We want to build a HoopHouse to kickstart our organic lavender farm into higher gear, and grow year-round.
The movie clip above is definitely not an Oscar contender but if you listen closely you can hear some of our daily sounds we so enjoy hearing, such as a coyote howling, our hounds baying, birds singing, and the wind blowing. About four years ago we embarked on a journey to create our high-altitude, organic Skull Valley Lavender Farm. Plant by plant and row by row, a labor of love. Last summer we had the first 'fruits of our labor" and took our blooms, precious bundles, lavender soap, honey, and culinary products to the local farmers market in Prescott, Arizona. We want to be able to grow year-round and need a HoopHouse, which is an unheated greenhouse in the shape of a high-tunnel. You can see a picture further down on this page or in the movie clip. Will you help us get the HoopHouse this year? We like to add your name to a sign on the premises of all who helped achieve this!
Alongside the lavender, we keep treatment-free bees, raise heirloom chickens, and have Navajo Churro sheep for weeding, wool, and cheese.
All the labor has been done by the two of us with occasional support of visiting family members or friends we 'put to work' :) It has been a slow process and it would be great if we can expedite the realization of our HoopHouse with the help of social networking like this!
- Be an example that it is possible to keep the natural beauty of our area intact, by growing sustainable agricultural crops, be stewards to the land and have a future in farming;
- Our area already has some fine vineyards, and micro-breweries so together we can collaborate to engage in eco and agri-tourism and much needed healthy, fun, and fair employment as well;
- Have workshops, U-cut days, and Lavender & Wine tours;
- Provide locally grown hardy lavender plants suited for our high-desert climate;
- Inspire others with our efforts to choose sustainable farming and subsistence living and 'pay it forward'.
Watch the progress of the farm
You can view our online photo album with pictures of the farm to see it grow: https://picasaweb.google.com/117870220881910511762/Lavender?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCL7i-fXmmeupbw&feat=directlink
Our wish list is a long one - not anything we can tackle all at once - it would be to the tune of $10,000+ and consists of items such as: rainwater harvesting tank; solar panels and a battery array for independent energy; portable electric fencing for our sheep to keep them safe from predators while grazing; a windmill and reservoir for our well; more lavender and hop plants; hop poles; perimeter fencing, more fruit trees, nuts and berries; and so on. It will take some time to get it all together.
Since Kick Starter projects are only funded when the goal is reached within the given time frame we will limit this funding request to funding only one item which will have the greatest benefit and hopefully has a chance, with your generosity to be within reach:
A high-tunnel hoop house
We are needing a 48' High Tunnel, like the one in the picture (although that one is twice as long), and the amount we look to fund with your generous donations and assistance is the purchase price and shipping cost.
Kick-Start into higher Gears
A hoop house will literally kickstart us into higher gear and make it possible to propagate lavender and grow other herbs, as well as cut flowers and vegetables year round; and provide more locally grown hardy lavender plants to the community. We like to expand our market to the Phoenix area as well by going to the farmers market there during the winter months.
We hope to inspire others with our efforts to choose sustainable farming and subsistence living and 'pay it forward'.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $3,200 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 5, 2012.
Jun 6, 2012 - Aug 5, 2012 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
We appreciate your support - every dollar counts towards the goal. Projects are only funded if the goal is met by the deadline. We will list your name in our list of backers on the Website.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10 or more
A world of gratitude! Your name will be listed on a sign of honor at the farm and on our list of backers on the Website. In addition we will send you a free lavender-chocolate brownie recipe.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Great Karma to you! Your name will be listed on a sign of honor at the farm and on our list of backers on the Website. In addition we will send you a free lavender-chocolate brownie recipe, and a Skull Valley Lavender Farm postcard to send to friends or family.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Awesome! Thanks so much for your support. We will put your name on the online list of backers - and on the sign of honor at the farm - and in order to always remember the lovely smell of our lavender - lavender buds in a cute little sachet.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Terrific, we can hardly believe this is happening. We will put your name on the online list of backers - and on the sign of honor at the farm - and in order to always remember the lovely smell of our lavender - lavender buds in a cute sachet in the shape of a rabbit.- and to really get a good taste of it, a tin of our culinary lavender buds to use in beverages, desserts, or savory recipes. Yummy!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
Forever grateful for your generosity! Your name on the list of backers - and on the sign - a lovely 8 x 10 photograph of the lavender in bloom, and a jar of Skull Valley Lavender Farm pure, raw, lavender infused honey.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Your support is much appreciated and incredible. Pick your choice of any of the other awards above, plus a gift set of our culinary lavender salt, and lavender pepper.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Your pledge is beyond belief and deserves your choice of rewards mentioned above and a private tour of the farm where you can cut your own blooms. When the goal is reached and the project gets funded we will name our next Navajo Churro Lamb in your honor!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012