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Nonprofit Nature Nurtures Farm relies on donations to serve young people in need and the rescued animals they call their friends.
Nicole Peters
Olympia, Washington
United States
14 Team Members

Who We Are 

Nature Nurtures Farm brings young people and animals together to build empathy, teach responsibility, and inspire hope.

We serve both youth and animals in need. Our nonprofit farm is a lifelong home and sanctuary to more than 100 rescued farm animals. Youth who are experiencing challenging life circumstances participate in our mentoring program, after-school program, summer camps, and volunteer opportunities caring for animals.

Young people with emotional challenges often respond to animals in ways they can’t, or won't, to fellow humans. These bonds elicit a nurturing, empathetic instinct. Learning to properly care for and understand animals develops a sense of responsibility and pride. A child whose trust was shattered by a person is far more likely to risk friendship with an animal because the animal does not ask questions, doesn't judge, and never shares his or her secrets. Animals then help to bridge communication with caring adults, forming emotional skills that lead to healthy relationships.

Why We Need You

We are committed to continuing to serve the youth and animals who need us, but we can't do it without your help. To abide by strict county regulations, we recently learned that we will need to acquire a "special use permit" -- and to get that permit we will have to complete some costly upgrades to our facility. What little revenue we generate through annual summer camps keeps our youth mentoring program afloat; without the permit, we'll no longer be able to offer these camps. So we're in a pretty tough spot.

If we can't afford to complete the upgrades required by the county, we are faced with the unthinkable prospect of having to walk away from our life's work.

What We Need

We need a total of approximately $29,000, broken down as follows:

  • $7,700: "Special use permit" fee
  • $990: Pre-submission conference
  • $4,020: SEPA State Environmental Review
  • $5,000-$7,000: Cost to drill a new well. (We're really hoping they don't have to go terribly deep! This cost could go up considerably if they have to drill a lot deeper than is typical for our area.)
  • $4,000: Engineering services for public water system, parking, and site drainage
  • $3,000: Septic design services
  • $2,600: Indiegogo and Paypal fees, perk fulfillment

Any and all funds raised will go toward the costs detailed above. If we don't meet our fundraising goal, we'll have no choice but to pull funds from our day-to-day operating budget, which will mean cutting skilled, caring staff members and perhaps ceasing our youth mentoring program -- the lifeblood of what we do -- entirely.

If we surpass our goal, we'll use any additional funds to expand our mentoring and after-school programs to serve more youth in need. 

Our History

Nature Nurtures Farm, the life's vision of Nicole Peters, was founded and incorporated in April 2012. Modeled after the successful Green Chimneys program in New York, Nature Nurtures Farm offers a diverse array of programs designed to bring children and animals together for educational and emotionally beneficial experiences.

During summer of 2013, Nature Nurtures Farm welcomed a total of 197 children for farm and horse day camps, run primarily by volunteers. We have nearly three dozen young people enrolled in our mentoring program who struggle with social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties.

Your Impact

The programs offered at Nature Nurtures Farm promote and strengthen children's emotional health and family relationships. Nature Nurtures Farm is dedicated to providing educational, therapeutic, and recreational services to youth and families in a safe and peaceful environment that fosters dignity, compassion, and respect for all living things. Most programs offer extensive opportunities for participants to interact with the farm's many rescued animals.

Your donation will help ensure that we can continue to serve the young people who count on us and the animals we care for.

What You Get

We're offering some super rewards for certain donation levels! Check out the list directly to your right. Questions about our perks? Just email them to: info@naturenurturesfarm.org

*Please note: We are a licensed nonprofit in the state of Washington and have submitted our 501c3 application; the IRS is in the process of reviewing it. This qualifies us as a provisional tax-exempt nonprofit, which means we can offer you a tax-deductible donation receipt even though we are not a "verified nonprofit" through Indiegogo. Please let us know if you would like us to issue you one, or if you have any questions.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you're not able to contribute financially, you can still help!

  • Share our campaign with your social network via Facebook, Twitter, and email. Talk about us with your friends and coworkers. The more people who know we need help, the better our chances of receiving it.
  • It's easy to share our campaign with Indiegogo's share options!

Find This Campaign On
raised by 140 people in 2 months
52% funded
No time left
$29,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on November 8, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $25USD
    Your name on our website

    We'll list you among our valued supporters on NatureNurturesFarm.org. This is a great gift, a way to honor or remember someone, or just a way to show the community you care. *Please note whether you want someone else's name listed for gifts or memorials. (And tell us who!)

    33 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    Nature Nurtures Farm T-Shirt

    Get your name listed on our website (if you desire), then send us your size and you'll be looking good in no time!

    21 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $250USD
    Private farm tour

    Receive all of the above and enjoy a private tour of the farm for your family or group. We'll contact you to schedule the tour at a time that works for you.

    3 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $500USD
    Name an animal at NNF!

    Receive all of the above, plus have naming rights to one of our delightful, rescued animal residents. We'll send you a photo; you pick the name you think fits best.

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Breakfast with our founder

    Receive all of the above, plus breakfast with our founder and director, Nicole Peters, at a local spot. Guaranteed to be full of flavor, locally owned, and involve too much coffee.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Name our chicken coop

    Receive all of the above, plus get a big plaque honoring you or anyone you choose on our chicken coop! This is a lasting contribution, and will be acknowledged (and appreciated!) in a lasting way.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Name our new well!

    Receive all of the above, plus you'll have a well to name! We'll place a wishing well by the well head of our newly drilled public water system, and we'll honor your generous donation with a plaque on this wishing well.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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