47 Daisies became a reality in 2009 in north central Louisiana. We always wanted the farm to be more than just a farm. While it is definitely noble to simply grow food, that wasn’t enough for us. We wanted the community to embrace their food, the way it is grown and the natural world in which the farm fits. Upon the start of 47 Daisies, we immediately started embracing and nurturing community through farming. Hosting school groups, doing talks at local churches, schools and garden clubs, events at the farm and tours quickly became a mainstay.
In 2013, 47 Daisies relocated to Maine and we transitioned not just the farm, but also the community building, that we had been doing in Louisiana. It took us many years here in Maine to build the infrastructure needed to support the farm and the community building we wanted to do. In 2016 we started the exciting transition from a “for profit” farm to a “non-profit” farm with an emphasis on using farming as a tool to nurture and build community. Our mission of this new age of 47 Daisies non-profit organization is . . .
“To nurture community through sustainable cultivation of the highest quality food, preservation of the farm’s land base and celebration of a vibrant future for farming, nature and the interconnections of human needs and whole ecosystems.”
Deciding on this transition was an easy decision for us. We have always had the philosophy that we farm to make people’s lives better. How can we do that in the best possible way? Become a non-profit and get to work!
We are so excited about the programs we are rolling out this spring. The first will be our “Food Access Program.” This program is designed to make organically grown food accessible to all Maine families. Local organic or certified naturally grown food is often pricey, and rightfully so. This type of food is expensive to produce and farmers deserve a fair wage. That being said, this often transitions into this type of food only being accessible to families that have expendable income. We strongly believe that all Maine families should have access to high quality, nutritious, local products. Starting April 1, through the on-farm Community Store, we will slash prices by 50 percent for all families using EBT/SNAP benefits.
In addition to this signature program we are rolling out, we are in the midst of planning an exciting series of events and programs for all which will begin in March (take a look at the "Community" page for a complete list of events).
What does this change for our continued and loyal customers who have supported us since our relocation to Maine? Not a thing. We still have the same amazing produce and still attend our farmers markets, run our CSA program and the on-farm Community Store with pride!
We can’t do this without you. We welcome all folks who believe in good food, who believe that regardless of our differences that we all deserve to eat right and live well. Get involved by becoming a friend of 47 Daisies. You can volunteer, donate money, come to our events, buy our vegetables and so much more!!!! We hope to see you soon.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )