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Help an ethical Amish farmer save his farm

$22,515 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 355 people in 10 days
Farmer Aaron Miller is in financial crisis. Aaron needs help to buy a milk bottling machine, which is required to get raw milk permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The milk bottling machine costs $15,000.

The farmer has been struggling financially and needs more orders to pay for this machine. However, without the machine, he cannot take on new customers. It’s a catch 22.

Please note that handouts are not typically allowed in the Amish culture. The Amish believe in earning what you have through hard work. Aaron said yes to having a GoFundMe, because this is a true emergency.

Miller’s Biodiversity Farm has been under intense scrutiny by government agencies, as have many farmers who sell raw dairy. Although these government interactions have the goal of protecting consumers, they have cost the farmer dearly. He has lost almost $100,000 in sales while also incurring many unplanned expenses and extra work.

Aaron needs at minimum $15,000 to move his business forward. However, the more we can raise, the better chance he has of making it through this tough time for the farm and passing his operation on to his children. His 5th baby was just born on December 31, 2018.

Please help farmer Aaron produce ethically and naturally produced food. If you believe in health, nutrition, and happiness, you know how important this is.

More than 1,200 Pennsylvania dairy farms have gone into bankruptcy since 2012. Don’t let another small farm die.

We aim to reach or surpass the goal by Friday, April 19, 2019. Please share and help the cause!


About Miller’s Biodiversity Farm

It shouldn’t be a struggle to find real farm fresh, nutrient dense, great tasting food. We know how important health, nutrition, and happiness are. That’s why our food is ethically and naturally produced:

Raised humanely on pasture
- 100% grass fed cow milk and beef
- 100% genetically tested A2 cow dairy
- No GMOs, antibiotics, or hormones
- No synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or ingredients
- Committed to regenerative soil practices
Help us raise the next generation of healthy children.


The Farmer’s Story

Aaron Miller grew up on a conventional dairy farm.

In Aaron’s Amish community, children do not go to high school. Instead, they work to gain a real  world education. Aaron worked on his family’s farm.

As every teenager, he started to question his life’s purpose. Luckily, there was a neighboring grass farmer that was happy to share his knowledge with Aaron.

Once Aaron learned the profound value of all natural farms, it quickly became his calling.

Aaron immersed himself in learning about radically traditional farming practices. This includes how livestock and products are handled with care and respect and are not treated with pesticides, hormones, or GMOs.

After several years of study, Aaron had fully discovered the benefits of natural foods and regenerative farming. He decided to create his own naturally-produced and grass-fed farm.

Aaron and his family started farming the old-fashioned way and producing grass-fed real foods.

By 2009, they were operational and selling their goods privately. 

The farm grew into a buying club that sources food from local farms (mostly Amish) that practice in the same manner Miller’s Biodiversity Farm does.

In 2016, the farmer became interested in A2/A2 cow’s milk.

This interest arose from two experiences:

(1) The farmer noticed that the calves fed A2/A2 cow’s milk grew faster and did not get diarrhea; and

(2) The farmer’s baby-at-the-time Hannah was quite unhappy and did not want her formula until the family starting using A2/A2 cow’s milk. After switching to A2/A2 cow’s milk, she immediately took the bottle and was very content and happy!

After seeing these benefits, Aaron converted his entire herd to produce 100% genetically-tested A2 milk.


FAQ

What will my money be used for? The farmer will use these funds to buy a bottling machine for his farm. If more than $15,000 is raised, the farmer will use those funds to pay bills that have piled up due to lack of sales and for improvements necessary to obtain the proper licenses and permits.

How can I find out more about the farm? Please visit www.amishbiofarm.com or email us.

How can I purchase the farmer’s real food products? The farmer is waiting to be fully certified and licensed. You can join our mailing list and be updated when the store is launched here: https://www.getdrip.com/forms/925998286/submissions/new

Since the farmer is Amish and doesn't use a computer, how did he create this GoFundMe? Aaron had his employee Marie set this up for him. She is serving as his computer.
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A little later than expected. But, as they say, better late than never. Here is a note from farmer Aaron:

"Thank you to everyone who donated for your kindness and generosity. Your support gives me confidence to continue on. I know that you believe in me and my natural farming practices. It’s my mission to improve the health, happiness, and nutrition of families.

"Thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for allowing raw milk production in PA. They have been great to work with through these difficult times. They have helped me understand what’s needed and double checked my practices and equipment. I am proud to be a PA dairy farmer and happy to be part of these important government programs.

"Also thank you to all government agencies involved. Everyone has been very helpful.

"My wife, my five children, and myself are sincerely thankful for this fundraiser. The financial struggle is not over and will not be for some time, but this is a BIG help. We will continue producing real farm fresh food, and I can pass my farm on to my children. That is my life dream."
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The farmer is overwhelmed by the generosity of small farm supporters. We had a conversation last night about the need for suffering to experience a joy like this.

Aaron officially has the funds he needs to buy the milk bottling machine plus some more for the other changes needed for the permit - building a wall, installing a sink, and some other things.

I wanted to send a quick "thank you" right now and give you a heads up that the farmer will sending his own "thank you" later today.
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