Leaving a Legacy: Our Forefathers' Farm

Be a part of a journey to save a farm in jeopardy, reunite a family, and make a father-son dream a reality for generations to come.
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Zack & Bethany Schultz
Food
Chetek, Wisconsin
United States
2 Team Members


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Every Farm Has a Story

Schultz Farm was founded in 1995 by a farmer named Gerry and his son, Dave, in Northwestern Wisconsin. Over the years, it became a unique place that fed local families and entertained thousands of school children each fall. It was also a sanctuary for thousands of farm animals: sheep, cows, horses, miniature horses, donkeys, llamas, potbelly pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and peacocks. It has been a farm loved by its farmers and the community for the past 18 years, but sadly it all could soon be lost.

Our Farm's Story (Shorter Version of Film - 2:53):



In 2007, Gerry lost his decade-long battle with cancer. At the same time, Dave's son, Zack, was attending Liberty University in Virginia. The working hands on the farm fell from three down to one. Dave single-handedly worked a full-time job an hour from home, attended to his mother who battles health problems that come with age, and ran a farm full of hungry mouths to feed. Without time to do everything, he had to shrink the size of the flock and close their annual community pumpkin patch.


Dad's Love For Animals (2:35):


Zack and his wife, Bethany, have made it their life goal to pay off their college loans and move back to the family farm. Zack dreams of farming with his dad, just like Dave did with his father, Gerry. With Zack's grandmother's health now declining, Zack and Bethany desperately need to purchase her house and portion of the land soon. Otherwise, the entire farm will be sold.

With your support, you can help Zack and his wife acquire this land that is in jeopardy, reunite his family on the farm his forefathers built, and make a father-son dream a reality for generations to come.

Bethany's First Time On The Farm (1:21): 



Your Impact on our Family

A word from Zack

We need to raise $40,000 in 40 days to purchase my grandmother's portion of the farm and rejoin my family back to Wisconsin on the beautiful land I grew up on. We know this goal is huge, but we also know with a lot of caring people, hard work and many nights of prayer anything is possible. If we are blessed to receive more than our goal amount, all funds will go to repair the barn's roof and foundation. It is a trademark of the farm and we would love it to stand for another 75 years.

If we do not raise enough, it will leave my parents landlocked resulting in them selling their half of the farm also. At this point, the money raised will be used to do the repairs needed to sell the farm and purchase another smaller farm together. This way our dream of farming together can still come true.

Your gift will bring new life to our family and help keep our dream alive.

Be a part of our journey to reunite our family and save our forefathers' farm. You can choose from our unique gifts pertaining to your contribution amount that will come directly from the hearts that care for the farm you saved.

Every contributor's name will be added to the gratitude section of our official website and Facebook page. If you want to stay anonymous, we will still place you in the section as "anonymous."

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This campaign ended on November 16, 2013
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  • $20USD
    The Wooly Dorset

    During lambing season, Gerry spent all day in the barn to help make sure every lamb was given the chance to survive. He never took any blessing for granted. We feel the same about each gift given in this campaign. It honestly means the world to us. Any one who generously gives $20 or more will have their name included on the gratitude section of our Facebook page. You can stay anonymous if desired. We promise we will never forget what you have given and will forever pay it forward.

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  • $50USD
    The Speckled Appaloosa

    Sunny, the speckled Appaloosa horse, was the one and only race horse to live on Schultz Farm. She was one of our prized family members. Seeing her beauty gallop through the fields all those years brought so much joy to our lives. Any one who generously gives $50 or more will receive a handwritten letter from all of us. The envelope will also include a film photograph of the Schultz Family taken on the farm this Thanksgiving to always remind you of the family you helped bring back together.

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  • $100USD
    The Honorable Entrance

    If the campaign is successful, we plan to create a new entrance to the farm. As gratitude for your gift, anyone who gives $100 or more will have their name plaque appear on the beautiful entrance sign. This will bear your name, or if you wish to dedicate the gift to a loved one, their name. You may also choose to be anonymous if desired. Your legacy will forever be remembered for the new life you helped bring to our land.

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  • $250USD
    The Noble BlueCrop

    We have been working over the past few years to grow a fully functioning pick-your-own blueberry patch. It is one of our goals to make a place for families to come year-round to find peacefulness away from the busy world and spend time with their family. By giving to our campaign you can keep this dream alive. Everyone who gives a gift of $250 will have a plaque in their name attached to a row of the blueberries. Your legacy will forever be remembered on the farm you helped save.

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  • $500USD
    The English Oak

    If the campaign is successful, we plan to line our 1/4 mile driveway with Oak trees that will last for generations. As gratitude for your gift, a tree will be planted in your honor with an accompanying plaque. The plaque will bear your name(s), or if you wish to dedicate the tree to a loved one, their name. Every time we drive into our long driveway, you will be remembered as one of the giving people who helped breathe new life to our farm and brought our family back together.

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  • $1,000USD
    The King Of The North

    This past year, Schultz farm planted the first few sections of a future 30 acre vineyard. Our goal is to not only produce food for our local community but also host weddings and other community functions in this location. With your gift of $1000, a large plaque will be placed in a section of the vineyard bearing your name(s), or if you wish to dedicate it to a loved one, their name. Your gift will forever be remembered as what helped keep our dream alive.

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  • $5,000USD
    The Royal Prairie Barn

    Our red prairie barn has always been the trademark of Schultz Farm. It has housed thousands of loved farm animals through the years: sheep, horses, miniature horses, donkeys, llamas, potbelly pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and peacocks. It is the place where Gerry taught hundreds of school groups about the joy of farming. With your generous gift, the barn will forever be named after you or a loved one. Your giving legacy will never be forgotten and forever be planted on Schultz Farm.

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