Veterans Urban Farm Needs Your Help!

I'm Farmer Nancy. I'm a service-disabled combat veteran, Wife, and Mother of 4. A continuous struggle with PTSD has led me on a journey of healing. From creating backyard gardens to establishing my own small scale Farm in Austin, Texas.

In May 2017 I began bootstrapping Dobbin-Kauv Garden Farm. I grow produce using organic practices to sustain urban areas. As a Veteran, becoming a Farmer provides me the opportunity to continue public service to my local community. I've created an environment and lifestyle that brings value to my neighbors.

I am a land steward. I revitalize our city spaces through soil conservation and food production. We can't eat the grass and vacant lots can't all be Starbucks or row houses, so I figured I should pick a lot and, “Put A Farm On It!”

The funding from this ask will cover 1st quarter 2020 land lease and insurance payments. Summer 2019 water costs of nearly $2500. Repairs and upgrading of our irrigation system.

(Update: As of Jan 3, 2020 We've been able to arrange payments with the City of Austin to stop any termination. Update: As of Feb 25, 2020. We've cleared our utility bill. The total remaining balance of $1700 has been paid!)

Funds will also support field labor, farm transportation, Farm branding: audio and visual equipment for content creation, installation of infrastructure: sheltered office space, security safety, shelving and lights for greenhouse production, a wash and pack area for food safety and sanitation, building materials for tables and drying racks, vegetable cooling tubs, cool storage, temperature control panels, field tools, poly-tunnels, small farm equipment, PPE, compost, soil amendments, AND most importantly SEED!

(Update: 4-27-2020 *Covid-19 Farm Impact - By the end of March 2020 the City of Austin along with major cities across the globe went on some form of mandatory or recommended quarantine due to the Coronavirus. Due to the increased concern for local public health my family made the decision to suspend produce delivery. As an essential public service - small farms, and the demand for local produce, increased dramatically; however, as a seasonal operation our farm was caught between spring rotation and our final winter harvest. We made our regular deliveries, took in $200 in new customer farm to door orders, and donated the remainder of our harvest to those in need. We then turned our focus to our children. Educating children about a national pandemic that closes their schools, takes them away from their favorite teachers, and friends was difficult. Explaining proper social distancing and enforcing hand washing routines was a challenge. Letting them know that we would all work together to survive an illness that could potentially kill them was nerve-wrecking. Covid-19 completely brought our farming operation to a swift halt y’all! Our 4 children range from ages 4-12. And making them feel as if they are the greatest even during such trying times is our goal.

**Texas State Governor, Greg Abbott, has mandated a plan to re-open the Texas State Economy beginning with Phase 1. Lifting restrictions on retail, restaurants, libraries, parks, and other areas where crowds gather, proposing no more than 25% capacity, on April 30th, 2020. Moving forward at the farm maintaining proper health, sanitation, and safety will be a priority. We plan to plant our Fall Crop in August. The financial cost of quarantine and mental stress has completely exhausted me personally, and taken a toll of my family. Taking a break will allow time to heal from such a wild start to Spring!)

Your help today means we can continue to scale the farm with proper resources. You offer a sense of relief for our families finances from bootstrapping this amazing neighborhood project and small business journey to the other side of tragic times. I will continue to serve you as a food system educator, food access avenger, and agricultural socialite. Sharing my journey, bringing people together, cultivating the soil and feeding y'all from Dobbin-Kauv Garden Farm.

Vets Seeking Farm Bill Action  https://www.youngfarmers.org/2018/09/bonus-episode-vets-need-farm-bill-action
Amazon WishList https://www.linktr.ee/NancyFarmFancy/
Always Remember: Family.Food.At.The.Table

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $53 
    • 4 hrs
  • Lane Hicks 
    • $500 
    • 7 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $40 
    • 16 hrs
  • Gareth Pollard 
    • $100 
    • 20 hrs
  • Colleen McCarthy 
    • $10 
    • 21 hrs
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Organizer

Tiffany Washington 
Organizer
Austin, TX
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