Our new crop of 2015 farmers have begun crowd-funding campaigns to fund their incubator farms at Tilian Farm Development Center! The Land Loom just secured their funding last week and Fervent Field Farms just began to inch towards their goal. Pledge your support and help us help beginning farmers to be successful at Tilian!
For the last five years I have surrounded myself with amazing farmers and farms, these people and places have taught me so much to get me where I am today as a farmer. From serving as AmeriCorps member at the Ingham County Land Bank where I helped other farmers gain access to land to co-owning a diversified vegetable farm in the City of Lansing, each experience has been unique in itself and furthering my overall education. It has been a wonderful journey thus far and the knowledge I have built and gained over the years has without a doubt landed me at this point in my farming career. My application has been accepted at the Tilian Farm Development Center in Ann Arbor Township, the first crops for 2015 have already hit the ground!
Being a young farmer who is only 25, I am not sure where I will end up in 5 years or beyond that. I know eventually I will settle down and find my forever farm, but until then I want to continue to learn and develop my skills as a business owner not working for someone else’s vision or dream. It is in working for myself that my true passion emerges and growth as a farmer and business are furthered.
Fervent Fields will exist this Spring on 5 acres, 4 of which will be in production and 1 which will be continuously cover cropped. I aim to specialize in growing high volumes of a small selection of specialty crops utilizing season extension in the form of hoop houses, low tunnels, and walk in cooler storage. My main focus will be on garlic, ginger, hot peppers, and potatoes.
Having invested my savings into Fervent Fields Farm this fall, I am asking for your help in getting a jump start this Spring. Certain crops I grow such as garlic have an extremely high start up cost when you have to buy seed stock, but after that first year your costs drop dramatically as you are growing your seed stock now.
If this campaign is successful I will not have to take out any loans to help with all the startup costs this first year, putting me in a much better place to expand and higher farm hands in the future.
Below is a detailed budget of where all the money from the indiegogo campaign will go to support.
1) Certified Organic Ginger Seed Stock – 250lb. – $2,100
2) Tilian Rental Fees – 3 Acres, 30′ x 144′ Hoop House, Tractor Work – $2,820
3) Seed and Potato Seed Stock – $1,080
There are definitely other big costs that go into what I need to get going next year, but these are the most crucial. The three costs make up less than half of my budget that I will be raising myself. Some of these other costs include season extension supplies, gas to drive to and from the farm / wholesale deliveries, parts to build a cover crop crimper, parts to make the tractor drivable for someone in a wheelchair, among a much longer list.
Please contact me if you have any questions or want to help out in non monetary ways!”