My name is Jeff, and I've asked The Wileys to send this out on my behalf. I realize that there are many of you that are not on social media, or whom I haven't had the pleasure of meeting & I hoped to grab a few minutes to fill you in on a fundraising drive I put together (with the help of a few other shareholders).
A tractor fire, rising repair & feed costs and the aging infrastructure at the 100 year old ranch are compounding into a make or break time in its history.There are a few hundred of us, and I know that we can make a huge impact if we act as one.
I'm edging up on my 10th year as a shareholder, and I have spent 5 of those years on the board of CFAM. I know Doug & Kim well. We all know the value of the farm, and the food and sustenance it provides us. I'm calling on everyone in our community to join together and give in order to protect Larga Vista, for the Wileys, and for all of us for years to come.
Doug recently shared a story with me about Killian & Doran being old enough to take care of their first calves. He lit up when he talked about their enthusiasm and desire to take on this responsibility. We talked about how learning to care for these animals would eventually lead to helping to pay for their college tuition. It struck me and reminded me of how my choice to spend my dollars with their farm directly impacts them all. It's a lesson worth teaching our kids, whether their farming, or supporting a local farm or business. It's about conscious effort.
One day I hope to meet Killian or Doran at the farm, or the market. I hope that the legacy of their family's farm lives on for many decades to come and that my kids know the drive to Boone, CO. as well as I do. But, If it doesn't suit either of Doug & Kim's boys or their families to farm, let it be their choice. Let us give them the opportunity to make that choice. That is why it's important for us to step up now.
I have a list of repairs that Doug provided and some associated costs for each of them. I'm happy to pass that along to anyone who wants to sponsor a specific project or is interested in helping out with labor or materials. All in all we're trying to pool $25,000 to fix or replace broken equipment, complete building maintenance, and to invest in a new irrigation system to defray the costs of buying hay.
Here is the link for donating:
Time is always of the essence. Please let me know at that link if you have any questions or concerns.
All the best,