Summer 2020 ~ In January we established Koz's Mini Farm as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to strengthen the food system in northern Wisconsin. Our startup project, a hoop house build, will enable us to establish a fruit and nut tree nursery. To launch this effort we are raising a crowd-backed, 0% interest loan on Kiva and we are wondering if you would be willing to back our campaign? The funds from this loan will go towards building a hoop house and will move us one step closer to our vision of food security within Wisconsin's Northwoods. We would like to ask you to lend as little as $25 (which you will get back!)
During the initial phase we had a 15-day window to bring at least 10 lenders to support our campaign. We reached our goal in less than 48 hours! We are so grateful for all the support. Those contributions built momentum for our campaign and got us off to a fantastic start. We progressed to the next fundraising round where we now have until August 8th to raise our goal of $6,000. As of June 25th we had $5,200 to go. To view our current status click here. We would love all the support we can get.
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Spring 2020 ~ We are working on planting fruit and nut tree guilds. We would like to establish several fruit and nut tree orchards to serve as living "classrooms." Meanwhile, our current focus is to continue building healthy soil by adding microbial nutrients and using other regenerative growing techniques. The family who lived on this land for several decades before ours used sustainable, organic growing methods. Chemicals and pesticides have never been used thank goodness. The soil is already incredibly fertile and we feel very honored to steward this land.
We are looking forward to adding grazers in the next year or so, most likely goats. Eventually we may add a miniature cow (or two), but that's a few years out as first we need to build up healthy grazing grasses in the pasture fields. For now we are excited to keep building healthy soil.
Nonetheless, we would love a herd of goats to clear weedy areas and remove alder bush, prolific along the pasture margin and throughout the woods. Alder, although invasive where we are, is a nitrogen fixer which we will also use to help build soil nutrients.
If you would like to join us on this journey please reach out and connect with us. We can always use extra hands around the farm.
Here are some resources we love:
The Independent Farmstead by Beth Dougherty and Shawn Dougherty
Whole Systems Design - Permaculture and Resiliency Planning by Ben Falk
Without fertile soil, what is life?