Barefoot Farmer's Barn & Intern House Rebuild
Jeff Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm is one of the oldest and largest organic farms in TN. Recently our barn burned down with all of our seed garlic, square bales of hay, tools, and a tractor in it. The barn did not have electricity and the battery was not connected to the tractor, so we do not know how the fire started. We are beyond grateful no one was hurt and no animals were inside.
(Above is a picture of the barn before it was burned down, taken by Sherman Thomas of The Lost Art of Farming.)
(Below is a picture of the brave firemen who came to help put out and contain the fire.)
This barn served many purposes. It was a storage space for vegetables, a place to house hay, and often a place for interns and visitors to reside. In the fire we lost 8 bushels of seed garlic that Jeff has been growing since 1978, as well as a few hundred bails of hay. There was an old tractor in there, along with tools, fencing supplies, and other various items we won’t know are missing until we need them.
We need to rebuild before the next growing season begins.
This project will benefit our farm, and students eager to learn about farming and growing food from one of the most trusted and respected leaders in the agricultural movement, Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer .
It is our greatest joy to grow food for our community in a manner that is sustainable and regenerative to the land. We want to continue teaching others how to do the same. Appropriate storage space and housing for our interns is critical for us to continue practicing and teaching sustainable agriculture.
We are eternally grateful for all the people who have helped our farm get where it is today, and appreciate all support that is shown throughout this fundraising campaign.
We LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! We are jumping for joy we love it so much! Now we just need to build a new intern house!
The print will be 22"x17", and will be signed by both Alan Messer and Jeff Poppen. His landscape prints typically go from anywhere between $800-$1,500.
Alan captured this photograph of the hundred year old barn before it burned down, with a beautiful garden growing in front of it. Since this barn doesn't exist anymore, this is a one-of-a-kind for many reasons.
Place your bids below! Bidding closes in 48 hours!
We are REBUILDING THE BARN!!
We are not even halfway to our fundraising goal yet (read below as to why we are trying to raise more money ), so if you want to send us a donation, the link is in our profile!
After this devastating fire in which we lost a barn, a tractor, all of our seed garlic, all of our square bales of hay for the sweet cows, tools, windows for cold frames, and so much more, we realized it is NOT safe to house interns in a barn. Because of that, we are trying to raise money not only to rebuild the barn, but also to build separate on-site housing for the young people who come here to learn how to sustainably farm and successfully market garden. Your contributions will be going towards helping house and teach the land stewards of the FUTURE.
Huge thank you to @realnashvillegrown for their amazing $5,000 matching donation, and to @threeriversmarket and @husknashville for their super generous contributions. We absolutely could not be rebuilding this barn without you all!