Donations to the Farm
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
We have donated thousands of hours of our time over the years to teaching and sharing our knowledge and do this with hope of inspiring others to do the same. For us to continue as farmers, we need to receive a fair and reliable income so we can think beyond our immediate struggle to survive. We need your help to grow the next generation of farmers, expand our educational opportunities and support projects at Greentree Naturals so we can continue to grow and thrive as a sustainable small acreage farm.
If you would like to become a sponsor or make a donation to any of the projects listed below, your dollars will be used to sustain Greentree Naturals mission statement. Some day, we hope to become a non-profit entity so your investment in our farm will be tax deductable. For now, we pay taxes on everything that comes to us.
Any size donation is welcome and your generosity is greatly appreciated. A contribution of $50 or more entitles you to a Greentree Naturals Farm Membership for one year. Members will receive our quarterly newsletter and a certificate of appreciation. Most importantly, every sponsor will know that they are directly helping preserve this small farms livelihood and support the education of future generations of food production.
We absolutely respect your privacy and will never share our donor list with another organization. We subscribe to the highest ethics while raising funds for the farm, seeking always to support our basic mission through your gifts.
We welcome your assistance and sincerely appreciate your involvement. We have several ways that you can show your support for Greentree Naturals.
Please consider any of these projects as worthy of your financial support (descriptions are below):
You can donate using your credit card by clicking this button and typing in a donation amount in the window that appears.
Scholarship for the Organic Gardening workshop series: $157.50
We have been teaching this workshop series since 1996, and started it as a part of our apprenticeship program to assure an educational focus for students. Requests from the community have opened this up for local growers to participate, as well as provide opportunities for apprentices from other farms to come and learn. We have had 140 “graduates” of the organic gardening workshop series since we started it. We would credit hand-out materials with your name as a supporter (if you want it).
We believe in the idea of “Give a man to fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will be eat for the rest of his life.”
Details on the What’s Happening on the Farm page.
Apprentice scholarships: $800.00
We have hosted 27 farm-based apprenticeships since 1996 and hope to expand our program. An apprentice scholarship will pay for workshops, hand-outs, notebook, gloves, CSA share, food, housing, showers, and supplement our donation of time investment teaching and mentoring students and future farmers.
Details on our Apprentice page
Purchase a CSA share for a low income family: $500.50
Our CSA program began in 1998. We have been providing “scholarships” for low income families over the years, offering them full or half price for their CSA share and simply cannot afford to do this anymore without your help. This is a 14 week program that provides nutritious, certified organic, farm fresh produce to our community members.
Details on our CSA page.
Sponsor a Pumpkin Project: $150.00
This educational program teaches children to think about where their food comes from and gives a pumpkin to each participating child. We have gifted our time and over 400 pumpkins to local 1st and 2nd grade students. We have done this as a donation for many years and as with other things, it has become a deficit. We need sponsorship to continue this project.
We would credit hand-out materials with your name as a supporter (if you want it).
Details on the Pumpkin Project page.
Educational farm tours: $150.00
Every summer, we host a number of farm tours for local schools and agricultural education groups. This takes extensive preparation & hours away from our time that should be spent farming. While we are happy to make a contribution to these groups, it is creating a financial deficit for our farm.
Help us continue to give group tours. In the past five years, we have had over 1,500 people come for farm tours including the Homeschoolers of Bonner County, Monarch School from Noxon, Montana, Waldorf School, Bonner County Master Gardeners, University of Idaho, Washington State University, Montana State University, and Idaho Ag in the Classroom. We would credit hand-out materials and promotions with your name as a supporter (if you want it).
In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.
~ Albert Clarke
Adopt a hoop house: $300.00
Hoop houses are an integral part of food production in this part of the country. We utilize nine of them for growing food, and have to replace the greenhouse plastic every three seasons of use. The prices continue to increase for shipping and are making it cost prohibitive for upkeep. We would credit your “adoption” with relevant signage (if you want it).
Adopt a Garden gate: $200.00
The past two winters have devastated two of the garden gates. They are both now propped up with boards to keep them from falling down because we can not meet the expense of replacing the wood.
We would give you credit for your “adoption” with relevant signage (if you want it).
Adopt a Chicken: $25.00
Chickens are wonderful birds and have become an integral part of the farm. They not only provide us with eggs but they eat weeds and help keep the bad bugs off of the fruit trees. Your “adoption” would pay for feed, hay and care for the life of a very happy chicken.
Sustainable Greenhouse System
We will create a sustainable energy model for alternative energy associated with greenhouse production.
We have the structure up and are researching alternative and energy efficient systems and I am writing a grant to attempt to set this up as a demonstration greenhouse.
- Water -We need to refurbish the old well house and rework the well by replacing the sand point and bury water lines to provide water to the greenhouse (includes cost of pipes and rental for machine to dig the trenches). Estimated cost: $1,700
- Electricity – To connect to Northern Lights Electric Company cost: $2,300
- Wiring the greenhouse for electric and solar estimated cost: $3,000
- Alternative Solar utility interface inverter to grid system: $2,500
- Solar panels - $1,000 each X 4= $4,000
- Solar installation - $2,000
We are so grateful for your financial support!
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie