Written by Shannon Varley
A time for thankful reflection: Nearly 2 years ago, we were dealt a pretty rotten lemon when the farmhouse that we had doggedly renovated for 2 years in pursuit of our farm dream, burned after only living in it for a few months. Our hearts were broken and we had to dig really deep to continue feeling so passionately about farm ownership.
This lemon, however, turned into the gift of a lifetime. In the aftermath of personal tragedy, we were blanketed in the deepest display of humanity- enveloped in love, compassion, empathy, and generosity. Friends, family, strangers, from all parts of this country and abroad - rose up in support of a family that they did not know.
And so, after determining that we didn't have the heart or the energy to rebuild at the old farm, finding a farm to land on became an even more urgent desire - nearly obsessive! We already recognized and knew farming as a platform for all of the values we hold dear (food, environment, community, education, service) but now, it would have to become a platform for so much more- it would have to become the continuum of all of that we had received - the sum power of kindness.
We finally found it in a town that we love a community that we love, but now we needed the tool that speaks louder than all others - money! We simply needed a bridge to purchase the dream while it was still available and at a price we could afford. So, careful monitoring and planning and behind-the-scenes coordination with Dale and Sally and the rest of the Iroquois Valley Farms team led to a fantastic outcome- farm ownership!
To learn more about the Miller-Varleys, read here - we are happy to support this family and their new farm by providing mortgage financing.