Bushelcraft Farm

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SO grateful for Maple City Market!  This register round-up was a game changer for us, and we are thrilled to have many m...
05/11/2024

SO grateful for Maple City Market! This register round-up was a game changer for us, and we are thrilled to have many more folks get introduced to our farm, website, and mission through this effort. Check out website today, consider some sort of matching gift, and note that we have a plant sale going on now through the rest of May! We have a few options for pick-ups.

04/30/2024

Today is the last day to 'round up' at the register at Maple City Market in Goshen! They are open until 8:30pm. We are so grateful for this support and for marketing/promotion of our work in the community.

04/09/2024

Folks, we're going to have to postpone our mushroom class til THIS SATURDAY. Weather is looking too rainy and windy for class on Thursday. Sorry for the change. Stay tuned! Maybe more folks can come on Saturday anyway.

We are thrilled to be selected for the 'register round up' program at Maple City Market in Goshen for the month of April...
04/02/2024

We are thrilled to be selected for the 'register round up' program at Maple City Market in Goshen for the month of April! Come on in to shop and help us raise funds. We are trying to hire this spring, and really appreciate the support. Also, we have a class coming up April 11th on growing mushrooms on logs! Check out our website to RSVP.

Welcome Spring 2024!  Couldn't be happier to have sun and soil on our skin, and to be putting our first plants in the gr...
03/19/2024

Welcome Spring 2024! Couldn't be happier to have sun and soil on our skin, and to be putting our first plants in the ground (mostly in the hoophouse).

Friends, Bushelcraft Farm needs your support. We are gearing up for the growing season, and times are lean. Our monthly classes in partnership with Seed to Feed begin soon (first class is next Tuesday at Church Community Services, 6-7pm), and we have short-term challenges ahead for the season that's upon us.

Please remember us in your charitable giving! We are creating jobs, teaching classes, offering food at no cost to our local food pantry, and making a way for folks to get outdoors and gain life skills. Together, we are helping build stronger communities.
www.bushelcraftfarm.org

2023 was an amazing year for Bushelcraft Farm, especially in terms of getting folks outside on the land, learning togeth...
12/27/2023

2023 was an amazing year for Bushelcraft Farm, especially in terms of getting folks outside on the land, learning together, breathing fresh air, and building relationships around food. But financially it was a challenging year. But good times are coming. Imagine what can happen at Bushelcraft in 2024 with more resources to work with! We are looking for folks who believe in us to consider a gift before Dec 31. Don't forget that there are options: give online, send us a check, give from your investments (IRA dispersements, stocks, etc), or pledge to us in 2024. Of course, your gifts are tax deductible, as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We hope to raise at least $4500 by Dec 31!

What's coming up in 2024? Bushelcraft Farm will be offering community classes (pay what you can), providing free food baskets for families in Goshen and Elkhart, donating lots of produce to the food pantry in Elkhart, offering volunteer opportunities for youth and families, and starting a native tree nursery in the coming year. All of this requires resources and a few bold leaders to plant the seed (if you will!) to make our vision come to be reality. Thanks in advance!

Giving Tuesday is Nov 28th!  Why support Bushelcraft Farm?  We will be growing food for and with folks with financial ha...
11/28/2023

Giving Tuesday is Nov 28th! Why support Bushelcraft Farm? We will be growing food for and with folks with financial hardship in 2024, starting a native tree nursery (yes!), partnering with youth organizations to get youth outside, creating jobs, and crafting a slate of community classes that are donation-optional. Donate online or by mail. We hope to reach $3000 in donations by the end of November!

offering access to local food, outdoor experiences, and teaching skills to help folks grow

Filled with gratitude for what 2023 has brought to Bushelcraft Farm.  So far, we have:*Developed deeper partnerships wit...
11/17/2023

Filled with gratitude for what 2023 has brought to Bushelcraft Farm. So far, we have:

*Developed deeper partnerships with Seed to Feed (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1402508243408740/), Boys & Girls Club of Goshen (https://www.greatfutures.club/clubs/goshen-club/), American Dream Project (https://americandreamprojects.org/contact-us), The United Village (https://thevillagecommunitycenter.org/), and Elkhart Academy (https://www.elkhart.k12.in.us/schools/header-alternative-programs/elkhart-academy-at-ehs-grades-9-12)
*Donated over 1,475 lbs of fresh produce grown at Bushelcraft to Seed to Feed's food pantry in Elkhart. And we're still donating!
*Logged thousands of hours of volunteering on the farm, mostly thanks to youth and families through American Dream Project!
*Brought food baskets and offered smoothie demonstrations for families last winter at Boys & Girls Club Goshen, thanks to a support grant from Well Foundation.
*Collaboratively offered classes with Seed to Feed
*Had a lot of fun outside with a variety of people
*Saved and shared seed through Michiana Regional Seed Swap, Rooting Through Corn, Planting Families / Maíz y Raíz, Sembrando en familia, and classes. We'll be donating to seed libraries soon.

Currently, we are gearing up for some big projects in 2024, like starting a native tree nursery project thanks to collaboration with City of Goshen and a grant from US Forest Service!

In the mean time, we are in great need of financial support to get through the end of 2023 and early 2024. Please consider supporting our work, and remember us on Giving Tuesday!

