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Willow Brook Farm Fellowships 2017

$3,895 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 10 months
Help support our our second year Beginning Farmers Fellowship at Willow Brook Farm & Art Center and prepare for 2018.

Know Your Food, Support Young Farmers, Create a Sustainable Future.

Your funding goes directly into supporting our Fellowship program covering everything from seeds to electricity.


Our Fellowship serves as an incubator and launch pad for beginning farmers. Freed from the worries of paying overhead expenses, Fellows can experiment and hone their farming skills and their business model in a low risk environment. They can experiment with different crops, livestock, techniques, and markets without the stress of needing to pay off a mortgage and equipment loans. The fellows can then save any income earned to cover the start-up costs for their own farmland at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Farming is tough business – farmable land is hard to find and, along with the necessary start-up equipment, is often prohibitively expensive. Farmers must work long hours and it takes years to set up productive gardens. Most farmers struggle with oppressive debt before they are able to generate a stable income. Farmers wanting to get started often don’t have the means to purchase land and equipment.



Our fellowship includes:

Housing
Land to farm
Weekly stipend
Two tractors with loaders and attachments
A barn for storage and processing
Introductions to other famers and resources
Access to permaculture books and videos
Hand tools
Seedlings


About Willow Brook Farm & Art Center

Willow Brook Farm is a 75-acre permaculture homestead in central NH (located in the greater Concord Area) founded in 2014 and is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. After extensive renovation of the antique colonial farmhouse, Willow Brook Farm began offering the Beginning Farmer Fellowship in 2016.

The farm was originally established in 1840 and used for agriculture through the first half of the 20th century. Since most of the original fields returned to mixed hardwood forest over the years due to their lack of use, in 2015, we cleared a patch of forest to return the land to field production. The farm property contains trails, streams and ample wood resources.

We established Willow Brook Farm to incubate and launch beginning farmers’ who would embrace organic growing and permaculture practices. We are at the early stages of a long-term vision, which also includes our offering public workshops, community events, public art, and art residencies – all with the goal of forwarding sustainable living. The property currently produces and supports annual vegetables, a goat dairy, Christmas trees, hops, maple syrup, and honey. While not at commercial scale, we also have apples, pears, and raspberries.

To learn more about Willow Brook Farm & Art Center and find out about all of our plans, check us out at:
http://willowbrookfarmnh.org

We're working toward a sustainable future for everyones' children and we're extraordinarily thankful for your support!

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Wow, thanks everyone for the support. We just lowered our goal here on GoFundMe because we are unable to enter in the offline donations that we've received. This time of year there is so much going on for us that there's not a lot of time for updates yet -- and we imagine you're all super busy too, so thanks so much for taking some time out to support us.
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Stump tests.
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We just picked up a new mini excavator to help us pull stumps from the field that we're converting.
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$3,895 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 10 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Willow Brook Farm & Art Center, Inc
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