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 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.
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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.
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.