We are a small family homestead hidden away in the pine barrens of Hampton Bays, NY. We pride ourselves in using sustainable practices while growing heirloom vegetables, raising poultry for their delicious eggs and keeping bees for their sweet and healthful honey.
We offer many programs and private lessons in homesteading skills such as home canning, organic vegetable gardening, raising backyard chickens, and knitting as well as some fun programs for children. Our goal is to raise as much as we can for ourselves, offer our extras to the public, and encourage others who want to learn these self sustaining skills to do so.
We believe the further our food is removed from it's natural state, the way mother earth intended, the more dangerous it is on our health. We enjoy using our hands to create beautiful, products such as hand spun yarns and hand turned bowls. Our relationship with earth's gifts are important to us and here we proudly use them and care for them every day.
We are thrilled about the positive feedback and enthusiasm we have been receiving about our little farm. Our loyal customers have been enjoying our organic eggs, produce, baked goods, jams, plants and more, but we just can't keep up with the overwhelming demand.
Our Kickstarter project is to increase our growing space so that we may produce more for ourselves and offer more to the public. The space we have in mind now bears large, dead pine trees that were killed by the root borers this past spring. This area would allow us to produce more than twice as much as what we are growing now.
With your pledge and support we will also be able to continue and enrich our popular programs that teach homesteading skills to adults as well as our children's programs, "Mommy and Me," and "Pioneer Kids."
We are blessed to have all that the earth has provided for us and we must take great care as to not disturb what was here before we came along. We are grateful for this piece of ground we live on and are devoted to keeping it clean and as unharmed as possible.
Please know that your support will help us to continue our hatch and release program of the Northern Bobwhite quail. The Bobwhites are native to the area, but have been disappearing due to over building and the loss of their nesting areas. Each year we gather eggs from our adults, hatch them, and then release the young birds in hopes of repopulating the area. This is also an effort to control the tick population, because you see, quail eat them!
The costs to expand our farm's growing space exceeds our budget and that is why we are asking you, our supporters, to help fund our Kickstarter project.
The moneys raised will cover the following costs...
Dead tree removal $2300
Organic Compost $720
Kickstarter and Amazon Fees $335
We are fortunate enough to be able to do most of the work ourselves once the trees have been removed. We will be working together as a family along with the help of some friends and volunteers to create more Hugelkultur beds. This is a form of mound bed which uses organic compost mixed with manure from our farm animals and other collected organic material we find on the property.
We will also install raised beds constructed with lumber for a new children's garden where children can plant seeds themselves and learn about organic vegetable and herb gardening.
We will then install the irrigation (again ourselves), and then plant the seeds and seedlings of heirloom variety vegetables, herbs, and berries.
If this project goes through then by next spring, we plan to grow more beautiful and delicious heirloom, non - GMO and of course, ORGANIC, tomatoes, peppers, squashes, eggplants, brassicas, salad greens, onions, garlic, carrots and other root vegetables, peas, beans, berries, culinary and medicinal herbs and so much more!
This is a project that we simply cannot do without your help, so please even if you can only spare just a few dollars, consider sponsoring our project to expand the growing space here at Sweet Woodland Farm.
Not only is your donation tax deductible, but more importantly it will help support a small, local, family business and will allow us to provide more for our community.
If we go beyond our goal we will use any additional funds to pay for organic fertilizers, straw for mulch, irrigation timers and fencing material.
We thank you so much and we'll see you soon!
~Rachel, Mike, Ben, and Rayna Stephens @ Sweet Woodland Farm
Risks and challenges
This is all back breaking work, but we are focused and motivated to get this project underway.
The weather doesn't always cooperate and we may be met with other challenges such as disease and pests attacking our crops.
We will work hard to overcome any obstacles along the way. We enjoy the challenge and are driven by the rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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