Contact us today to inquire about supporting our work, volunteering, and getting tours. www.bushelcraftfarm.org
[email protected]

offering access to local food, outdoor experiences, and teaching skills to help folks grow

Bushelcraft Farm was thrilled to have 60+ volunteers (mostly youth!) from American Dream Project (https://americandreamp...
06/29/2023

Bushelcraft Farm was thrilled to have 60+ volunteers (mostly youth!) from American Dream Project (https://americandreamprojects.org/) come to the farm on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon. As always, they serve the community with gratitude and help us get projects done. Last Saturday they watered our baby trees and mulched with woodchips, planted crops (beans, cucumber, sunflower, and pollinator flowers), built raised beds, protected our collard greens, and organized our messy tool shed! We are so grateful for American Dream Project for coming and look forward to having them again in late July.

Check out this raised bed they helped us build on Saturday! Looking forward to the flowers and vegetables that will be coming up in this planter later this summer and into the fall.

Do you know of an organization, a group, or a company who wants to have a volunteer outing at Bushelcraft Farm? We're a nonprofit educational farm with a range of opportunities and plenty of needs. Contact us by email at [email protected] to explore options and scheduling. We continue to fundraise to do our work and are looking to hire part-time help on our farm, in part to coordinate on-farm volunteers!

06/19/2023

Coming to our class on Tuesday? We will be graced by three educators from Seed to Feed each sharing information you don't want to miss.

I'm very excited to see the recipe cards and to demonstrate actual plant-based spray products to use in the garden!

5:30pm at Bushelcraft Farm. Come checks it out! Bring a friend.

05/26/2023

Very excited about community class coming up on Tuesday May 30th at 5:30pm to demonstrate garden tools! Interested in new ways and quality tools for weeding and soil prep? Check us out! See Facebook event or our website for more (www.bushelcraftfarm.org). Spread the word!

So grateful for visitors coming to the farm who want to explore collaboration!  Glad to walk the farm with leaders from ...
05/11/2023

So grateful for visitors coming to the farm who want to explore collaboration! Glad to walk the farm with leaders from The Village this week. So much is possible at Bushelcraft Farm.

*We still have opportunities for garden plots for rent (available starting Monday May 15), and we need donors and regular weekly volunteers this season, especially as we grow more food for Seed to Feed and others in the community. Trying to raise funds to hire a part-time onsite position for the season. Please reach out if interested ([email protected]).

04/01/2023

Be safe out there these next 24 hours. Crazy weather! A great reason why it pays to keep soil covered over winter into early spring with big downpours and temperature swings. Hope to see you on Monday 4-6:30pm.

03/30/2023

Please note the date change for our Spring Kick-Off event! We will now have this on Monday April 3rd, 4-6:30pm. This wild spring weather is up and down, and it's tricky finding weather windows suitable, but Monday looks good. Please spread the word, and we hope you and your contacts can make it.

Tuesday morning (3/28) is a great morning for frost seeding clover.  Not sure what I'm talking about?  Think of it as an...
03/28/2023

Tuesday morning (3/28) is a great morning for frost seeding clover. Not sure what I'm talking about? Think of it as an amazing way to sow cover crop seed without tillage on a frosty morning when the ground heaves. Pictures will be forthcoming.

Here's a link from Michigan State for those who want to read about frost seeding into winter wheat.

Frost seeding red clover into wheat has many benefits.

03/14/2023
Exciting things are happening for Bushelcraft Farm.  And we have much to be grateful for.  First of all, pictured here a...
03/14/2023

Exciting things are happening for Bushelcraft Farm. And we have much to be grateful for. First of all, pictured here are the cabbages we grew over winter in an unheated hoophouse that will be going to some Boys & Girls Club families in Goshen this evening participating in a meal kit basket program. A huge thank you to those who believed in us and helped us acquire funding for a hoophouse, and for the congregations, individuals, and grant organizations giving us a chance to give back to the community. Also a huge thanks to our teammates and high school interns who helped plant and start these cabbages last fall. We harvest your good work and share it with others, free of charge.

The other news is that this season at Bushelcraft Farm, we hope to offer garden space to those in the community wanting to raise food for their household and/or want to help us donate more produce to Seed to Feed's pantry! Our spring kickoff event will be on Saturday April 1st (no joke) where folks can see the garden spaces, volunteer, have snacks, get tours, and learn about the coming of spring. Stay tuned, and mark your calendar for April 1!

I'm thankful for a friend pointing out the writing of Doug Tallamy and his work on insects and native yards/native lands...
03/03/2023

I'm thankful for a friend pointing out the writing of Doug Tallamy and his work on insects and native yards/native landscaping. Here's' an interesting article that features some of his work and perspectives. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-ecologist-who-wants-unleash-wild-backyard-180974372/

I'm sure he's not the most popular person out there, but I like the idea of us using backyards to bolster natural insects and creating habitat where we can. Quote I'm taking away from the article: "The ecosystem cannot be sustained just by national parks and forests."

Fed up with invasive species and sterile landscapes, Douglas Tallamy urges Americans to go native and go natural

Spread the word!
03/03/2023

Spread the word!

Do you love being out in the field, rescuing healthy produce from going to waste, and working with great people? Society of St. Andrew - Indiana is hiring! Check out their listing on our Classifieds page! Link in bio.

02/18/2023

Thanks to those who tuned in for our Saturday morning class on attracting backyard beneficials! We will post a presentation on our website later today (www.bushelcraftfarm.org) for all to access. Stay tuned for future classes online and possibly in person here in 2023!

Is this mild February weather getting you thinking about your 2023 backyard?  Come to our online class on attracting ben...
02/15/2023

Is this mild February weather getting you thinking about your 2023 backyard? Come to our online class on attracting beneficial insects this Saturday morning, 9am. Hope you can make it!

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27751 CR 26
Elkhart, IN
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