Dear Friends and Family,
I have never made a Go Fund Me page before, but this organization is so deserving, that I felt an overwhelming urge to help! Background:
My close friends, Amanda and John Boener, own a small farm just west of Plymouth, IN. For as long as I have known them, they have always loved opening their farm to folks and hosting community events. They have hosted yoga classes, women’s circles, farm-school days for children, moon celebrations, wild edible hikes, art classes, and community harvest celebrations, plus so much more. These events take a huge amount of time and planning! Amanda and John work incredibly hard to provide these enriching experiences for our area! “Creating Community” is always on their minds and they are doing the extra work to provide those experiences for community members on top of everything else that goes with running a farm and raising small children.
In the last year, Amanda has opened a formal “Wild School” for children to attend on her farm. If you aren’t familiar with the term “Wild School”, she does a great job explaining it on her website: www.lunahillfarm.com
. In short, it is linked with fostering a child’s education through exploration and learning in the outdoors.
When my daughter goes to Wild School, she comes home excited and eager to share everything she learned that day in nature! She shares with me all about the nuts and leaves they ID’d, how many eggs the chickens laid, what sort of imaginative play the kids constructed, cool bugs they discovered, which plants they drew in their nature journals, the berries they picked, what the bees were up to in their hive, and soooo much more. Please check out the Luna Hill Farm Facebook page and website if you would like to learn more, it really is remarkable!
At this point, Amanda and John are working hard on expanding their Wild School. Amanda recently shared a lot of her future plans with me and I promise you, it is going to be amazing!! Their next step is to secure State Nonprofit Status for their school. They already run the farm as a nonprofit, but to make it official in Indiana, it can cost well over $750 to apply. This is a lot of money for anyone trying to grow a small business and I think it would be amazing if their community gave back and gifted their nonprofit status to them!!
Achieving official nonprofit status opens up lots of opportunities for the farm, but most importantly, it allows them to apply for additional grants and funding that they currently do not have access to!!
Imagine what the kids could experience!
Please Share this link and give if you are able.