Save Anna's Farm

$3,532 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 16 months
Anna Runnings has a wonderful little 17 acre farm out in Qualicum Bay on beautiful Vancouver Island.  It's a lovely place with 13 sheep, 13 goats, chickens too active to count, but somewhere around the 40 mark, as well as 2 dogs and 2 cats.  There is also a fibre mill here, where yarn is made.  It's a full service mill offering everything from washing services to picking and carding for more information about what the mill provides and what she does please visit: http://qbfw.ca.

Anna bought the farm with her mother, Louise Ann, in 1990, with hopes of working together to make it self-sufficient.  Louise Ann worked the farm while Anna worked in California to pay off the mortgage.  With the mortgage paid, Anna moved to the farm in 2001, to find her mother in deteriorating health.  Over the next few years Anna struggled to find a job, while her mother became more and more incapable.  In 2007 the Crofton carding mill came up for sale, and Anna took out a new mortgage on the property to purchase it.  That same year her mother was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Over the years Louise’s mobility continued to decrease, until she was no longer able to leave the house, or do anything more than sit and read.  Anna was her mother’s primary caregiver while still maintaining the farm and the mill on her own and then in March of 2014, Louise had a stroke, and passed away in May.  Her mother’s death was a financial blow as well as an emotional one – Louise did not have a large income, but it evened out the ups and downs of the mill operation.  Overwhelmed by grief and depression, she struggled to keep afloat financially.  Bills piled up, and many were simply ignored, since there was no money to pay them, and when there was money, feeding critters and people came first.

Anna takes in critters and people!  How do I know?  She took me in, and I have a roof over my head and a place to work in the mill, and around the farm. For the most part, when people can no longer take care of their animals she takes them, hence the sheep and goats, even some of the chickens and such.  They are fed, housed and taken care of as best we can.

However there is a snag, some things – like property taxes - were put off for too long and we have a few payments to make by the end of the month for both the mortgage and the tax.  If these payments are not made, they will result in the loss of the farm, as well as the mill.  The carder, a beautiful 150 year old machine has required some extra attention lately, which has slowed down our processing making our financial obligations difficult to meet in the time frame we have been given.  The maintenance of the carder came at a bad time.

Between hay and grain, feed bills alone run up to about $1020.00 per month, just for the animals.  We’ve been able to keep up with most of these bills including the mortgage, but with the carder needing more time and attention to keep it operating to the high standards our customers have come to expect, reaching the financial obligations have overwhelmed us.   

There comes a time when hopes, prayers, good thoughts and intentions are not enough.  It’s time to reach out to the community and as for some help.  We need $4000.00 to keep the farm, and we need to get on this fast.  We appreciate any help that can be given, even if it’s just sharing our story, or the link to this page.Qualicum Bay Fibre Works 
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 501 shares on Facebook
Update 6
Posted by Kate Asher
15 months ago
   Share
1
1
Thank you so much everyone for your assistance. Thanks to all your generous donations and your support plus a a few projects going out from the mill, we have been able to Save our farm. We could not have done this without you.
+ Read More
Update 5
Posted by Kate Asher
16 months ago
   Share
In the mornings, we get up early and milk the goats, right about 6 am. Then we wait for the sun to come up enough to gather the animals and go for a walk. Off they go along the hydro right of way, where a lot of people walk their dogs and such.
It's cold and frosty and everything, and I mean everything is coated in frost and it shimmers like diamonds. I love looking out the window and seeing all that frost. We are really close to our goal, and we appreciate all the donations that have come in so far. If you can donate to our cause, great, and if you can't please share this post. Once again, a big thank you to all those who have supported us during this difficult time.
Goat's on a Walk
+ Read More
Update 4
Posted by Kate Asher
16 months ago
   Share
I'm delighted by the outpouring of support for our campaign to Save Anna's Farm. We have just reached a major pinnacle and are currently half way to our goal. A hearty thanks to Rion, Sarah, Carol, and so many more, who have sent in donations and shared the link.. We are truly blessed to receive such an amazing response from our community, neighbours, friends and family.
Even if you have already shared this, please share again. If you are seeing this for the first time, even if you can't donate, share the link. I'm looking forward to meeting our target.
+ Read More
Update 3
Posted by Kate Asher
16 months ago
   Share
Today's upload is about one of Anna's dogs, Min. She gets totally into the zen of looking for rabbits. She is fun to watch and it's amazing how she can just spring up in the air like that.
We are getting much closer to our goal. We appreciate every donation that comes in. We also appreciate all the people who have been sharing this. Thank you for all the support and good thoughts, especially those who encourage us to keep going.
Min's zen moment: Be the rabbit!
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 501 shares on Facebook
Read a Previous Update
Teri Young
16 months ago
2
2

I love the video of the machine in motion (even if half of the video is sideways). This seems like such a worthwhile thing, all the best to you folks! May you make your goal and get your feet back under yourselves.

+ Read More
Molli Reynolds
16 months ago
1
1

I wish all the best of luck - I understand your struggles! I was moved by reading your story and was interested to learn about the farm and business. I may not be able to do much, but I am happy to share your story and hopefully get more support for the farm!

+ Read More
Gragor Gorgra
16 months ago
1
1

We suspect this carder was Carl Goldschieder's carder and Pendleton's Woolen Mills before that. Help if you can.

+ Read More
Robin Smith
16 months ago

ev smith

+ Read More

$3,532 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 16 months
Created November 20, 2015
JG
$20
Jennie Green
15 months ago
1
1

Farms like yours are so important for community and culture. Best wishes for luck and success!!

$50
Anonymous
15 months ago
1
1
$50
Anonymous
15 months ago
1
1
$50
Fiona Lotz
15 months ago
2
2
$10
Anonymous
15 months ago
1
1
$25
Anonymous
15 months ago
1
1
$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
1
1
JF
$50
John Fulker
16 months ago
1
1

This donation is from the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill

$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
1
1
SH
$25
Sophie von Herrmann
16 months ago
1
1
Teri Young
16 months ago
2
2

I love the video of the machine in motion (even if half of the video is sideways). This seems like such a worthwhile thing, all the best to you folks! May you make your goal and get your feet back under yourselves.

+ Read More
Molli Reynolds
16 months ago
1
1

I wish all the best of luck - I understand your struggles! I was moved by reading your story and was interested to learn about the farm and business. I may not be able to do much, but I am happy to share your story and hopefully get more support for the farm!

+ Read More
Gragor Gorgra
16 months ago
1
1

We suspect this carder was Carl Goldschieder's carder and Pendleton's Woolen Mills before that. Help if you can.

+ Read More
Robin Smith
16 months ago

ev smith

+ Read More
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Kate know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.