Building a Sustainable, Free, Community For All

Philanthropist-Farmer crusades to make sure ALL families have access to nutritionally dense, chemical-free food+unlimited free produce!
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Tyler Boggs
Food
Sherwood, Oregon
United States
5 Team Members

"How can you possibly provide free food to families in need?" is a question I'm asked a lot. My wife and I have been picking up fruit, vegetables, spent grains, and waste vegetable oil from a few local distributors for quite some time, using these resources to feed our livestock, make fuel, and keep our food costs down for our clients. Many of the vegetables we'd pick up, however, were in wonderful shape, so we decided to reach out to see if there were any local families in need who may be interested in a free food source. 

The response was overwhelming. Families began flooding to the farm, showering us with gratitude and appreciation for sharing the "extra" produce we had. I was shocked at the number of families in our backyard who are struggling to put food on the table, so we increased what we were picking up in an effort to allow everyone in need to glean whatever fruits, vegetables, and local grains they can for their family (and friends) to use-free of charge.

We have been doing this for nearly 12 months now, and the demand is growing faster than we've been able to keep up. The loads have become so large both my body and equipment are breaking. I have thrown my back out three times, I broke the axle on my livestock trailer, and blew through the lock-hitch on my old flatbed trying to bring food back to the farm. My wife and I have finally come to the realization we are unable to continue this crusade without help; we need safer equipment. When we announced this to the community, there was an outcry, and they begged us to run a fundraising campaign.

What we need is very simple. The relationships with the distributors are already established, and the families are already showing up. I have done all the promotion and networking necessary, and have multiple distributors ready to donate more food as soon as I am able to haul it. My farm truck is not capable of hauling the quantity of food the community needs, so a vehicle capable of towing 10,000 lbs up a fairly steep hill is the first priority.  Next, we need a trailer that's safe (as none of the current trailers even have brakes).  A cooler to store food for families unable to show up on Fridays, will not only make it possible for people to show up and receive food assistance seven days a week, substantially increasing the number of people who benefit from what we do, but it will also radically increase and enhance food safety. Additional funding will be used to install a simple lift-gate on the truck, fix the tractor, and repair the brakes to our existing forklift so we can load and unload safely.

I am a farmer. I have no issue with working hard, and I am accustomed to pinching pennies, repairing my own equipment, and stretching everything we have. Every penny will be well-used, and every step of the project will be documented (so you can follow along) on Facebook. 

The Budget

I have found a few trucks capable of hauling 3 tons in the bed and towing the remaining weight, and all have been between $8,000 and $12,000. I am confident we can secure one for under $10,000.

I have a gentleman with a wonderful 5-ton flatbed trailer with new brakes willing to sell it for $10,000 (a reduction of $3000 to support the cause). 

The lift gate will be $1,000 installed, and we can get the tractor and forklift repaired for $6,000 total.  

The remaining funds will be used to purchase and install a walk-in cooler.  I have an electrical company willing to do the installation at 50% of the retail rates (because of the immense need for what we do in the community), and I can purchase the cooler unit used for $6,000. 

Any extra money we raise (above the fees we will need to pay) will be used to improve on-site facilities.

As I've said before, I am willing to do the work.  I have poured thousands of dollars out already, and am more than willing to continue to do so to provide for those in need...I just need a little help to increase safety and expand the number of families we can serve.


The Impact

The success of this project will allow me to serve families in need in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Yamhill Counties for the next 20+ years.

Other Ways You Can Help

Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:

  • Share our vision, our passion and our mission. Help us by sharing this along on your Facebook page.
  • Do you have connections? If you can help us find a vehicle, trailer, equipment repair, or other tools/materials, please message us/share.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools located on this page.
  • Come out to the farm to see for yourself! We offer free tours Fridays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and on Saturdays at 2:00 pm.


$16,202USD
raised by 236 people in 1 month
51% funded
0 time left
$32,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on May 28, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Postcard

    Receive a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce), with notes from some of the local families who depend on this program thanking you for making it possible for us to continue this service.

