We hope everyone is having a great summer so far!
We’ve a few updates on life at the farm …
We were proud to be on full display at the recent PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Fishing Tournament and glad we are able to partner with them.
Our gardens are beginning to fill out. We have enough to have produce at the Wadsworth Farmer’s Market. Come on out and support us every Friday from 2-7.
Our young chicks are not looking so little anymore, they are out and about as are the matriarchs.
The horses are out and enjoying the weather, they’d love some extra attention.
We are disappointed to report that our fund raising efforts via Indiegogo were not much of a success. We will try again this fall in the hopes that we can get some of our projects completed in 2015.
Remember to come visit us… we’re here 7 days a week!
As many of you know, we are working on all kinds of projects here at the farm. At this time, we are asking for some financial assistance from our supporters to enable us to continue to support military veterans and their families.
To that end, we are running an Indiegogo fundraising campaign and are asking for everyone to take a look, consider contributing and, very importantly, share our campaign with friends and businesses you know that might consider supporting us.
We are seeking funding for several different necessities and projects including:
- Duck pond improvements
- Well for fresh water
- Barn Improvements
- Equine Program
- Flush Toilets
We thank all of your for your support and consideration, we’ll keep you posted on our progress and our projects as they move forward.
Happy Spring from Freedom Farm. Things are growing and blooming here at the farm. If you haven’t been in awhile, you really need to stop and smell the flowers :)
We had some sad news in the loss of our furry friend Elle who has greeted visitors at the farm daily since opening and will be sorely missed by all of us.
On a brighter note, we’ve got some adorable new chics that are almost ready for y’all to come and visit.
And best of all, the folks at DK Contractors (who donated and delivered the stone) and Tuff Shed made possible these awesome new clubhouse (and a handicap bathroom) for our Kids Ranks kids … the Tuff Shed guys worked past dark to get these done! We are so thankful and these are absolutely awesome.
Elle … we will miss you!
Baby Chics on their first adventure outside.
Club Houses going up fast!
Club Houses Getting Closer …
Club Houses are up … awesome!
Club House bathrooms are done too. How cool!
We have a couple of updates to share for spring …
We want to share with you our new partnership with the PFC Geoffrey Morris Fishing Tournament. The tournament is held annually in June on the weekend after Fathers Day at North Point Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois (June 26-28, 2015). The Tournament proceeds will benefit the Heroes of Freedom Memorial and Freedom Farm for Vets. Its purpose is to assist the families of our serviceman or woman from all branches whether Active, Reservist or Veterans status. 2015 is the 11th annual tournament.
We also want to share our excitement about the Heroes of Freedom Memorial, a memorial that is being built in the wonderful city of Wauconda to honor ALL Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. This effort was started by Kirk Morris, father of PFC Geoffrey Morris, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, along with a wonderful group of volunteers.
We are very proud to be partnering with these two groups and hope you share our enthusiasm and support for these two efforts.
We also have to thank Maddie once again, because of the article in the Zion News … Temple Farms donated a truck load of hay for our horses. Thanks Again Maddie!
There were many new changes I was going to include in the post for the farm this month, but I decided instead to post this amazing story written by the mother of a true gift of a child. This story really needs no intro other than to say that all the participants are neighbors to the farm and have supported us from the beginning. This act by this beautiful ten-year old, and the reactions it generated from the adults around her is amazing and truly heart warming. Maddie has touched our hearts and has inspired us to never give up on our mission. THANK YOU MADISON. Till next month, enjoy….
Our daughter, Madison, turned 10 on January 22.
Madison came to us and said that several of her friends were asking her what she wanted for her birthday. She said that she really did not need or want anything because she received everything she wanted for Christmas. We asked her what she had in mind. She said she would ask her friends to donate the money they would have spent on her birthday gift to the Freedom Farm for Veterans. She knew that the animals would benefit.
So Maddie had her birthday party and raised $250.00 from the generosity of her wonderful friends from Kenosha Montessori School and Scamps Gymnastics. Last Saturday Maddie was so very excited to deliver that check to John at the farm.
Later that Saturday evening, we received a call from a lady named Cassandra. She explained she had heard of Maddie’s donation earlier that day and wanted to reward Madison with a check for $250 for her to spend on herself. We explained that was very generous however that we could not accept such a lofty gift. So Cassandra gave her the option to keep some, or donate some to the farm. Maddie, without hesitation, immediately chose to donate the money to the farm. On Sunday we met Cassandra in person and she came to the farm with us to present John with the generous donation.
Since that day the blessings continue to multiply. On Sunday afternoon we went to complete our taxes and Cathy Martin of Martin Tax Service in Kenosha generously told us to have Madison donate what she would have charged us to complete our taxes to the farm. Then that same day while my husband was at work, Captain Maccari of the Kenosha Police Department generously donated money to the farm and a beautiful challenge coin for Madison. Yesterday Madison’s Godmother also made a donation.
It is truly amazing how one random act of generosity from a ten-year old child has grown into almost $700 in contributions for the Freedom Farm. Madison loves her trips to the farm and we can only hope that her act of kindness continues to inspire others to help support the farm.
ZB News 3-19-15 page A8
We mentioned in our Thanksgiving message that we’re trying to help rehab a home for two brothers who are disabled as a result of their service. The Zion Benton News featured a story on this project in their Christmas edition. We’ve received permission to post this article, below.