since the moment i launched my own crowd funding campaign that fateful day in October last year, through each of the 31 long days of the campaign, i hoped and waited for the opportunity to somehow contribute to someone else’s fundraising effort. as i drank coffee long into those autumn nights and worked tirelessly mobilizing my community, i thought how delightful it would be to pitch in for someone else.
at last i received the call to assist. in the last couple of weeks i received not one, not two, but three announcements from dear farmer friends launching their unique crowd funding campaigns.
having just made my donations to each effort, i set down to write this post. the purpose here is two fold. first, to ask you to check out each of these campaigns. i won’t write too much here, because i really want you to click on these links and read the tales of 3 amazing farm families. one young and getting started, one well seasoned , and one in such a moment of heart break, i can’t even think of it.
my second purpose is to ponder this recurring thought with you all. why does any hard working farmer need to spend 31 days on their computers and devices rounding up cash? surely, they are working hard enough day in day out to deserve the benefit of a reasonable amount of disposable income.
i see a problem in our food system that leaves small scale sustainable farmers in a constant state of financial insecurity. we are rich in so many ways, ways too numerous to name. often, sadly, we are lacking the funds for even the smallest infrastructure development. we are so shy on savings that when an emergency arises, whew, don’t ask. the financial reality of farmers today is often a bit discouraging. i ask you now to check out these campaigns. make a donation today. support them. i know from my own experience that even the smallest contribution will get these fine folks one step closer to goal. then, i ask you to support your local farmers. spend your food dollars at the farmers market, join a CSA, purchase locally made and processed EVERYTHING! spring is here and seasonal markets are opening for the year. start the routine now. fresh greens will soon appear. make a commitment to changing your diet, your local food system and stabilizing your region’s farmers. the movement is growing. awareness is greater than ever, but still there are small farmers struggling to make ends meet.