About this project
We are THRILLED and very humbled by the incredible generosity of everyone who has taken us past our goal.
We're still going strong! Any additional funds we raise will support expansion of our full-time internship program which prepares young people to run a farm and grow good food.
The money we've raised to date will allow us to fence and irrigate a 4-acre field and make urgently needed repairs to our greenhouse and barn so we can meet the growing demand to train new farmers and continue to instill in thousands of children who pass through here a love of the earth and of gardening.
The Pfeiffer Center is an educational farm where we teach the next generation of farmers how to develop fertile soil and grow nutritious food on their land, whether it's an urban window box, a suburban backyard, or a farm of their own.
We teach children and adults the biodynamic methods that bring chemical-free fertility to our soil. You've heard of organic farming and permaculture, well, they can both trace their roots back to biodynamics.
Our farm has amazing soil - just look at the vegetables we grow! - but the infrastructure needs a big boost so we can match the growing hunger for classes and field training in biodynamic methods.
With $75,000 we can:
- Restore our cherished old barn, the iconic cornerstone of our operation. Home to the hay and gear for Captain and Eva, our spirited team of Haflinger draft horses, it's also our workshop and storage space. But the years have taken a toll and we need to replace the rotted siding so the hay will stay dry and we'll have room to dry root vegetables. It's a big job.
- Erect high fencing around a large field to keep out deer and woodchucks and allow us to significantly increase production. We need the new field to keep up with demand for our nutritious vegetables and as additional workspace so we can train more new farmers.
- Make urgent repairs and expand our old greenhouse so we can get an early start on the tender vegetables we sell to the community, plant in our fields, and donate to people in need. The greenhouse also serves as an indoor classroom and we must increase capacity to match the demand.
- Restore and increase capacity in the Children's Healing Garden, where we teach gardening classes to children from the Green Meadow School and students from the nearby public schools through our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.
- Invest in the research tools we need to analyze soil and educate traditional and urban farmers.
- Bring in additional interns in 2013. Our interns get a one-year immersion course in biodynamic farming and go on to share their knowledge and launch their own successful farms.
With your support we can complete all of the carpentry work on the barn by May 2013, when an amazing team of 12 master carpenters and brick layers who have volunteered their skills will descend on The Pfeiffer Center with hammers and saws and more than 300 combined years of experience!
We'll hope you'll support the Pfeiffer Center and join us in the spring for a traditional barn raising.
Choose the $50 reward and be a part of the celebration. We'll have live music, tours of the gardens and vegetable beds, and beekeeping and draft horse demonstrations for you to enjoy as you stroll our beautiful Chestnut Ridge, NY campus.
Risks and challenges
We've already assembled a materials list and - more importantly - a core group of master craftspeople - who have donated their time and expertise to complete the needed work. We welcome additional hands. If you're a skilled carpenter, a brick layer, or you know how to put up a fence we hope you'll join us in May at the barn raising. With funding in place, nothing can stop us from taking our wonderful farming program to a greater audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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