When we set off on this journey of building our own farm from scratch, we knew that it was going to be a huge undertaking, but we were unprepared for the blessing of including our family and friends in the process.
We never really planned to take on such a challenge, but as we started to dream, little pieces fell into place: A flexible seller, willing to owner-finance the land to get us started, as we were unable to qualify for a loan. Family helping with down payments. Helpful contractors who allowed us to pay (basically) penny by penny. Finally qualifying for a building loan, and then the literal blood and sweat of family members, helping us complete fencing, water, and electric on the farm.
The tears have been mostly ours - some out of frustration, but most due to the overwhelming support that has been shows to us through this build.
The result maybe hasn't been "the" dream barn, but certainly the fulfillment of a HUGE dream for both of us. We hope that in years to come, we can add a bigger barn and some little houses....but, baby steps.
As we start to round the corner to a mostly-usable barn, we wanted to find a way to include more of you in this dream of ours, and decided to do that through this virtual barn warming!!
We hope that at some point, we can have a huge party to celebrate the accomplishment of this first phase, and invite you all. In the mean time, we would LOVE your help with outfitting our new barn with some of the necessities!
We pondered an Amazon wish list, but thought this might be an easier way to invite you in. We have compiled a wish list (below), with amounts and approximate prices. It is not exhaustive, but includes many items to help make the house a home...for our horses.
If you would like to help our dreams come true by sponsoring any of the items below, please note which in the message box!
Stainless steel automatic waterers for stalls (5) $35/ea
Flexzilla hoses 25ft (3) $30/ea
Flexzilla hoses 50ft (2) $40/ea
Flexzilla lead in hose 3ft (7) $12/ea
Sprayer boom for wash stalls (2) $110/ea
Hose quick connector pack of 6 (2) $15/ea
Shade sails for outdoor wash racks (2) $45/ea
Lumber for outdoor wash racks (2) approx $200/ea
Mats for grooming areas and wash racks (4 areas) $300/ea
Washer/Dryer - any amount helps!
Stall fans (4) $150/ea
Lots and lots of hooks - any amount helps!
Folding zero gravity chairs (2) $70/ea
A playset for the 2 y/o - any amount helps!
Camper decks - any amount helps!
Trunks for extra storage (2) $100/ea
Gorilla cart for toting feed to fields $150
3 tier saddle racks (2) $70
And finally: walls! We have an amazing roof, but we'd really love some walls on our barn. We are currently saving for these, but if you'd like to contribute to the walls of our barn, they will be $2,500-3,000 (not including doors).
- Kate Hegge
- Cheryl White
- Jenifer Sealy
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