Farm Tomorrow supports small farms by making connections between farms or by providing a service that might be out of reach for a small farm or a farm that is establishing itself.
In the early days of farming, when farms were still small, a community of farmers would share a big piece of equipment and help each other with their harvest. There was not a need for every farm to own the harvesting equipment. As modern farms have grown in size this notion has been forgotten. We believe this is a piece of farming community and history that should be revived along with the movement of small farms.
We provided use of our dry bean thresher to several farms, which provided an opportunity to grow a new crop without the added expense of a thresher, and it allowed them to experiment with growing a new crop before investing in the equipment needed to process it. We also helped organize moving livestock to the butcher.
In rural Maine, there is limited access to slaughter facilities, making them several hours away for many farms. Farms are challenged with needing a truck and trailer to move livestock, along with the time and cost of the trip to the butcher. By helping farmers connect with each other we can help fill one trailer with livestock from several farms. This provides more access to the slaughter facility and helps reduce the cost of transportation for the farms.