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  • $20USD
    Farm Visit, Bumper Sticker

    Bring the family to the farm to feed baby cows, pet baby goats, and let us say "thank you" in person with a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce), with notes from some of the local families who depend on this program thanking you for making it possible for us to continue this service.

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  • $30USD
    Feed Baby Cows

    Bring the family to the farm to feed baby cows, pet baby goats, and take home a dozen free eggs, plus a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce), with notes from some of the local families who depend on this program thanking you for making it possible for us to continue this service.

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  • $40USD
    T-Shirt

    Receive a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-Shirt along with a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce), with notes from some of the local families who depend on this program thanking you for making it possible for us to continue this service.

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  • $50USD
    Chicken

    Receive a Cage-Free, Chemical-Free, Heritage Chicken...Farm-Fresh or Frozen, at your convenience! Plus, receive a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce), with notes from some of the local families who depend on this program thanking you for making it possible for us to continue this service.

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  • $75USD
    Sweatshirt

    Receive a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms hoodie, along with a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce), with notes from some of the local families who depend on this program thanking you for making it possible for us to continue this service.

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  • $100USD
    Farmer Ride-Along

    Earn the ability to "Ride-Along" with the farmer, picking up the vegetables, and delivering them to the excited families at the farm! Plus, receive your choice of a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie, along with a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce),

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  • $150USD
    Farm Tour

    • Get a personalized tour of the Heart 2 Heart Farms facilities with one of the co-founders/farmers (at your convenience) • locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie • Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker • Signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew

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  • $200USD
    Dinner

    • Join us at the farm for a personalized farm tour, followed by a wonderful home-cooked, farm-fresh dinner and Q&A session with the farmers • receive your choice of a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie • Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker • signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday"

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    Legacy of Giving Wood Plaque

    Have your name engraved on our "Thank You for Creating a Legacy of Giving" solid wood plaque displayed at the front of the Heart 2 Heart Farms estate, AND receive your choice of a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie, along with a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew (including the recipients of the free produce).

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  • $500USD
    Sustainability Consultation

    You will be given access to one-on-one sustainability consulting and coaching from the founder of Heart 2 Heart Farms. You will also have your name engraved on our "Thank You for Creating a Legacy of Giving" solid wood plaque displayed at the front of the property, AND your choice of a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie, along with a Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard of our "Free-Vegetable-Friday" crew.

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  • $1,000USD
    Hand Carved Wood Sign

    • Hand-carved wooden sign of YOUR design to display at your home. • access to one-on-one sustainability consulting and coaching from the founder of Heart 2 Heart Farms. • Your name will be engraved on our "Thank You for Creating a Legacy of Giving" solid wood plaque displayed at the front of the property • your choice of a locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie, • Heart 2 Heart Farms bumper-sticker

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  • $1,500USD
    1/4 cow or 1/2 pig or lamb

    • Receive your choice of 1/4 cow, or 1/2 pig or lamb within the year (must be picked up when available) • Access to one-on-one sustainability, homesteading, and permaculture consulting and coaching • You will receive a hand-carved wooden plaque and have your name engraved on our "Thank You for Creating a Legacy of Giving” plaque displayed at the property • locally produced Limited Edition Heart 2 Heart Farms T-shirt or hoodie • Bumper-sticker and a signed photograph postcard

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  • $2,000USD
    1/2 cow or Pig or Lamb

    • Your choice of 1/2 cow, or an entire pig or lamb within the year (must be picked up when available • You will be given access to one-on-one sustainability, homesteading, and permaculture consulting and coaching from the founder of Heart 2 Heart Farms • A hand-carved wooden plaque, in addition to having your name engraved on our "Thank You for Creating a Legacy of Giving" solid wood plaque displayed at the front of the property, *Also a hoodie/t-shirt, bumper sticker and post card.

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