Barn Raising to help more Misfits!

$6,708 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 118 people in 4 months

The J&J Stanley Foundation are going to match every dollar we raise here, up to $10,000, to help us build another much needed barn!!! All your donations here are tax deductible and Apifera will send you a receipt once your donation is sent to us.  Please understand too that the Foundation's $10,000 will not be submitted to the GoFund site, it will be deposited directly to Apifera, once we meet our funding goal.

All your donations are tax deductible [ EIN #82-2236486] .Also, if you prefer to send a check, that is fine. I can add your donation manually-either anonymously or with your name. Checks can be made to Apifera Farm Inc and mailed to 315 Waldoboro Rd, Bremen ME 04551.

Once your donation clears into our account, I will send you a receipt for your tax records.

Some history:

Apifera has been taking in elder/special needs creatures since 2004. In 2016, Apifera and all the animals relocated from Oregon to mid coast Maine - a six day journey with 33 creatures! Our new farm property came with one very sweet little barn. That summer, out of our own funds, we built barn number two. But we need more barn-to help more animals, and because our second barn gets filled up quickly when we add 12 tons of hay!

Once in Maine, Apifera Farm became a 501[c][3] in order to continue the work we've been doing since 2004: adopting elderly/special needs creatures. But we also aim to share our animals with elderly/special needs people. The little ambassador of love, Opie the goat, already makes regular therapy visits to elder facilities. Pino the donkey is our travelling healer and many of the other animals partake in farm visits. We also now have an Elder Cat Suite where we adopt in old cats out of the local shelter.

I also have been in communication with the Animal Welfare people of the State, including the state vet, and Apifera is now a place they can call to see if we can take in animals in need. The new barn will help with that becasue quarantine is very important when bringing in any creature-especially negelected animals.

Getting this incredible opportunity from J&J Stanley Foundation is ....a gift out of the heavens, and a validation of our years of work.  Please, let's not waste it. We need to raise $10,000-we can do this! What an opportunity for us as we grow Apifera to help more animals-but also help elders and special needs people who will benefit from animal visits and hands on encounters with these natural healers.

Details: The barn will be partially built by the same builder we used last year-he will put up framing, sliding doors and roof. We will put up the siding to save on money. The expected cost of the 24 x 24 barn is $25-$30,000 and we plan to build it in late spring. The barn will allow us to have additional elder goats and creatures, but also have a better quarantine and hospice area for incoming creatures; it will also take pressure off the second barn when the hay is brought in. The new barn will be connected to the other barn which will also have many benefits especially in winter.  You can see the barn we built last year below.

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Hi everyone! I wanted to tell you this week, through 2/17, every $10 you donate gets your name on a slip of paper in Pino's bucket. [So $20 means your name is added into his bucket 2x]. And the lucky person who has their name drawn by Pino will get to give a home to this 20" x 20" archival print, signed by me. [Retails for $195]

We are getting very close to having to put our down payment down for the barn. And when we hit $10,000 here that is being matched by the J&J Stanley Foundation. The barn will initially cost $20,000 but then Martyn and I will be putting up the walls and stalls for another $2-5,000.
Bird Greets Young Tree...could be yours
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We are inching closer, which is good! In late March sometime or there about I willed to put the down payment down on the barn [$6000]. The remaining $13,000 will be due at completion around July/August. At the same time we must maintain our working budget to feed/vet/care for all The Misfits. We added hay in January after the very cold December-this season's hay will be purchased in mid summer and usually is $2-3000. SO it's a challenge raising money for a large acquisition like a barn, but I appreciate all the people that have helped! This photo shows White Dog standing in front of where the new barn will go. It will be slightly smaller than that barn but will provide 4 more 12' areas and will also make the existing barn more adaptable to many uses [like keeping the goats out of the hay area, better wintering for equines, etc.] I am thinking of ways I can do some creative fundraising too.
White Dog stands near the new barn site
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One of the best things in life is when you are well stocked in hay. When we moved to Maine, it took time to find good hay sources and it was hard, but we now have two really great farms to get hay from, and delivered. Hay here is almost double what we paid on OR, and of course with the colder winters we had to relearn how much was needed. I bought 420 that could have maybe held us over till summer harvest, but with the severe cold I double outtake in the past two months. So I brought in another 150 bales to get us securely through until summer harvest. The new barn will take pressure of this existing 2nd barn where hay is, and I will be able to have better access and more room for...MISFITS!
Boone loves hay delivery day!
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We brought home three more needy goats on Thursday! These were from a long court case over a neglect case. There were over 100 critters taken in including goats. They have been in a foster farm since summer waiting for the court case to end. Two are elderly, one is crippled and one is a hermaphrodite which is a new one for me! The most farm was able to get some good weight on them and they are now up to date on shots and rabies. It would be great to have the third barn but we made things work and they are very nice goats. One has the name Else and she is living with Sir Tripod Goat, our crippled elder in the front barn. I brought the other two out today to live near the sheep-they seemed very attracted tot he sheep calls this morning-and I found out that they had lived with sheep. We just love them.
Birdie meets one of the new goats
Sir Tripod in the front, with Else
One likes to air her tongue
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