Saturday June 10th, some of our volunteers from the Navy base as well as some of us from the farm spent the day helping out a Gold Star Family pouring and setting concrete for their new back patio at their home. Thank you to all our volunteers for your continued help and support in our organization.
The time has come for us to get a new tractor, as it is getting more and more difficult to find parts for ours. We have set up a GoFundMe account, the link is below. Please feel free to copy the link and share on your social media if you like. We thank you for your continued support to our organization, we cannot do what we do without it.
We are in a social media contest with our bank. Our bank has nominated us in a fun social media voting contest. There are six (6) rounds of voting, bracket style. We need your vote. Please follow the link below to get to their Facebook page. Once on there, scroll down until you see our logo. “like” the photo to cast your vote. There will be 5 cash winners: 1 grand prize and 4 additional winners. Thank you again for all your support.
Heartland Bank employees have nominated 64 charities to go head to head for a chance at the $1,500 grand prize and $250 for four finalists. The best part…YOU can help choose the winner. Look for our Charity Bracket Buster posts and vote for your favorite charity. Voting starts March 14.
How to vote:
1. “Like” the Heartland Bank Facebook page above.
2. Like the photo with your favorite Charity’s logo.
After six rounds of voting over 3 weeks, one charity will be declared the winner.
Click on the link to the page, you’ll have to scroll through their posts a bit to get to our logo.
Saturday, October 22nd from 1-7pm was our annual Fall Festival and a great time was had by all who joined us. The day turned out beautifully. We had all kinds of activities for kids including pumpkin painting, cornhole/bean bag toss, and even horseshoes just to name a few. We had a spray on tattoo artist, 50/50 raffle, as well as our farm store and a wonderful bake sale. Thank you to our board members and all our volunteers who helped put this event on and make this a huge success. If you joined us, thank you very much for coming out, we hope you had a wonderful time and will come join us throughout the year as well as at next year’s event.
The link below will take you to the photo album from our event on our Facebook page but here are a few teasers
July 23rd, VFW Riders Post 1865 put on a Poker Run benefiting the Freedom Farm for Vets. Over 100 riders and supporters showed up despite the drenching rain and participated throughout the day into the evening hours. It sure was a wet one, the VFW even lost power for several hours but that didn’t stop people from hanging out, participating in raffles, all by candlelight! That day we also received our beautiful monument that now sits at the entry gate to the farm. There are not enough words to say thank you for the constant love and support you have given us.
August 28th, we held a Pig Roast at the farm for our VFW Riders as a way to say “thank you” and to have everyone come spend the afternoon at the farm. Over 30 riders and friends and family came out for the afternoon. We had roasted pig sandwiches that had been on the spit since early that morning, homemade potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans. We were also presented a check for $5,000 raised from the Poker Run, as well as we were given an on the spot donation of $300 from the Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club. We presented Rob, President of the Riders Group, with our first hand-made donor plaque. We cannot say thank you enough, there just aren’t enough words, for believing in what we do and for your constant love and support in what we are doing for those who deserve and need it most. Please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomFarmForVets/photos for all the photos from the event but here are just a few.
Many of you may remember Miss Maddie, our little girl whose birthday wish last year was for the money that people would give her to be donated directly to the Freedom Farm. Friends and family followed her wishes and along with some local businesses who donated as well, a grand total of $1800 was collected and donated to the Freedom Farm. Tempel Farms is who we get our hay and straw from for the horses and chickens, because of Maddie’s generosity; they now completely donate as much hay and straw as we need.
In early July, the farm received a new horse donated by the Alea Roberts, as she was headed off to college and the workforce and would not be able to put in the time to care for Athena. It was decided that beautiful Athena would be given to Maddie to return the Magic of Kindness in full circle. This, however was a complete surprise, Maddie had no idea that on a Saturday afternoon when she accompanied her parents up the street to visit the farm, she would receive the gift of a lifetime.
Winter is over! The Freedom Farm is back to regular hours!
Season Six promises to be a very busy year for the Farm. We started off by reigniting our Rose Program, delivering roses to our heroes at the VA (see the Rose Program page for pics from the Valentines Day deliveries.) Our volunteer core will begin spring clean-up starting with the Navy Chiefs on March 25th and continuing once each month throughout the summer season. Along with the Chiefs, the recruits from RTC will also be out once a month to donate time to help us maintain the farm and care for our animals. U.S. Cellular is bringing out a group of employees to help with the planting of our gardens on May 11th.They will be on the farm for the entire day, and we should be able to complete our planting at this time.
We have had a new group extend their arms to help us continue our mission. The VFW Riders from Kenosha Wisconsin is stepping up to raise funds by doing a Poker Run on July 23 (see flyers below). This group of heroes donated our new flags for the season (see pic at the end of this paragraph) and became our first $100.00 corporate members. We were also invited to speak at the VFW District Council Meeting. This support will go a long way in helping our farms as they spread throughout the country.
We have been fortunate to partner with JAIDA Design Corp. a L3C company that intends to employ veterans and special needs individuals to produce the product line. This partnership will give the Freedom Farm a firm funding source with which to carry out its mission, helping veterans and our military & families in any way we can. Look for the JAIDA line in stores in the near future!
The Freedom Farm has gone through many growing pains the past five years. We have experienced turnover in our volunteers and Board of Directors, and this is to be expected in an all-volunteer organization. There is a true vision and plan for the growth of the farm, and we will stay the course. We take pride in the fact that we have spent every donation for our veterans and their families.
All of us who work to make the Freedom Farm operate donate their time – we have no payroll. These are special people, and we do it because we realize that we owe everything to these heroes, and that the highest honor a person can possess is to be a called a veteran. No vote or any amount of money can buy you that honor, each must decide to step up and serve. The staff and volunteers at the Freedom Farm respect and honor these brave men and women, and help them and their families in any way we can..
Stop by and pay us a visit or see us at the Wadsworth Farmers Market every Friday throughout the summer,
“If we don’t try, we don’t do.”