Since we moved to Middletown and started Blue Faerie Farm, we have watched the focus of our lives shift continuously closer to our local communities. We keep up with local happenings, get to know more and more of our neighbors, take part in local events and participate in our communities' economy, and doing as much business as possible with small, independently owned businesses. We feel strongly that independent, family run farms are a vital part of the community both as a resource and as an economic entity. After all, what could be more fundamental to a sense of community than the breaking of bread and sharing of food? What better place for that food to come from than a trusted, responsible, local farm that is a member of that community?
What we propose is akin to social funding mechanisms such as Kickstarter or Go Fund Me and harkens back to the concept of community pulling together to investing in important resources (for the dramatic example, think of the Building and Loan from It's a Wonderful Life). In this case, we are offering the opportunity to invest in your local farm and help us supply a wider variety of clean, wholesome foods back to our friends and neighbors!
As you may have noticed through our website and facebook page, we have added chickens to our farm. We aren't just trying to have a few chickens so we can offer something else at farmers' markets, we are trying to develop a flock of sufficient size to significantly help control pests in our orchard, provide a dependable supply of "clean" - meaning arsenic and chemical free - chicken fertilizer, and to have an appreciable impact in our farm's economic sustainability. While we have gotten a start, we would really like to see this project get up and run as opposed to slowly creep along. Toward this end, we are asking for your help gentle reader, to help us grow and be a better farm for you!