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Replace Heartbeet Farm’s greenhouse

$17,780 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 201 people in 14 days
37677954_1552336397991656_r.jpegIn the predawn hours of March 11, fire  took over our greenhouse and burned it almost completely down.  The fire department came and put it out but not before it was almost completely destroyed.  We heated the greenhouse  with a large woodstove and it appears to have gotten some rusty spots which allowed sparks to escape and start the blaze.  Our full time work is as vegetable farmers and our one and only greenhouse is the beginning of the season and an integral part of getting things going for the year.  We already had around 65,000+ onions and shallot seeds planted in there.  This loss is a massive setback for us as it was a key piece of our infrastructure as a working farm and it is extremely timely that it be re-built asap as it is seed starting time.  This greenhouse was also shared by another small vegetable farm, Hare and Tortoise, who depend on the infrastructure and also lost plants and seed starting supplies in the fire.  

We immediately began the major clean up job and will be completely replacing the greenhouse plastic ($1,000), replacing the woodstove with an outdoor wood furnace/boiler set up, rebuilding the north wall of the greenhouse, getting electrical needs situated such as for thermostats, replacing fans, germination chamber, heat mats for seed germination, ordering replacement seeds for the shallots and onions that were lost, more plant trays, potting soil, hoses, and more.  For now, the frame of the greenhouse seems strong enough and hopefully it will hold up.  The goal of our fundraiser is for about 50% of what we estimate we will need to replace. We humbly ask if you have a little to share, it would be of great help.  Sharing our go fund me site among your network is helpful as well. We appreciate our community and any support you have for us is invaluable.  

Unforeseen accidents are never part of a small farm’s financial plan for the year.  This setback comes at a time of year when farm income is at it's lowest and equals a major loss of time as we try to get rolling for the season.   We appreciate your prayers, thoughts, and support as we get through this rough patch!

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Hi everyone, we wanted to share an update with you...and say THANK YOU with our jaws dropped on the floor. God has been so good to us through this loss and is blessing us through each of you in a really meaningful and powerful way. Joe, Brian, Bill, and Daniel have been working extremely hard and very quickly. With help from neighbors, they were ready to put new plastic onto the greenhouse this morning and thankfully the weather cooperated too (no wind to catch the huge sheet of plastic like a sail; no rain to weigh the plastic down tremendously). The wood boiler is in place outside of the greenhouse and installation is nearly complete. Our shallot and onion seeds are on order. There are a lot of smaller, less noticeable things that we have to work on in the next few days to get the greenhouse ready and there is still a lot of clean up of the charred interior of the greenhouse. The financial support from this gofundme campaign has been a shock and means that we will not have a major financial setback as we replace this greenhouse- we’re just facing replacement of lost time in regards to or seedlings but you can’t buy time . We will recover from this minor catastrophe and we feel stronger than ever with the vocal support of our community surrounding us. THANK YOU, each of you, so, so much.
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