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At the Community Farm of Ann Arbor, we’re fortunate to have a long term lease on preserved farm land that has been farmed using organic and biodynamic practices for 30 years. We grow heirloom vegetables and fruit trees including peach, apple, pear and paw-paw; we keep bees and raise cows, goats and sheep. The land includes two barns built using wood milled before the Civil War. The field stone foundations are rock solid, the heavy oak timbers are sound, the siding is weathered but intact, the doors open and close, but we need new roofs. The asphalt shingles have worn out and we’re upgrading to metal roofing with a longer lifespan (and it’s recyclable when it needs to be replaced in 40-50 years) and the additional benefit of giving us the ability to catch clean rainwater from the roof surface and re-use it on the farm.
Our barns are used to house our milk cows, sheep and goats in the winter, as well as store hay, straw, tools and tractors. Their function is critical to how we care for the land and gives us the ability to grow vegetables for families that come out to the farm each week to pick up fresh produce. The winter in Michigan is soon to be upon us and I’ll sleep better at night knowing we can get these roofs replaced this fall. We’ve already raised half the money we need just from the generous donations of our CSA members and this campaign is an appeal to additional friends and supporters of the farm, near and far, to raise the other half of the money needed. If you eat, please consider making a donation to help our small diverse farm. Thank you.