Our farm is a long-cherished family heirloom and community anchor. Since 1869, we've worked the land and have been privileged to be its stewards. In the last five years, we've worked to substantially update, rebuild and renovate the buildings and grounds. We've continued small-scale agricultural production, while refocusing efforts on protecting the natural open spaces. We've also worked to renew the community connection to this farm. All the while, the stalwart barn stands as the centerpiece of this beautiful farmstead -- and it's greatly in need of a new roof!
To keep the barn strong and beautiful, we need to put a new roof on it. The old roof on the main 1890s barn is leaking and this will soon damage the rest of the structure.
This is where you come in! We are humbly asking for your support for the re-roofing project. The new roof will be steel and should last for decades to come. We have a contractor lined up and ready to work this fall. The cost to re-roof is about $15,000. We are looking to raise $9000 from you and other like-minded individuals. We're asking you to contribute what you are willing to help get his project done!
While asking for money ranks as one of our least favorite things to do (we'd rather shovel manure), we know many of you feel a connection to this space just as we do. Some of you have known our family, and this farm, for decades. Many of you are just connecting to our farm through our eggs and nature trail. Our goal in fundraising for the roof is two-fold: a) we want to create a place for people to learn and experience small-scale agriculture and the natural environment and b) give people who also value the barn structure and surrounding undeveloped land the opportunity to preserve this sanctuary.
We believe the space is here to share with neighbors, friends, family and community who share our same values. We welcome visitors such as yourselves that want to experience and learn about small-scale agriculture, local food, land stewardship and the natural environment. There's not much more important than clean food and water, and the environment that provides it. One of the ways we've opened the space is through the creation of rustic yet manecured nature trail. We opened the trails this summer by reservation only to families like yours free of charge.
After seeing a sampling of Minnesota flora and fauna on the nature trail as well as visiting with our goats, you have the opportunity to buy super tasty, ultra fresh eggs while visiting with the hens that lay them, see sustainably-grown hops towering on their 18ft trellis or, if the timing is right, buy premium honey harvested from the our hives.
An phenomenal addition to this nature trail will be a "spur trail" to walk through and tour this historic, awe-inspiring barn. This neighborhood landmark is not only absolutely gorgeous inside, but tells the story of Minnesota's agricultural past. You and others will be able to tour through this grand space that you have helped preserve as a part of the trail system! All the while, we'll continue to use it for food production and harvesting. This is also where the barn roof donor recognition wall will be displayed! Please contribute what you can so you and others can experience this unique space.
If you'd like to stop by, walk our nature trail and take a look at the barn, please use the "Book Now" button on our Whippletree Farm & Nature Trail page on Facebook!
Thank you so much for your support, whether it is monetary or in spirit!