Home » Events » We have done it!

We have done it!

Five years ago the NACF board had two enormous and persistent challenges even after 10 years of accomplishment. We had a $400,000 mortgage obligation to discharge, and we had an obligation to our lessee farmers to stabilize (and ideally enhance) the crumbling buildings — the farmhouse and barns — that we inherited.

Now, five years later, with the wonderful support of our community, we have fully retired the debt on the land and we have completed a major renovation of the farm house. Furthermore, at our June fundraising event, we raised the “last dollar” to pay for all this.

bruce1

Over 80 supporters attending our June 16th Sunday Brunch fundraiser. We raised over $11,000 “in the room” and a further $9,000 from others unable to attend, thereby achieving our goal. The farmhouse renovation is fully paid for.

bruce2

So we now have a strong and stable basis to support our lessee farmers who themselves have made (and are making) substantial investments in the farming infrastructure: the fencing, well and irrigation piping, a large PV array, the farm store, and now a new biomass boiler plant to heat their greenhouses independent of fossil fuel.

It is with considerable pride that we can now report all this — that we represent a successful model for other communities to follow, and that NACF can now move on to focusing on farm community activities like our annual strawberry and harvest festivals, food and farm education activities, and much more.

There will still be continuing stewardship obligations and NACF will continue modest, periodic financial support of our lessee farmers in major maintenance work — the deed restriction to ensure continuing affordability necessitates that.

But NACF’s primary focus can now shift to pursuing the vision of developing and nurturing a thriving farm community, for which we welcome your ideas and involvement.

Bruce3

The farmhouse exterior now completely restored with new roofing and siding. The interior is now divided into two separate dwelling units (the new side entry porch shown is to the front Unit). And we have added a separate Studio accommodation for a farm manager for a total of seven bedrooms — three more than before.

The Farm Manager Studio as it now looks 95% completed.

Bruce4
What a difference! 

 

Bruce5

THANK YOU to over 40 volunteers whose accumulated 3,000 hours of effort over nine months from August of last year was the backbone of the successful renovation.

THANK YOU ALL!

And of course we look forward to your continued participation!

For information or to volunteer in the future, PLEASE CONTACT Bruce Coldham at bcoldham155@comcast.net
or call 413-348-6706


1 Comment

  1. This is such a wonderful milestone!! Cheers and congratulations to everyone who helped with labor or materials or funding, and to the wonderful young farm folks who now and in the future live in the restored farmhouse!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: