Dave and Matt are here!
Archive for March 19th, 2012
It has been two weeks now since the close of my Kickstarter project for the Studio at Sassafras Farm. Today is a banner day for a couple of reasons. One, Dave and Matt are here to start demolishing the studio interior to make way for the new health department-approved materials, and two, funding has been released so I can begin contacting backers for their info on rewards. (I will be contacting backers in batches this week. There are over 400 backers and there is only one of me, so if you don’t hear from me right away, please bear with me.)
Meanwhile, I feel a strong mandate for the studio–and for myself. To whom much is given, of him shall much be required. I had this little conversation with my son, Weston, just last year when he was given a full ride to WVU. In a sense, I have been given a full scholarship to open the studio here. On a personal level, my goal for the studio is to provide a second income stream to balance support for the farm. But within that, I feel a responsibility to take what has been given to me and give on, so on this “groundbreaking” day, I want to share my thoughts and seek input from you.
My thinking is two-tier. One tier is of the larger world. I would like to develop a short list of charitable causes that the studio can support. The other tier is more personal and local, such as offering free events and activities for kids’ groups (such as free farmhand days or classes for 4-H clubs, Girl and Boy Scouts, etc) and sponsoring projects to support my local community. I’ll be doing volunteer work in conjunction with the master gardener program, and that will also give me an opportunity to explore ways I can use the studio and the grounds here and come into contact with other people who have ideas.
But back to the first tier, of the larger world, and where you come in. I would like to develop a list of five charitable causes that the studio can support on a rotating basis with a percentage of studio profits. I have made the command decision that the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue will be one of those five.
That leaves four more.
In the comments on this post, please tell me the name of your favorite charitable cause. INCLUDE A LINK so I can visit them and explore what they are doing.
There is no particular deadline, so feel free to come back to this post anytime between now and….whenever I post the poll. WHAT POLL? The poll! Sometime in the next couple of weeks, whenever I make up my mind, I will post a poll with 12 selections I have made from the charitable causes listed on this post–and you will vote to choose four out of the 12. The four causes with the most votes will make the studio’s charities list.
So, for now, let me know your favorite charitable cause!
The Studio at Sassafras Farm is in itself a gift–and I want you to be part of deciding how your gift will keep giving. THANK YOU.Permalink