The Old School Farm is an innovative 501c3 not for profit organization located in the Bells Bend area of Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is to provide meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities for individuals with varying levels of disabilities. We do this by tailoring each individuals job duties to not only their abilities but also to their likes and dislikes giving each individual in our employ the best working environment we can. Our organization includes a production pottery studio, organic farm, and a education program all designed at producing high quality products and experiences for all those who support and work for us.
As with any business there are times that you need assistance climbing the hill. For the Old School Farm we are right at the crest of some really amazing opportunities however we need your assistance to get there. When our organization was first started it was done so on a shoe string budget and was able to limp along based solely on donations from a handful of people. Over the years as we have grown we have added to our equipment and offerings to narrow the gap between what we bring in and what we spend. Unfortunately that gap is still there but with a few pieces of equipment we will almost completely be able to close that gap and secure our future for many years to come.
What we need in order to be success is a total of $15,000 which will go towards purchasing three caterpillar tunnels, 200 egg laying chickens and the supplies needed to raise them and care for them, and money needed to put into place the correct infrastructure for our animals. Caterpillar tunnels are small covered tunnels used to increase our growing season by one month on each side of the winter allowing the Old School Farm to grow our produce eleven months out of the year where currently we can only grow for nine months. While greenhouses would do the same thing a green house that would cover the same surface are as one caterpillar tunnel may cost upwards of $10,000 per structure and require electrical, plumbing, and heating. Purchasing 200 egg laying chickens would allow us to sell a large number of eggs to local restaurants and customers increasing our profitability, marketability, and the number of jobs that we can offer for people with disabilities. Fixing our infrastructure for our animals will allow us to provide the most humane enclosures and allow us to give all our animals an organic and range fed diet.
Thank you to all of you for taking the time to read about our organization and to anyone that donates toward our cause.