Amanda Wunderlich’s Story
My Partner Paul and I farm a little less than an acre on a 25 acre property just outside the city limits of Fayetteville Arkansas. We have been growing organic vegetables for 5 years. This last season was our best by far, starting a CSA with over 25 members. We use our farm as a tool to help educate the community on sustainability, and agriculture. We have hosted different groups of highschool and college students, sharing with them our storey and desire to homestead, and teaching them our methods. Organic farming is important to our family because we all eat, every day, and for us it is really important to know where our food is coming from, and we see it as a valuable skill for everyone to have. We like that our kids can identify plants and like to eat salad with no dressing on it. I\’ve worked at a desk and realized that I can make much more of an impact for my community by helping to feed it.
We are in need of a refridgerating unit and freezer unit. It would be used to help store local chicken and beef for our CSA shares. Extra farm tools, such as compost forks are also needed. We host a variety of volunteers through the WWOOF program throughout the season and things get lost and or broken.
Our CSA shares fed over 25 families last season, which we are expanding this season. We also were a part of our local Farmer\’s Market, where we were able to reach out to community members and have them come to the farm and experience it for themselves. Lots of people benefit from putting their hands in the soil. Our farm has donated food to local charities and schools for demonstrations in their cafeteria. This summer we are planning on holding a farm camp for interested youth in the area, to educate them on how to plant and grow vegetables, and encourage them to grow a garden. We believe the more people we can turn on to farming, collectively we can make an impact on feeding our community.