My name is Carol Flaig and I am asking for help to buy hay for my dairy cows. You see, my husband and I have a 100% grass-based Organic dairy Farm. The cows are grass-fed and cannot eat anything else such as corn. The realization that we are not going to harvest enough hay to get through the winter because the spring and summer has been too wet is now sinking in. We have never ever been this short of hay.
Finding the hay to buy is much easier than finding the extra money it will take to pay for it. We really need your help to buy the feed for our cows and their babies. If you can find it in your hearts to help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Farming, taking care of the animals, the land and his family, is what Carl, has always wanted to do since he was 7 years old. It is his passion and love. I have watched him work through migraines, colds, flu and broken bones. He is strong, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, too. He can give everything he has, sleep for a few hours, then wake up and do it all over again. Sadly, this is a situation that working harder will not fix.
(My family - Santa is Carl, my son Holden, daughter Emily and grandson Jameson.)
The farm is much more than a home for my family and animals. It provides pasture land of short grasses that is so attractive to many species. It maintains the delicate balance of plant, insect, bird and other animals. Our farm is a haven for the threatened and endangered animals that live here. The Greater Prairie Chickens, Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, Bald Eagles, dung beetles and more.
We practice preservation of wetlands and restoration of the grasslands. A farm that believes in doing no harm to the earth, water and animals under our care. We care for the land using holistic practices that maintain the health of the plants and animals, build soil and clean water.
A farm that is brave enough to break away from the typical factory farm system.
Small farms continue to disappear. Less people are able to experience the birds and wildlife. We began sharing and encouraging others to visit our farm by offering Prairie Chicken viewing in the spring. We have met so many extraordinary people that we otherwise would not have known.
We are putting the finishing touches on a food trailer, so we can have a Pizza Night. This will allow many others the experience of the sight and sounds of a farm.
Your donation will help us buy the extra hay we must have to feed our cows. We want to continue to share our life, love and experiences of farming with others. Please give today because I want to be able to greet you at our up-coming Pizza Night on the Farm, and not become part of the 94% (https://www.agupdate.com/agriview/markets/dairy/supply-management-focuses-on-smaller-dairies/article_a64456d4-8361-5135-9296-bab6c721c7ae.html