We have thought long and hard about starting this crowdfunding campaign- as new and young farmers there are many hurdles to overcome to achieve success- securing land, tools, infrastructure, as well as the many hours of planning and labor. We feel extremely lucky to have been accepted to the Old Fort Incubator Farm program, allowing us to afford 1/4 acre of land in Hesperus CO. We are also lucky to have the support of family who are providing access to another 1/4 of their land just south of Durango. Morgan and I both work full time jobs, and plan to both work 2 days a week during the growing season in order to cover our costs of living. With all this support, we are still coming up short for the funds necessary to achieve what we're setting out to create.
We do not qualify for small business loans because of our lack of collateral, and hence are seeking alternative fundraising methods.
By supporting this fundraiser you are supporting us as new, young, farmers who are working to create a bright and sustainable future for our community.
Visit our website: www.longtabledurango.com
About Our Farm:
In the 2018 growing season Long Table farm will have a CSA for about 10 households, as well as bring produce to The Market at Three Springs (another endeavor of ours) every week, and supply produce wholesale to restaurants through the Old Fort market co-op.
At Long Table Farm we know that growing food greatly increases our overall quality of life, bringing us immense joy and satisfaction; our goal is to share this joy and quality with our community through farming. By connecting with food we connect with the land, our bodies, each other, and society- we farm to reconnect, to foster an awareness of, and passion for, where our food comes from and how it is grown; as well as to enjoy life’s ultimate pleasure- cooking and eating good food. The Long Table represents our core value that everyone has a seat at the table in access to healthy, fresh, high quality produce grown in their community by a farmer that they know. We strive to grow the highest quality produce for our community using environmentally sustainable techniques, and to foster farming and food as a space for connection and education.
Every donation counts! We are so grateful to be able to reach out to our community of friends and family to support us in achieving this long time dream of ours, THANK YOU!
Why We Are Fundraising:
Caterpillar Tunnel- $1,000
In order to extend the 100 day season of South West Colorado, season we will be building 2 40x15 foot hoop houses using rebar, PVC pipe and greenhouse plastic. We will be growing various varieties of peppers, melons, and tomatoes in these houses- a key part of our CSA and market sales.
Seeds - $500
We plan to grow 75 varieties of produce and flowers, mainly sourced from Johnny’s, High Mowing Seeds, and Baker’s Creek.
Hand Tools - $500
A broad fork is one of the most necessary tools we plan to invest in, as well as a hula hoe for weeding, a digging fork, and harvest knives.
Row cover/ hoops - $75
In order to protect our crops we will be using row cover, which also helps to extend the short season of our region.
4,000 ft roll Drip tape plus fittings (couplers, barb fittings)- $350
These are basic irrigation necessities.
Materials to build fence around south field- $300
To keep the critters out we plan to build a fence with t-posts and wire around the 40x 80 ft field in South Durango.
Mobile chicken coop building materials - $200
A key part of our business plan is to have pasture raised chickens. In order to do this we need to build a mobile coop so the chickens can be rotated around the land to graze.
Poultry netting kit- $450
A basic kit with electric netting, charger, and posts necessary to rotationally graze our chickens.
25 Chicks plus shipping- $100
The cost of our baby chicks!
CSA insulated bags/boxes - $250
Having these bags will allow us to deliver our CSA straight to members doors.
Packing materials for produce - $300
This includes rubber bands, twist ties, bags and labels.
1 yr chicken feed (36 chickens) - $1,000
- Steve Newby
- matthew sheehan
- Kristin Holcomb
- Janelle Sopko
- Garrett Sopko
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