As the sun sets on another growing season at Lundale Farm, we can’t help but celebrate all of the things YOU helped us do to grow Lundale Farm this year:
- Leased 100% of our open land to local small farmers
- Initiated a capital reserve fund with a plan for growth to ensure the long-term sustainability of our non-profit
- Implemented our Strategic Plan, with the assistance of MacIntyre Associates, by adding audit and education committees to our volunteer opportunities, and developed an LFI Employee Handbook and LFI Style Guide
- Hosted our first ever sunflower and harvest festivals where the public was able to walk throughout the farm and enjoy our sunflower field planted by longtime Lundale Farmer and neighbor, Tom Olszanowski
- Hosted 5 plein air artists in our “outdoor studio” as stop 2 on the Chester County Studio Tour in May, and raised funds from the art sold to support Lundale Farm
- Conducted two webinars for the public with the East Nantmeal Environmental Action Committee and Chester County Library to share our experience with forestry management and research into managing the forest using only organic methods
- Celebrated National Volunteer Week with several staff members from the Chester County Economic Development Council who helped restake more than 200 trees in our riparian buffers and cleaned up flower beds at the main farm and bake house
- Began implementation of our Sustainable Forest Management Plan, led by board member Dr. Kevin Hicks, supported by a $60,000 grant from USDA NRCS for new tree planting and invasive plant control using organic methods over the next several years
- Held our very first invasive plant removal day on June 13 with the help of Lundale Farmer Aaron de Long
- Undertaken countless road and stormwater improvement projects
- Partnered with West Chester University students to research attitudes toward buying local and organic foods, and to update and improve our social media outreach
Our Lundale Farm board and committees are already planning exciting things for you to enjoy in 2022. We hope you’ll join us!
- “Do I Look Like A Farmer?” A school-based agriculture education program with our Lundale Farmers and volunteers sharing what it takes to be a farmer and how to find PA grown products, supported by a matching grant from the PA Department of Agriculture – coming to elementary schools in Chester County this spring!
- Earth Day Celebration! Save the date for Sunday, April 24. The day will include a volunteer fair to learn about ways to support Lundale Farm through your gift of time, and presentations from local experts on forest management to support birds and garden planning.
- Funding the Future of our Lundale Forest! An opportunity for you and your family to invest in protecting our Lundale Farm forest as outlined in our Sustainable Forestry Management Plan.
There is so much to do, both in expanding our programming and preventing deterioration of aging structures. Your donation in any amount will help Lundale continue to achieve its goals. We encourage you to give, and help us continue to grow Lundale Farm. We also welcome matching contributions to the Lundale Farm Quasi-Endowment Fund at the Chester County Community Foundation. Gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
If your busy schedule allows you to offer time as your gift, please reach out as there are many opportunities for clean up, event planning and staffing, committee assistance, and forestry planting and clearing.
Online gifts are accepted through PayPal at lundalefarm.org/donate.
Your contribution to Lundale Farm, Inc. (a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization) enables us to go beyond making affordable land and housing available to beginning farmers by addressing their educational and professional needs. As many studies have shown, new farmers can only establish thriving enterprises if they have: ongoing technical support, business mentoring, access to capital, assistance with marketing and distribution.
Lundale Farm is dedicated to enhancing land use through productivity. Our farmers add to the common good by growing wholesome food for local residents, creating honest work, utilizing farming practices that improve soil, water and air quality, and encouraging public access to and education on their farms. Your contribution to Lundale Farm, Inc. is an investment that benefits the entire community now and in the future.
Please consider supporting Lundale Farm’s work in promoting sustainable agriculture in southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. Your contribution is deeply appreciated.
To learn more about Lundale Farm, or to schedule a tour, please call 484-558-0826 or email. We look forward to connecting with you!
Lundale Farm, PO BOX 673, Kimberton, PA 19442