Extreme rains, caused by climate change, have flooded our farm 3 times in 4 years. To keep farming, we need to move to higher ground.
We came to the Winooski Intervale Valley for its lush soil and proximity to Burlington. Sure, it's a floodplain, but friends who had farmed there for years assured us that the soils were rich and the floods were rare. We were excited.
In 2010, our first season with 2 acres in production, our pasture flooded in November. In 2011, following the heaviest snowfall on record and the wettest Spring on record, Lake Champlain covered our farm from mid April until mid-June. We plowed on, growing six acres, until Tropical Storm Irene flooded us with nearly seven feet of water on August 29.
But hey, 2012 was great! One of the best seasons I've ever seen, and our 12 acres of veggies yielded amazing crops to complement our pasture raised pork and eggs, grass fed beef, and lamb. We thought the worst was behind us. Maybe we could stay?
Then 2013. The farm experienced mild but persistent flooding in May, June, and the grand finale on July 5. This year alone we lost an acre and a half of potatoes, a half acre of Spring carrots, an acre of Spring broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, an acre of tomatoes, and two acres of winter squash. We cannot survive another season in this new climate. Climate change has brought massive rainstorms, thick snowpacks, and a river with wanderlust. We need to move out of its way.
Salvation! We've found 20 acres of prime agricultural soils in the high meadows of lovely Plainfield, VT! Best of all, they are well drained sandy loams! Now we need to move there. After another hard season, we need upwards of $25,000 to:
- drill a well (approximately $8,000)
- dig an irrigation pond (approximately $8,000)
- build an equipment shed and vegetable storage (approximately $6,000)
-move our essential equipment, infrastructure, and livestock (approximately $3,500)
We've set our goal at $25,000, but we need every cent we can raise. Climate change is going to affect us all, but we can prove resilient. Save our farms! Save THIS farm!
and, hey- thank you.
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Between the two of us, we have over twenty years of farming experience. We've farmed through hell and high water, through the economic recession and through personal crisis, and we'll farm through climate change.
Moving a farm is complicated business. We've been working with a business planner to create a detailed timeline and economic projection. If at any point during the move we are not keeping with our financial deadlines, we have alternative credit lines available. Our mortgage is already lined up and we have been preapproved for an additional loan to cover our moving costs, in case the kickstarter does not succeed. We are hoping to raise a large portion of the costs through kickstarter, so our farm can emerge from the move as resilient as ever.
Perhaps the greatest risk we face in moving the farm is that our current farm will flood while we are moving to our new land. We have been adjusting our farm around climate change for the past four seasons. Each flood is slightly different, but we're confident that we have the skills and experience to make it through one more season on the floodplain, as long as we know it's the last one.
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Yep! And we will be extremely grateful! If you are signed into kickstarter and looking at our project page, click on the blue "manage your pledge" button. There you will be able to change your pledge amount and change your reward.
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Block print AND a couple packs of Amanda's favorite heirloom seeds, complete with planting and cooking instructions.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Sin and Salvation! A pack of limited-run, dry cured sausage AND two artsy packs of seeds. Indulge now, work it off in the garden.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Not into the sin? We understand not everyone is into meat. If you abstain from pork, we'll curate a selection of whole grains, herbs, and/or pickled veggies to go with your garden seeds. Start a meal cookin', plant some seeds, then devour!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Say it loud and proud in your new "I saved Tamarack Hollow Farm" t shirt! And we'll say thanks with that block print thank you card.Estimated delivery:Add $8 USD to ship outside the US
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Say it loud and proud in your new T-SHIRT while eating amazing limited run, pasture raised, dry cured sausage! (Country style bacon available in NYC or Burlington)Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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You've never had a lunch like this. Our picnic basket includes pickled veggies, farmstead sausage, farmstead beverage, and wood fired bread.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Can't decide? For $260 you get everything! The block print, the heirloom seeds, the t-shirt, and the picnic basket!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Super size it! Deluxe picnic basket includes farmstead sausage, farmstead beverage, wood fired loaf of bread, pork rillettes, farmstead cheese, two jars of pickled veggies, shoulder bacon, AND two t-shirts!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Consultation lunch! We'll come to your place with a deluxe picnic basket and consult on your current homestead project. Thinking about backyard chickens? Ready for backyard pigs?! Maybe just start with a garden... or improve the one you have. You tell us, and we'll summon over 20 years of farming experience to do our best. VT and NY only.Estimated delivery:
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Stock that larder! Fill that pantry! We'll overwhelm you with smoked and cured meats, jams, pickles, relishes, delicately rendered leaf lard, heirloom beans, local grains, gourmet herbs, spices, and. of course. t-shirts. We'll provide recipes for everything included to help you plan some mouthwatering meals. Are you drooling yet?Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Chicken BBQ for 35 of your nearest and dearest! Completely catered by us. You choose the location, we'll work out a day, and we will provide the rest. NYC or 75 mile radius of Burlington, VT only.Estimated delivery:
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We'll throw you a pig roast. For up to 100 folks. Includes grilled corn, cabbage slaw, salad mix, and other goodies. That's $50 a person, for hours of fun and the best meal of your life. Great idea for a wedding, reunion, anniversary, or celebration of any kind. VT and NY only.Estimated delivery:
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