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Can we count on you to help us replace our stolen tractor?
Since 2009, Viva Farms has been providing beginning farmers with the support and resources they need to launch thriving farm businesses that help keep our community well fed and thriving.
It has taken years to build up the infrastructure and equipment we have for the wide range of farm businesses we support. These tools are critical to the success of the beginning farmers in our programs.
In early June, our Kubota M9540 tractor was stolen from our farm incubator. Farmers in our program use this tractor to till, cultivate, weed and so much more- saving them time, improving the quality and yield of the crops they grow and ultimately impacting the viability of their farm businesses. We're looking to our community to help us raise funds to replace our stolen tractor.
We are deeply humbled and overwhelmed with gratitude from the outpouring of support we have received in response to our fundraiser to replace our stolen tractor, and want to share an update about the incredible outcome that so many of you helped make a reality.
The tractor that was stolen was 18-years-old. When we started our fundraiser to replace this critical piece of equipment, we were aiming to buy a similar year, make and model as we had lost- which cost about $45K. As you can imagine, an 18-year-old tractor with heavy use by beginning farmers certainly had its fair share of annual repair and maintenance costs. As our fundraising effort unfolded; we were and are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support. Our communities' generosity has made what seemed impossible, possible- purchasing a brand-new tractor with an extended warranty and security features to prevent this from happening again. A new tractor (Kubota M5-111) costs $78K.
We are thrilled to share that with the money we raised online and support from organizations like the Russell Family Foundation, the Thread Fund, Organically Grown Company, BECU, King Arthur Flour, Skagit Valley Food Co-op and more, we have raised enough money to purchase a brand new tractor! Indeed, making expensive yet critical farm resources like this accessible to beginning farmers is why Viva Farms exists. This tractor will be available to 30 incubating farmers this year, and new farmers each year into the future. The collective good will of this community is a truly inspiring force, and for that, we are endlessly grateful. Thank you for being the kind of community that shows up for each other. We’re honored to be a part of it.