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Giving Back to Bread & Butter Farm

$14,742 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 20 months
Created November 12, 2017
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” 
― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

 

The life of a farmer is never easy.  To say that 2017 has been a tough year for our friends at Bread & Butter Farm is a bit of an understatement. The hardships that the farm has faced are too lengthy to give explanation to each factor here, although we are happy to share details with anyone interested. 

Briefly, however, the significant losses are as follows:

 
·      Early 2017 brought an unexpected broken tractor, resulting in approximately $10,000 in repairs and replacements. 

·      The neighboring farm’s cows broke into Bread & Butter’s pasture, making the land unusable and resulting in additional food requirement purchases. 

·      A beef recall resulted in a $12,500 direct loss, and an unmeasurable future loss due to inaccurate/poor press coverage.

·      A few weeks ago, coyotes got ahold of the farm’s turkeys, resulting in a $2,000 loss.

·      Finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak, was the $6,500 in greenhouse damage due to the fall windstorm.

 
This close to $40,000 loss does not include the less quantifiable damages of a wet spring and early summer, mother nature’s gift to farmers.

 

Bread & Butter Farm offers a gift to Vermont that is beyond words.  We are so fortunate to live in a place where we know the farmers who grow our food. We are fortunate to have individuals who have dedicated their lives to nurturing the land that we rely on. Bread & Butter Farm is dedicated to ensuring that the best small farming practices are followed. 


If you have attended Burger Night, a class at Music For Sprouts, watched the children play at the Village School, or grabbed a coffee at Blank Page Café, you know what Bread & Butter is doing:  building community.  Bread & Butter Farm brings our community together, and now it’s time to rally around them!!  It's time for the community to show our support to the Farm that has brought us together.  


They did not ask for this help, nor would they.  They are humble, hardworking people.  However, they need us now more than ever.  Please consider any donation.  All proceeds will go directly into the farm, from fixing the greenhouses to cultivating the land.  Your donation will help to ensure that our small farms are protected here in the state of Vermont.
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What a community we live in! In one short month we have raised over $13,300 for our friends at Bread & Butter Farm. I won't speak for Corie & Chris, as I'm sure they will provide an update soon, but I will say that I personally know how much this fundraiser has meant to them. Beyond the financial aspect, which is enormous, I have heard Corie say that this has put the "wind in her sails". Knowing that the community stands behind what this amazing small farm is trying to accomplish is HUGE. We will keep the GoFundMe open through the New Year for those who want to give during the holidays. We are working with a wonderful committee of people to (hopefully) plan a mid-winter celebration at the Farm. Stay tuned and THANK YOU>
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Good morning Fellow B&B Farm Supporters!

In a short two weeks we have raised over $8,700! This is incredible! Close to 100 people have donated to this campaign in only 14 days. What an amazing community we live in.

We are 1/4 of our way to our goal of helping Bread & Butter Farm recover their losses in 2017 so that they may move forward with their vision for 2018.

Thank you to all of have donated. Bread & Butter Farm works hard to improve the health of the land and the health of the community. We are grateful.
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Dear Friends, Community, and Supporters,

As I write this update, I am filled with tears of gratitude. In five short days, our community has raised close to $3,500 for our friends at Bread & Butter Farm.

With Thanksgiving approaching next week, I can't even begin to articulate the gratitude that I feel toward each and every one of you who has responded to our call for help.

And, see friends, this is exactly what Bread & Butter creates: a community that supports one another in times of need. This is the TRUE meaning of "community sponsored agriculture". Corie, Chris, and friends provide us with an invaluable gift. In return, the community recognizes that Farming is HARD work, and we are willing to do our part to support them. While you will not catch me chasing cows in a field or picking vegetables in subzero weather, I am eternally grateful for those who do.

I picked up some food at the farm today. As per her usual, Bekah was smiling. Her love and vibration resonates, and I can only hope that when eating my Brussel Sprouts this week, the positive energy that she exudes will transfer from those vegetables to me.

So, THANK YOU! This is truly what this season is all about. I feel grateful, and I'm sure that Bread & Butter Farm does too.

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$14,742 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 20 months
Created November 12, 2017
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