowler
58 months ago

Nate and Lily and of course all the critters!!! It aint much but maybe it`ll start the engine of giving! :-) Always liked you Nate! and Lilly, as pretty as you are I see why Nate is by your side :-) God Bless you in your journey !!!

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