Our land is in preservation, which greatly reduces its value to a bank, restricting our ability to borrow. We have been able to line up grant funding from both federal and state agencies, but these still leave us a little short. Our federal grant can not be used for construction or equipment, but supports other costs related to growing the business. The state grant does fund construction, but it is a reimbursement grant and we must complete the entire project by next June to receive it!
Between our own investments and grant reimbursement money, we are able to cover over 80% of the cost of our expansion projects. You can help us close the gap with the last 20% that will ensure the long term viability of our farm on this land, and you will help us support other local dairy farmers!
Thank you to all the people who have passed along compliments about our cheese and our farm - we truly appreciate it, and we are very grateful for all your support over the past 20 years. As we look toward sustaining our farm in the long term, however, we realize we need to earn a little more money than we do every year - to keep investing in the farm and business and to make it possible for Liz to think eventually about retirement. Since we can't add more cows to our current farm, we would like to buy milk from another outstanding local farm - and we'll help them make a living as well by paying them a fair price! We will keep making our raw milk cheeses, and we'll introduce some new cheeses that our customers have requested. It's a win for all of us!
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