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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

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Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Mar 25 2013 :  07:44:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It has been a bit since I've posted in the chatroom, but I knew that this was the place to come for some farmgirl support!

Some time back, I've posted about the desire to find the right farm location to expand our current floral business and be able to host weddings. We'll, long story short, this has been quite a process, and we are on the cusp of possibly making a move. I have a short little post about it on my blog, but I've also submitted my "idea" to a fund raising company - which is where I'm asking for some farmgirl help.

Now until the deadline of this Thursday at noon, we have our "idea" submitted on Start Garden (amazing organization) for funding consideration. There are two ways to receiving funding. The Start Garden team chooses your idea OR you receive the majority of endorsements from the voting public (that's you!!!). Would you please take a moment to look at the "ideas" that are presented this week, and if you like the Forrester Farm idea the best... vote!

The Start Garden site is: http://startgarden.com

Knowing the farmgirl way of thinking - I'm thanking you in advance for support!!! Blessings,

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
(site, blog & etsy shop)

Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4562 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4562 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2013 :  06:09:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't find the place to vote!

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I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2013 :  2:12:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diane,
Thanks for asking. If you go to the Start Garden site ( http://startgarden.com/ ), click on "ideas". Forrester Farm is one of 23 ideas. The voting ends tomorrow at noon. I'm feeling a little exposed and nervous as I keep praying about the whole thing. We went through the house and property again on Monday. I told the owner that we would have a decision to them very soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to check it out!

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
(site, blog & etsy shop)
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queenmushroom
True Blue Farmgirl

985 Posts

Lorena
Centerville Me
USA
985 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2013 :  06:00:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't find the idea place on the start garden site to vote. I saw the video and some other things but no vote here link.

Patience is worth a bushel of brains...from a chinese fortune cookie
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

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MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13713 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2013 :  06:50:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did a tutorial on my blog three days ago:
http://www.raisingjane.org/journal/34831



MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2013 :  2:21:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MaryJane,

I am humbled beyond words for your support on your blog. Thank you so much! I just saw the blog today, and was truly touched... ok, to the point of tears... happy ones!

The voting ended today at noon. Two other ideas won the support this week - Congratulations to them. We can submit our idea 2 more times. I'll keep you posted when we do. Thank you for all of the support in this round of voting!

What a blessing the farmgirl connection is!

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
(site, blog & etsy shop)
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laurentany
True Blue Farmgirl

3259 Posts

Laurie
Patchogue NY
USA
3259 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2013 :  6:45:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ann,
I am sorry that your idea didn't win this week. I think it is a fabulous idea, and sounds like a lovely vision.
I tried to vote but don't have Facebook, so realized I couldn't :(.
I wish you luck in your quest to expand your business.
Hugs,


~Laurie
"Little Hen House on the Island"
Farmgirl Sister#1403

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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

13055 Posts


Louisiana/Texas
USA
13055 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2013 :  9:00:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Keep us posted, Ann. I tried to vote, also, but was too late. Hugs.
Marly

"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had." Elisabeth Kurler-Ross
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Mar 30 2013 :  11:51:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Laurie and Marly,
Thank you for the encouragement. I'm not sure if we'll re-submit the idea to Start Garden, but we did tell the property owners that we would make a decision by April 8 regarding whether or not we will submit an offer on the property. If we decide not to, they will list it with an agent. My husband and I just need to be on the same page and we are praying through the decision.

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Apr 11 2013 :  6:58:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just a little update... My husband and I feel that making this leap is... a leap, but a leap worth taking. We are in agreement and want to make it happen, but just need a little extra boost (push?) - SO, We are running a second time with Start Garden - for investment "seed money". The Start Garden rules are that you can endorse 1 idea 1 time per week via facebook only. Please check out the ideas for the week and hit "endorse" if you like what you see for Forrester Farm. Here's the link: http://startgarden.com/ideas/detail/forrester-farm

I'm sure that all of the farmgirls who love glamping would love another friend's business that was recently funded - Retro Rentals, a vintage camper rental company.

If the picture in my mind matches what I hope will happen with our expansion, I'd love to host a Farmgirl Gathering. Years ago, when Mary Jane put a request out for farms that might host a get together, I so wanted to be able to do that. This additional space would be just the place - for campers too :)!

Thanks all for your support! Blessings,


Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
(site, blog & etsy shop)
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2013 :  06:35:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok ladies, this is the last post about voting for our idea - I promise! The voting ends today at noon and it could mean investment seed money for a Forrester Farm expansion. Regardless of what happens, my husband and I decided to place an offer on the property tomorrow. Excited. Nervous. Praying God's will be done. The property is in short sale, so it could take some time.

If you'd like to help in the last hurrah of voting (via facebook), please go to this link: http://startgarden.com/ideas/detail/forrester-farm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
(site, blog & etsy shop)
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2013 :  07:26:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just realized 1 vital detail - due to the widespread wings that MaryJanesFarm connection has... The voting ends at noon in Michigan (Eastern time! in just 1 1/2 hours from the time of this posting).

Blessings and thanks in advance for the support! Here is the link one last time: http://startgarden.com/ideas/detail/forrester-farm

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
(site, blog & etsy shop)
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Forrester Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

703 Posts

Ann
Belmont MI
USA
703 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2013 :  04:33:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for all of your amazing support on our run for the Forrester Farm Start Garden funding this week. Two great ideas were chosen, and ours wasn't one of them. Bummer. We can run one more time, but will wait for now.

Ann
Forrester Farm
www.forresterfarm.com
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