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Our goal is to build a teaching center to help new and beginning farmers learn the skills needed to run their own organic farm.
Our goal is to build a teaching center to help new and beginning farmers learn the skills needed to run their own organic farm.
150 backers pledged $15,561 to help bring this project to life.

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Our passion for organic farming is the core foundation to our growing practices.  We wake each morning with an appreciation for what we do and a drive to commit to our crops as much as our soil commits to growing them.  Our farming principles are based on the fundamental belief that we always add more to the soil the we take out, providing a harmonic balance with nature.

We want to share these beliefs and practices with new farmers and home gardeners alike.  We feel that if you give people an opportunity to see and feel the difference that these practices make in the food we grow they will have a new understanding of the love we have for farming. 

We also know exposing children to how food grows is just as important.  We want children to come to our farm and experience food as it was meant to be experienced, first hand.  We want their hands dirty and their heads full of dreams of vegetables.Getting our children excited about farming and growing real food will ensure that we will have a new generation of farmers that are just as passionate about growing as we are!

The commercial kitchen will allow us to hold classes on how to cook with these beautiful foods.  If people don't know how to prepare local seasonal food how can they support their local farmers?  We want to provide a place where people can come and learn how to prepare, store and cook food and how to have fun doing it!  This is a place for community and an openness to share ideas and creativity with each other.

How are we going to be building this center?  We will use as much reclaimed wood and materials as possible.  We will also have old fashioned "barn" raising days where a group of people come together for a single purpose, building a teaching center.  You don't have to be a farmer, or want to be one to be involved in these volunteer days.  These "barn" raising events will be a chance for people to reconnect and at the end of the day be able to look back and say "Yep, I helped build that!"  This is what our farm is based upon, reconnecting people to their food and to each other.

How can you help?

1. Pledge whatever you can.

2. Share this with everyone you know.

3. Volunteer to come out and help.

4. Share your passion for local food.

5. Like us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixFarmsTX

or on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/PhoenixFarmsTX  We will update on

KickStarter as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenges new farmers face is access to information. The biggest challenge we face is enough time. That is why we are building a community of farmers, ranchers, concerned citizens willing to help us with this project. We know we can not do it alone, or even with one or two other people. We do know as a community we can. The biggest challenge a person can face is belief in their idea. After you accept your idea as something that needs to happen all other challenges can be over come. We have 50+ years of combined organic farming experience on this farm, we have more years than that of running our own businesses. We have waited long enough for this dream to come to life.

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FAQ

  • We need more local farmers growing high quality organic produce. Austin Texas which is 30 miles from our farm grew by over 50% in the last 10 years, If only 10% of Austin residents wanted to buy locally grown food that would be 136,241 There is not enough farms to feed them. I know we are not the only city facing the these issues. Our teaching center will be open to anyone who is interested in learning not just local farmers and home growers.

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    A limited edition button with Phoenix Farms logo and slogan

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    A limited edition quality cotton t-shirt with Phoenix Farms logo and slogan

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    A sturdy, roomy shopping bag perfect for carrying your Farmer's Market purchases with the Phoenix Farms logo

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    One CSA produce delivery, contains 8-12 different organically grown vegetables.

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    Admission to one of the hands on classes of your choice, offered at our farm. Classes will be on subjects such as: installing drip irrigation, growing your own seedlings, soil preparation, farm business planning and vermicomposting.

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    Admission to two of the hands on classes of your choice, offered at our farm. Classes will be on subjects such as: installing drip irrigation, growing your own seedlings, soil preparation, farm business planning and vermicomposting.

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    Admission to four of the hands on classes of your choice, offered at our farm. Classes will be on subjects such as: installing drip irrigation, growing your own seedlings, soil preparation, farm business planning and vermicomposting.

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    Your name painted in the mural on the side of the teaching center, as a sponsor, for all future farmers to see

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    Your name listed for one year as a sponsor, on the side of our enclosed trailer that we use to go to the Farmer's Market and for restaurant deliveries.

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    Your name twice as big on the mural on the side of the teaching center. As a sponsor, for all future farmers and guest of the farm to see. We will even spell it correctly.

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    Your name or approved business logo listed for one year as a sponsor, twice as big as the rest, on the side of our enclosed trailer that we use to go to the Farmer's Market and for restaurant deliveries.

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    A private dinner for six on the farm for up to 2 hours after the teaching center is built. Dinner will include farm fresh seasonal meal, tour of the farm, all chairs tables etc. needed to have a great time. We will even join you if you would like.

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    A private dinner on the farm for a party of up to 10 for 4 hours after the teaching center is built. We will provide a meal using all farm fresh seasonal items. Home made sweet tea, a tour of the farm and our great company if so desired. Also your name will be painted on the side of the mural in bright paint for all to see.

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    The ultimate package. A dinner for up to 20 of your closest friends at the farm for up to 4 hours after the teaching center is built. This dinner will be prepared using farm fresh seasonal items as well as our amazing fresh sweet tea. We will give you a tour of the farm, have dinner with you. You will get your name painted on the top of the list on the side of the mural in big glittery paint. You will receive 4 t-shirts, 4 hats and a vegetable box to take home with you. Will also include four tickets to any farming/gardening class we hold on the farm.

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Funding period

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