CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2022 WINNERS!

Jordyn Rankin-Williams, $1,500

Emalie Strong, $1,500

MISSION/PURPOSE

Inspiring and financially supporting the future of experiential farming (aka agritainment/agritourism).

Inspiring and financially supporting the future would mean providing our youth with opportunities to visit such farms and pursue educational opportunities in the industry – this will play a significant role in sustaining the industry’s future. Inspiring and financially supporting its present-day family farmers is necessary to help preserve the family farm. Celebrate HARVEST is committed to helping fund/build/manage non-traditional farming events and activities in order to supplement and sustain these mostly commodity-driven farms, farmers and farmlands. It’s Farming Reimagined. We want to achieve this transformation by:

1) providing students an opportunity for continued education in the field of non-traditional farming practices/methods – experiential farming, or agritourism – via continuing education awards/opportunities.

2) fully or partially funding participating farms’ field trips for students and schools that may not otherwise be able to afford field trips to an experiential farm with the hope of inspiring our youth at an early age toward such a field of study/profession.

3) providing farms/farmers with an organization (Celebrate HARVEST) that can help them fund/build/create/manage non-traditional farming events/activities on their farms.

4) providing local honeybee enthusiasts with a funding mechanism to help them become better bee keepers and advocates.

Funds will be raised via:

Grants and donations from local businesses/people as well as donations back from those farms whom we provide support for with the funding/building/creating/managing of non-traditional farming activities/events at their farms.

Some of those non-traditional farming activities/events may include (but not be limited to) the funding/building/creating/managing of live pig racing events, live duck racing events, live concerts, food and/or beverage venue(s), a scary wagon ride, a ropes/challenge coarse, a cornhole tournament event, a food truck festival, a fishing derby, a trike racing course, a jump pillow, a mechanical bull, zip lines, apple blasters/cannons, a tug-of-war station, paintball gallery, bubble soccer field, a human foosball venue, barnyard ball zone venue, wall board mazes, cow trains, etc.

Daily operations of our organization aren’t necessarily daily, but just as needed. We will be applying for grant money from different organizations/large corporations that want to support our mission.

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