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Kevin Cunningham and Melanie Olstad, owners of Shakefork Community Farm, a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm, need housing for their farm interns. As a novel wedding registry, some Shakefork Farm fans have created this fund-raiser for them.

Kevin Cunningham and Melanie Olstad realized a dream last year when they become the proud owners of Shakefork Community Farm.  They raised a barn, now let's help them raise some yurts to house their farm interns!

Shakefork is a community supported farm (a CSA) producing organic grains.   As small scale organic family farmers, Melanie and Kevin maintain and cherish age-old traditions of trading knowledge and skills, not for money, but for work and time.  In this way they work towards true sustainability, not by simply practicing smart stewardship, with techniques like cover cropping, crop rotation, and seed saving; true sustainability necessitates a helping hand for the farmer, as well as a means of sharing the agricultural arts and crafts of kitchen and home with those who are willing and eager to learn.

Melanie and Kevin will offer internships to teach others about sustainable agriculture, but there is no place for their interns to lay their heads at night.  This fundraising effort was launched by a small group of Shakefork Fans as a wedding gift to the loving caretakers of the farm. The founding members will match funds raised through this effort (up to $5,000).

Pacific Yurts is the company they will likely buy from - a very reputable source. 12' yurts begin at about $4,445, plus additional lumber and hardware.  Shakefork Farm has an immediate need for 2 yurts.


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