Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting Tracy Hinson of Fox News at the farm. She’s working on a story about us that will air tonight.
Naturally, this made us head to our website. Hmm… if people are curious about us, what will they discover? Well, they’ll discover that we’ve been busy with everything BUT blogging about the farm itself.
It’s our quiet season right now. Mike has been putting up a hoophouse and all of us are working on getting our back end infrastructure worked out. We started as two entities – a social enterprise L3C and a non-profit ministry under the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. Our first growing season taught us many things, but probably the most important was that we needed to be one non-profit entity. So much needs to change for that to happen! And it all needs to happen while we’re not also growing food.
We’ve got a plan called “20 steps to one non-profit entity” and we’re slowly executing it. It involves meeting with representatives from the diocese, creating a database for donors as well as CSA members, and developing a non-profit board. None of it is terribly exciting but it’s all incredibly necessary. We look forward to announcing progress and finally success!
Meanwhile, we’ve also been meeting with partners to plan our next growing season, particularly the charitable food side. North Kent Community Service Center’s Chérie Elahl came to the farm (we forgot to take a picture!) and so did North End Community Ministry’s Executive Director Laura Castle and Program Director Mikayla Pardon, all to plan distribution of our donated 2017 shares.
We’ve also been planning for our participation in the 40th Annual Hunger Walk! You can sign up to join our walk team right here. The Hunger Walk is on Sunday, May 7th in the afternoon – we would love to have your support as a donor, a volunteer, or a walker.
We’ll be sure to share the Fox News story when it airs! We’re much better at keeping our Facebook page updated than our blog. Follow us right here. Or subscribe to our newsletter below!