Bahner Farm is a three year old family farm owned and operated by Christa and Mike Bahner. We grow over 100 varieties of certified organic vegetables on four acres for markets in Mid-coast Maine. Since moving here in 2009 we have wanted to build a farm stand to provide organic produce locally. Our location on a busy road makes our farm an ideal candidate for a successful farm stand. We currently make a large percentage of our sales at farmers markets up to 1 1/2 hours away, and although we love and depend on them, we feel strongly that we should also be providing fresh, delicious vegetables to our local community and the general public here in Belmont.
To be able to sell vegetables on the farm, we need a permanent structure and a good parking area. We are building a 16'x16' farm stand that we were able to design over the past year with a business planning grant from Farms for the Future. It will be able to close up to be a heated space during our Winter Community Supported Agriculture pick ups, or open up completely to be a breezy, beautiful summer farm stand.
In order for our future farm stand be useable, we also need to put in a parking area. Our barnyard needs to be smoothed out, the top soil scooped off and spread with gravel. In addition, the site for the farm stand will be leveled and covered in 2 feet of gravel.
Why are we asking for $12,524.22?
Our budget breakdown:
Farm stand estimate: $6,800.00 - This includes all materials and labor, including a 4"concrete pad.
Earthwork estimate: $4,796.50 - This estimate includes a circular driveway for entrance and exit, and a parking area with room for up to eight cars. We'll be using up to 300 yard of gravel!
Kickstarter and the Amazon credit card processing keep a portion of the money raised on this site, so that brings our total to $12,524.22
Small scale farming takes commitment, diligence and hard work; it also requires community support. With your help, our farm stand can be up and running for the 2012 growing season - but it can't happen without you!
Thank you for your support!
- (30 days)