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           Monday August 06, 2012                           


Successful Crowdfunding Effort Brings In Over
$30,000 for Aroostook County On-Farm Equipment
Repair Shop Project.

    

August 6, 2012 – The Indiegogo Wood Prairie Farm Seed Equipment Repair Shop campaign just concluded its forty-day-run in high gear. In the end, over $30,000 in funds were raised, placing Wood Prairie Farm in the record books among the One Hundred Most-Funded Indiegogo Projects. The northern Maine farm’s successful Repair Shop campaign ranks 84th out of the over 15,000 completed Indiegogo projects.  Indiegogo is the world's leading internet crowd funding platform.

 “The support offered to our Repair Shop project was nothing short of phenomenal,” said Jim Gerritsen, of Wood Prairie Farm.  “This is proof positive that the organic community supports it own and is willing and able to stand up and help when a need is made known.”

Wood Prairie Farm, owned by Jim & Megan Gerritsen and family, is a pioneer MOFGA-certified organic farm which for decades has produced high quality organic seed and food.  Their Indiegogo project was designed to help them purchase the necessary building materials for a 30' x 70' metal and concrete radiant floor-heated repair shop.  The shop is needed in order for the farm’s chief mechanics, sons Peter and Caleb Gerritsen, to maintain and fabricate their vintage organic seed farm equipment.           

“We’ve needed an on-farm shop for a long time,” said second generation farmer Peter Gerritsen. “We have a lot of older specialized equipment which needs steady maintenance.  Now that we have funding we’ll get right to work on building our shop.” Both boys work on their family's farm. Peter is also pursuing a business degree at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.  His brother, Caleb, just graduated from Central Aroostook High School and will be studying Diesel Hydraulic Mechanics at nearby Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.

The Gerritsens are active members in the organic community and have donated thousands of hours on behalf of good food and organic farming over the past 30 years. Jim is President of the national trade organization, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, lead Plaintiff in the landmark organic community lawsuit, OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, which is challenging the validity of Monsanto's GMO patents in Federal court. 

Additional contributions to the shop project are welcome. They will be used to complete additional phases of the project such as garage doors and insulation. Please send to:

Wood Prairie Farm
49 Kinney Rd
Bridgewater, Maine.

Thanks to everyone for all your help.

Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Farm
Bridgewater, Maine

     


Ready to Build. (l. to r.) Peter, Jim and Caleb Gerritsen go over plans for the Wood Prairie Farm Repair Shop. (Photo Credit Lottie Hedly)
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Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Farm
49 Kinney Road
Bridgewater, Maine 04735
(800) 829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm
www.woodprairie.com