Hi! We are Eleanor and Vanessa, two offbeat blueberry farmers working to save the blueberry farm we steward and transform it into a sustainable food forest farm infused with art and spirit, and operated on a gift economy basis.
(Garden Fork Radio has a great interview here that covers the basics pretty well ~ Thanks, Garden Fork, you guys are awesome!)
Imagine gathering interesting, delicious fruit like persimmons, goji berries, goumis, medlars, huckleberries, aronia berries, tibetan chocolate vines, cinnamon vines, and more ~ all grown with love, zero chemicals, and offered to you as a gift!
Sound amazing? You’re right ~ it will be! And while it’s ambitious it’s completely possible and I’ll tell you why: by crowdfunding the funds to save the farm, we’ll be able to operate with extraordinarily low overhead.
Thiswill allow us to create and maintain a sustainable food forest paradise infused with art and spirit and offer it to you as a gift; like Karma Kitchen, Healthy World Cafe and other thriving gift economy ventures, on different scale!
How did this all this start?
Vanessa and I left our lives in Baltimore Maryland to become caretakers on the blueberry farm two years ago. The original plan was that the owner would retire to the property in ten years, and in that time Vanessa and I would be able to put into practice many of the sustainable agriculture concepts we’ve been fascinated by and reading about for years. A wonderful situation for everyone involved.
At the end of ten years, we would either be joining or starting a sustainable intentional community/farm with a great deal of solid, real-world permaculture experience under our belts.
But then the owner put the blueberry farm up for sale way sooner than planned.
Unable to get a grant in time, or qualify for a mortgage (we live on a shoestring ~ a delightful shoestring, but banks see it differently) we turned to crowdfunding.
Fortunately, crowdfunding the money to purchase the property affords some truly unique benefits, chief among which is the fact that our overhead for the farm will be unusually low.
Like, really, really low.
Add to that the massively reduced costs involved in running a food forest farm as opposed to a modern monoculture farm, and you’ve got a farm that can operate on a fraction of the costs of most farms.
This itty-bitty overhead will allow us to continue to operate as a pick-your-own farm. But instead of having set prices for any of our perennial food crops, we can run the farm on a gift economy basis.
We can make our operational decisions based on far more important factors than how much profit will be generated.
This is very much what we were hoping to start in ten years, once we had completed our permaculture certification and had a tidy little portfolio of successful sustainability projects under our belt, but we probably wouldn’t have tried for such a large piece of land or somewhere quite so beautiful.
You can also help make this miracle happen faster by fundraising with us!
Simply click the “become a fundraiser” link below the big button and create your own fundraising page, and reach out to your circle of influence to help create this sustainable food forest farm.
For this crowdfunding campaign to work, we need you to be a part of this crowd!
Please actively participate in supporting our campaign in a way that feels good to you because YOUR participation makes the difference!
Please chip in ten dollars or more by clicking here today!