Help us raise $73,000!
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Donate by mailing to W3151 Haddick Rd Springbrook WI 54875, Using the Venmo phone app (user name @Theresa-Depies) or the Donate button below.
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Springbrook Organic Dairy is a 100% grass based dairy owned and operated by me and my husband. It is an award winning dairy farm that has become a model and asset in our local community. We constructed a Grade A Dairy plant that opened in 2006. This allows us to add value to our milk and provide a diverse product line of nutrient rich, full flavor White milk, Chocolate milk, drinkable yogurts and my proudest accomplishment to date, high quality artisan cheeses to our local community.
Our farm has been hit with a series of events that resulted in a loss of production, animals and income. This started with a Federally declared drought that lasted 7 years in Washburn county. Because of this drought we had no hay to make, and we did not have any pasture for our cows to eat. We had to feed dry hay year round for duration of the drought. The price of hay went from $25 a bale to $90, we went from grazing on an average of 210 days out of the year to zero grazing days, which meant feeding hay every day. The added expense over that period alone was $229,950 compared to $21,875 over a normal period. In addition to working the farm with me, my husband has a full-time job off the farm to pay for our personal living expenses but in 1997 while we were in building stages he was injured by a bull, then contracted lymes, and then ehrlichiosis. He was unable to workfull time for a number of years. This added up to $225,000 in lost wages that had to be made up out of dairy income. Over the harsh winter of 2010-11 Animal loss by freak accidents added up to 31 animals including cows,replacement stock and calves on this farm with a total in lost milk production of $71,000. I face them, I learn from them, and I carry on. I never lost sight of my goals and dreams of a sustainable grass based dairy farm that sets its own price for the product it produces, adds value to our milk, mentors others, and is a part of a local food system. My lender worked with me best they could but they can no longer help and are calling in the loan. This loan is attached to my farm, animals, equipment and home. If I cannot pay this debt they will take them. That's why I am reaching out at this time. I have truly come too far and the future looks too bright to give up. The demand for our product is high and we are certain that will continue.
By helping pay this dairy plant debt you will know that you helped a farm that farms in a restorative and sustainable fashion, one that contributes to the preservation of a way of farming that aligns with the belief that we should do no harm to the earth, water, and animals that are under our care. One that was brave and broke away from an industrialized system of the way farmers get paid. A farm that has and continues to mentor other farmers in these sustainable practices. One that provides a healthy, nutrient rich product in a local food system. Our son wants to carry on this ecologically responsible tradition for another generation.
I understand that all who visit this page can't support us financially. There are other ways for you to help by sharing this campaign with others, spread the word that we do need help. Words of encouragement are always appreciated. We are open to any and all suggestions you may have for us to help us reach this goal.
"From day one I have been deeply humbled and appreciative of everyone's efforts thus far to help me make this farm a reality. I did not get here by myself. Every dollar donated is one step closer to ensuring we can provide our community with healthy, nutritious products for generations to come. Peace and love to all." Theresa Depies
If you have any question please contact me at 715-214-3338