Hello everyone...reporting from Sauk Centre MN.
For those of you who may or may not know me, I am the farm manager of the Valley Forge Veterans Village. I wanted to let everyone know that i have been up here on site for roughly two weeks now and have started laying the ground work for the very first installment of the village farm program.
Beginning modestly we will begin production by building a high tunnel to get a head start on the Minnesota seasons and grow high value vegetables such as tomatoes, cukes, peppers and eggplants in the summer. This spirng we will begin a modest garden and begin production of cool season crops such as kale, spinach, salad mixes, raddishes, broccoli, turnips....yadda yadda yadda.
WE also will begin seeding the pastures for fertility and future animal use. Though we are waiting for acceptance from city council our plans are to potentially begin getting into pastured poultry and begin growing birds for meat, eggs, and amusement.
So far we are getting grants underway to modestly begin. I have also created a three year development plan to ensure our growth fits sustainably into our abilities; while laying the foundation agriculturally for another hundred years of wayfarers arriving to bask in the beauty, serenity, and bounty of this powerful place.
Its been a long road for all of us to get to this point, and I am thankful for all of your commitments to our mission. The real work begins now.
With that being said, let me say this clearly. IF there is ever a time to start putting your shoulders to the grind stone the time is now. Though we are opening officially in coming months, we are still in need of monetary donations for operational expenses, not to forget suggestions or help in grants, potential funding, sources, contacts, even equipment donations to better enable us to get this farm off to the best start possible.
Honestly I'd even take a stubborn ole Missouri mule if someone had one to lend or give.
Be well everyone and be rest assured this project is happening and will be one that brings hope, great food and opportunity to enable others to burn as bright as the sun for many years ahead.
Signing off for now,
your professional wayfarer and relentless goofball