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NEW GOAL! >>>----> We Need A Tractor! 28K for a BCS Walk Behind
NEW GOAL! >>>----> We Need A Tractor! 28K for a BCS Walk Behind
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GOOD MORNING! AND WHAT A MORNING! With hundreds of people pushing for us we reached our 20k goal! WE DID IT!

We couldn't have done it without the many, many people, some we've never met, working hard day and night to make this a reality. All I can say is a teary -

Thank you, thank you! :')

With just hours left we are going to try for a new exciting goal:

NEW GOAL! 28k for a BSC WALK BEHIND TRACTOR:

This will allow us to have competitive, educational markets fields in 2013!

Imagine the rows of beautiful veggies we can produce if we moved beyond out 19th century pick axe technology here at Coleraine!

That's right farm cat Po! You are going to love romping in the new fields - they'll be brimming with mice!

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"I want to revitalize my family farm by creating an educational homestead and school for the arts; with a focus on sustainability."

The Coleraine Farm School, in Brookfield, New Hampshire, will be a place where a person with a curious mind and the will to learn can study things ranging from bio-dynamic farming,

- to sculpture,

- to building a cob Earth Oven.

And where the seasoned professional can utilize our artist residency programs to craft and realize their masterpiece.

I plan to use my background experience, as well as the help of my friends to build and cultivate this dream.

We are lucky to have a farm with the essential elements to start a business and a school; a huge antiquated barn, a beautiful farm house, fields with healthy soil, a diverse woodlot, plentiful water sources, and amazingly friendly and knowledgeable neighbors.

But some important parts of the infrastructure required to host and maintain educational programming and a successful market farm are aging and in disrepair. We’d would love to start classes this fall. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

First, we need to restore the electrical wiring in the barn.

Beyond its normal farm uses (currently 350 garlic plants are hanging, drying among stacks of onions) we will be building a woodworking studio, a stage and a dance floor. Artists and dancers are already eagerly awaiting the creation of a theater and workshop.

Currently there is no electricity in this beautifully ancient post-and-beam barn, one of the few remaining in the area. Rewiring it will cost us $4400. And it's well worth it!

Next, we need to replace the foundation on the old wood shop and convert it into artist residency. The illustrious Russ Hall and the indefatigable carpenter Kara Blossom (featured here) are working with myself to draw up plans to raise the structure and remove and replace the old rotting foundation of an otherwise well intact out building.

We envision a four-season, large, cozy, sunny, work studio and live-in quarters with wood cook stove for the artists in our residency program. $3975 will be needed to restore the foundation on the wood shop.

It’ll take $2000 to reline the chimney in the house. This is big. In one giant leap this will take the farm house off oil dependence for winter heating and restore the farm's more sustainable dependance on wood cut from our own wood lot.

And we’ve budgeted $7800 to continue the work in our fields and to build a four season greenhouse so we can have farming classes year round.

Each one of these projects will be an educational opportunity at Coleraine, with students coming to learn hands-on, alongside professional craftspeople!

We're going to need $20,000 to get this done and we're offering some amazing rewards!

A hand crafted cutting board made of wood from our trees, 

- organic, heirloom vegetables from the garden,

- NEW REWARD: Organic Maple Syrup Candies crafted on farm from our trees,

- NEW REWARD: sponsor a baby goat!,

- farm scene paintings created on site,

- custom built furniture,

- a creatively designed play house,

- and even a weekend or week long stay at the farm

 - which includes, lodging, meals -

- and classes!

We appreciate your support, even if you can only spare a dollar.

                   So please consider backing and spreading the word!

                                                   THANK YOU!

Follow us on Twitter!: @ColeraineFarm

Check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ColeraineFarm

Coleraine's Lower Field in early June this year. Compare with the found photo from the 70's in Update #5
Coleraine's Lower Field in early June this year. Compare with the found photo from the 70's in Update #5

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    Heirloom seeds! A sampling of Coleraine Farm's favorite vegetable and flower seeds, hand harvested and prepared for your lush garden harvest

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    Cookbook pdf! Coleraine Farm’s own Cookbook pdf. Enjoy original, delicious recipes from the farmer chiefs here at Coleraine

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    Organic Maple Candy! One box, farm made and crafted at Coleraine Farm from our own maple syrup from our very own and our neighbor's trees

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    Sponsor a Baby Chick! We will order the variety of your choosing from a large list of gorgeous birds. (Laying and broiler) You will receive weekly photo and journal updates on YOUR chick and EXCLUSIVE naming rights. So cute!

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    Artistic stationary and postcards! Five hand crafted postcards or five stationary letterheads with original Coleraine Farm art work

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    Sponsor a Baby Chick and get the Button to Prove it! We will order the variety of your choosing from a large list of gorgeous birds. (Laying and broiler) You will receive weekly photo and journal updates on YOUR chick and EXCLUSIVE naming rights. This reward includes an exclusive "I'm a Baby Chicken Sponsor @ Coleraine Farm" button with image of your chick. So cute!

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    >NEW< Honey! Hive at Your Home honey. Small bottle of local honey harvest this spring

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    Handmade cutting board! Made from wood harvested from our woodlot

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    Hive at Your Home Beginner Beekeeping Class! Coleraine Farm will host Hive at Your Home afternoon Beginner Beekeeping classes in our 2013 Educational Programming. Sign up now with this reward before we are full up!

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    Box of fresh vegetables and flowers! Selected out of our 150+ organic and heirloom varieties (LOCAL ONLY)

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    Coleraine Farm Toggenburg or Nubian Goat sponsorship spot! Includes a shot at naming the goat as well as weekly photo and journal updates on their adventures, trials and tribulations on the farm. AND a "I'm a Baby Goat Sponsor @ Coleraine Farm" button to prove it! What a great gift for Christmas/Solstice/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa!

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    Pickled veggies, hot sauce and cutting board!
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    Barn birdhouse! A beautiful birdhouse replica of our very own post-and-beam 240 year old barn. Made of wood from our wood lot

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    A four course dinner for two! The farmers will serve you fresh veggies from our garden. We are pretty excellent cooks

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    Farm scene painting! Summer resident artist Masha Y. will paint you a classic farm scene on location.

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    >NEW< Official Coleraine Farm Toggenburg or Nubian Goat Sponsor! You will have complete naming rights for your goat. This reward also includes the weekly photo and journal updates, a "I'm a Baby Goat Sponsor @ Coleraine Farm" button and special petting privileges! (Ok. Everyone can pet the goats.)

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    A two night at stay at the farm for 2! Or sponsor a stay as a gift! You will get hands on experience learning homesteading and sustainable farming, all while enjoying our beautiful land. All meals and transportation to and from the bus/train station will be provided. Take home a gift basket including fresh veggies, homemade bread and our signature cutting board

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    A one week stay at the farm for 2, or sponsor a stay as a gift! You will get hands on experience learning homesteading and sustainable farming, all while enjoying our beautiful land. All meals and transportation to and from the bus/train station will be provided. Take home a gift basket including fresh veggies, homemade bread, a cutting board, pickled veggies and garlic

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    Custom furniture! Hand made, designed and crafted on the farm with materials from our woodlot (US ONLY)

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    A creative, custom structure! A creatively designed, costume built playhouse, dog house, chicken coop or shed. (US ONLY)

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    Our new best friend! A subscription to our online newsletter; a downloadable desktop background; postcards and stationary; mixed seeds from our garden; an afternoon tour of the farm and organic farming lesson taught by our resident farmers; a Barn Birdhouse; a four course dinner for 2; a painting; a custom piece of furniture; a week long stay at the farm for 2; and a gift basket including fresh veggies, homemade bread, a cutting board and pickled veggies to take home with you. Phew!

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