young farmers fundraising
Young farmers are increasingly turning to new fundraising opportunities, whether it be small loans, grants or projects through kickstarter. These young farmers in Maine are utilizing all three - a good model. Do your homework, work hard, get funded. Help 'em out!
Bahner Farm is a three year old family farm owned and operated by Christa and Mike Bahner. We grow over 100 varieties of certified organic vegetables on four acres for markets in Mid-coast Maine. Since moving here in 2009 we have wanted to build a farm stand to provide organic produce locally. Our location on a busy road makes our farm an ideal candidate for a successful farm stand. We currently make a large percentage of our sales at farmers markets up to 1 1/2 hours away, and although we love and depend on them, we feel strongly that we should also be providing fresh, delicious vegetables to our local community and the general public here in Belmont.
To be able to sell vegetables on the farm, we need a permanent structure and a good parking area. We are building a 16'x16' farm stand that we were able to design over the past year with a business planning grant from Farms for the Future. It will be able to close up to be a heated space during our Winter Community Supported Agriculture pick ups, or open up completely to be a breezy, beautiful summer farm stand.
More on their kickstarter page