There is no “I” in team, but there is a “U” in community. On Pasture is a community. And that community is rooted in you.
For about two and a half years, we, your On Pasture editors, tried to make On Pasture financially viable. We’d publish new articles, and ask for your support. We got some help, but not enough to make it work. On October 5th, we started this fund drive, and it fizzled. And we thought, “Well, maybe On Pasture is just something that no one really wants or needs.” So, we asked you if it was time to say goodbye.
And you answered. You answered with compassion, with support, and with your hearts. On Pasture is important to you, and it is important to us. With you, and because of you, we are still here.
Not only did you get us to a place where we can breathe, you shared great ideas about how we can add to On Pasture so it serves you better, and talked with us about finding the long-term support we’ll need. So that’s what’s next on our agenda, because none of us ever want to go through this again!
To start, in two weeks we are heading to Grapevine, Texas for the National Conference on Grazing Lands. We’ll be meeting with folks there who want to help us strengthen On Pasture for the long term. And as we’ve mentioned already, we’ll be asking the organizations that you’re members of to support On Pasture. Grazing Associations, Cooperatives, Conservation Districts, Cattlemens Associations, are all served by the work we do at On Pasture, and are all in a position to help. We’re also contacting organizations that need help getting their information into your hands, and we’ll be talking to them about how they can support On Pasture as we assist them. If you have leads for us, do share them (or call Rachel at 240-441-8044) and we’ll follow up. We’ll also be asking for reader support during a spring and fall fund drive every year.
In the meantime, we want to say how moved we are that you have stepped up to tell us to keep On Pasture going. When we started out in March of 2013, we had hoped On Pasture could be the core of a community, but many days it’s hard to see you all through our computer screens. Thank you for writing, for sending support, and for sharing your ideas. You have lifted us up and we hope to continue to lift you up as well.
From our hearts, to all of you, Thank you!
Rachel and Kathy
P.S. Bumper stickers, Zombie Victory Gardens posters, and books will be heading out shortly! Hooray! And thanks again to Shannon Hayes and to Forrest Pritchard for supporting On Pasture with their books. If you didn’t get your copy, but are still interested, they’re posted at the On Pasture bookstore. Ten percent of every sale goes to support On Pasture too!
P.P.S. If you didn’t get a chance to support On Pasture, you still can. Your gift will help keep us going!