The wind and snow were whipping across the fields so quickly that I found myself longing for my ski goggles. Bundled up, I was pulling carrots out of the ground as quickly as my hands would allow. We were racing against time to get thousands of pounds of carrots out of the ground before winter arrived. Despite the blowing snow and the urgency to our harvest, I felt a deep sense of warmth and connection.
All around me were people who answered our farm manager Carl’s call for help. Farmers from Black Creek Community Farm, local high school students, office staff, volunteers, friends and family members. Every single one of them gave up their day to harvest carrots with us in a snow squall. This, I realized, is truly what it means to be a community farm.
There is something profound in how a farm can create friendships, generate ideas and connect people. But the past few decades of industrial agriculture has separated us from what we eat and, more importantly, from each other. That’s why your involvement in Everdale’s work is so important. Demand for our programs is continuing to grow faster than we can keep up with it, and the strain on our resources is more than ever before.
Put simply, we need your help to meet this increasing demand. Over the last year we have had to turn away schools and aspiring farmers who want to access our programs. We have had to turn away people who cannot afford the cost of fresh produce. We need your help to train growers, teach kids and feed families. I can’t emphasize enough to you how important your donations are to making this happen.
Your dollars can help in some of the following ways:
- $17 can support a student like Sarah learn about where their food comes from. $500 can support a whole class;
- $50 can give a new farmer like Laura the chance to learn a new skill that they need to get in the fields and start farming;
- $100 can help us get Black Creek Community Farm established by funding the purchase of farm necessities like seeds, hand tools (rakes, pitchforks, hoes, etc.), produce bins, wash sinks, field stakes, signage and more;
- $250 can help ensure our produce is affordable to all families living in the communities we serve. It can support one low-income family to affordably access the food we grow.
By donating today, you are investing in a future of healthy communities and a sustainable food system. You are supporting farmers like Laura and youth like Sarah. It’s just a click away and less than 5 minutes of your time.
Thank you from the bottom of my boots.
Outreach Manager and Carrot Harvest Helper