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Farming dreams do come true, thanks to you!

Posted 11/30/2015 4:33pm by Lindsey Parks.

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Thank you for helping us grow new farmers!
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We hope that you had a happy and restful Thanksgiving, surrounded by family, friends, and of course, plenty of fresh products grown by your local farmers. We couldn't let this season of thanks pass by without letting you know just how grateful we are for you.

As you likely know, farming is an exceptionally expensive and risky career path, especially for those who didn't grow up on farms and lack access to training, land, and equipment. But our need for food and for farmers is only increasing! The Seed Farm makes it possible for more people to become farmers by providing access to these and many other essential resources.

Each year since 2010, we have welcomed aspiring farm entrepreneurs to our 42-acre site in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, either to launch their businesses or to learn the many skills needed for successful farm operation. We're always inspired by the progress that motivated new farmers can make over the course of one growing season.

And we are thrilled to tell you that over the past six years, 15 new farms have been launched by Seed Farm participants! This kind of success just wouldn't have been possible without you. Whether you've made financial contributions, volunteered, bought our produce at the Emmaus Farmers' Market or through our CSA at St. Luke's Hospital, attended our fundraising events, or helped to spread the word about our organization and programs, you have helped us to fulfill our mission of cultivating the next generation of farmers. We invite you to share in our excitement by reflecting on the successes of a few of our recent graduates and incubator farmers:
 
Mark Nuneviller
managed a farm in Collegeville, PA, before starting his own business in our incubator in 2015. Nuneviller Family Farm carries the distinction of being our first certified organic incubator farm, as well as the first one located entirely under high tunnels. With a successful inaugural season under his belt, Mark has already constructed additional high tunnels to increase his production in 2016.
Emma Cunniff
moved to the East Coast in 2013 to take part in our training program. In 2014, she launched Kneehigh Farm in our incubator on 1.5 acres. The farm doubled in size in 2015 and grew over 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs for CSA share members, farmers' market customers, and local restaurants and colleges. In 2016, Kneehigh Farm will double in size once again, in a more permanent home in Pottstown, PA.
Joel Gaughan
left a long career as an Executive Chef to become a farmer. He enrolled in our training program shortly after he and his family purchased a farm in Blooming Glen, PA. Joel's goal is to create a business that he could run alongside his children. After spending much of 2015 in training and preparations, Joel launched Stonehouse Market Garden, and he is now accepting share members for 2016.
 

We look forward to continuing to share these stories of success with you, and we hope that you will continue to support The Seed Farm and new farmers. Please join us tomorrow for #GivingTuesday - a chance to take a break from the holiday rush to celebrate charitable causes and organizations (more information here).

Thanks for supporting the work of The Seed Farm!

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