Let's Buy the Farm!

Help us protect farmland, promote local food production and create a sustainable way of life.
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Lorraine Tao
Food
Sooke, British Columbia
Canada
5 Team Members

Our Story.

We are a group of sustainability-minded people who have rallied together to buy and protect a 153 acre farm in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. We’ve made an offer of $1.6 million, it was accepted, and we have until April 1st to raise enough money to close the deal.

150 acre farm in Sooke, BC, Canada

The fabulous old homestead is within walking distance of Sooke's town centre (buses, shops, markets). It is a 150 acre, diverse piece of land with a large tract of second growth forest, 50 acres of cleared farmland/pastures (with the potential for more), and a year round salmon bearing creek.

We have applied to become The Sooke Region Farmland Trust Society to protect the land and water so it may never be developed.

We then intend to establish an Ecovillage Farm Co-operative where we will provide convenient access to fresh, locally grown organic produce to a community of over 11,000, develop ecologically-minded energy sources and building practices, and encourage farming as a viable occupation for families and individuals by keeping the costs of participation as low as possible

Why protect farmland?

Protecting farmland is an important way to preserve our local food sources and stay in touch with how our food is produced. By making sure local farms stay farms, we safeguard our ability to eat locally, live sustainably and preserve the integrity of the planet.

In our region, 47% of the farmland has been removed from protection by governing bodies in recent years.

We are raising money to help reverse that trend and create a model for living that can sustain a whole community for the future.

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Help start an Ecovillage.

The Ecovillage Farm Co-op we envision will be a working farm that produces many, many foods and animal products and will support many, many enterprises to serve the surrounding community. These will include: fruit orchards, bee keeping, seed cultivation, fresh herbs and produce, animal husbandry, a farm stand market, a café, a commercial kitchen, workshops, apprenticeships, an After School Farm Club, cheese making, community gardens, farm table dinners, CSA and Cow Share programs, and a village of eco-friendly homes for the people committed to running the farm.

Why should I donate?

Are you worried about the current fossil-fuel-dependent food system?

Do you want to be a part of a movement toward a better way of living on the planet?

Would you like to be able to come to the farm someday to visit or live?

We have until April 10th to raise enough money to finalize the deal to buy and protect the farm. We are part of the way there with the money we’ve pooled between us, but we need to raise $1 million before the deadline. We will be applying for grants and we have the ability to get a mortgage, but since the farm will not be earning money immediately, and infrastructure like roads and buildings will need to be put in, a large mortgage would cripple us. If we don’t raise enough funds, we will be forced to back out.

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Our first goal is to raise $35,000 to help pay the down payment we’ll owe on April 10th.

Your donation will go to The Sooke Region Farmland Trust Society to protect this 150 acres of farmland and create an Ecovillage Farm Co-op that we hope will become a model for sustainable living.

If you donate, you will become one of the many supporters who are making this dream possible. We will honor your gift in the manner of your choice (see perks).

What happens if I don’t donate?

If we aren't able to raise enough funds, we will be forced to terminate our contract and the farm will go back on the market.

If we don't raise enough funds, our ability to create a vibrant Ecovillage Farm Co-op will be lost.

What happens to my donation if you don't move forward?

If we are unable to move forward with protecting the farm, everyone who has donated will be given three options: 1. A 100% refund, 2. A refund minus our indiegogo fees (4% if we reach our goal, 9% if we don't), or 3. Allow us to hold your donation for a year to see if we can find a way to move forward either with this property or another one. If after a year, we are unable to move forward, we will give you the option of 1 or 2.

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We can do this.

We are already part of the way there, but we can't do it without you. If you believe in living more responsibly on the planet and preserving the ability to produce local food, please donate as much as you can. 

If you are unable to donate but believe in what we're doing, you can still help. Help us get the word out by sharing this campaign with the share tools above. Help inform people about the need to preserve local farms and ask friends and family to support this project with a donation.

Thank you, thank you thank you.

To follow our journey in reaching this critical point and to see our detailed vision, visit our blog villagefarmblog.wordpress.com.

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$23,266CAD
raised by 210 people in 1 month
66% funded
0 time left
$35,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 8, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10CAD
    Song by Pharis & Jason Romero

    A free download of the title track to Pharis & Jason Romero's amazing new album, 'Long Gone Out West Blues'. Go to our Facebook page to see a video of them in concert or go to their website http://www.pharisandjason.com/index.html. You'll also get a big thank-you mention on our blog - villagefarmblog.wordpress.com.

    5 out of 100 claimed
  • $25CAD
    Friend of the Farm

    A big thank-you mention on our blog - villagefarmblog.wordpress.com

    28 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $25CAD
    EP album by Dirty Grace

    A free download of Dirty Grace's latest EP album 'Snow into Fire' with six incredible songs. Go to our Facebook page to see a video of them in concert. You'll also get a big thank-you mention on our blog - villagefarmblog.wordpress.com.

    20 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $50CAD
    Level 1 - Duckling

    A duckling named after you. We’ll even send you a picture when it’s born in the spring. And you'll get a big thank-you mention on our blog.

    50 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100CAD
    Level 2 - Entrance Stone

    Your name on a stone at the entrance to the farm. You’ll also get a handwritten thank-you postcard and a big thank-you mention on our blog.

    50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $300CAD
    Level 3 - Calf

    A calf named after you or by you. We’ll even send you a picture when it’s born in the spring. You’ll also get a handwritten thank-you postcard and a big thank-you mention on our blog.

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $300CAD
    Level 3 - Fruit Tree

    Sponsor a fruit tree for yourself, or as a memorial for someone you care about. We'll send you a picture of your tree with its dedication flag when it's planted, a handwritten thank-you postcard and give you a big thank-you mention on our blog.

    4 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $500CAD
    Level 4 - Tractor

    A tractor named after you or by you. We’ll send you a video of the tractor in action and people on the farm using its new name – yours! You’ll also get a handwritten thank-you postcard and a big thank-you mention on our blog.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500CAD
    Level 4 - Hand-hewn Bench

    A hand-hewn bench made from timber from the farm in your honour, or as a memorial for someone you care about. The benches will be placed in various places on the farm: along the salmon-bearing creek, along the planned bicycle and walking path, and around the gardens. We'll send you a picture of your bench with its dedication plaque after it's made, a handwritten thank-you postcard and give you a big thank-you mention on the blog.

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $1,000CAD
    Level 5 - Path

    A path named after you, your organization or in honour of someone you care about. You’ll also receive a harvest farm table dinner at the farm, a handwritten thank-you postcard and a big thank-you mention on our blog.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $2,500CAD
    Level 6 - Sponsor an Acre

    Sponsor an acre of the farm. Your name, your organization’s name or the name of someone you care about will be permanently displayed on a mural of the farm, highlighting the acre you’ve sponsored. You’ll also receive a certificate of sponsorship and a photo of your specific acre. On top of that, you'll receive a harvest farm table dinner at the farm, a handwritten thank-you postcard, and an honorary thank-you mention on our blog.

    2 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $5,000CAD
    Level 7 - Chicken Coop or...

    A chicken-coop, greenhouse or Community Events space named after you, your organization or in honour of someone you care about. We’ll send you a photo when it’s complete and you’ll also receive a weekend stay at the farm's guesthouse, a harvest farm table dinner, a handwritten thank-you postcard, and an honorary thank-you mention on our blog.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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