After three and a half years of three or more phone calls a day, and tons of emails, what have Kathy and Rachel learned? We are a GREAT match! In fact, when Rachel visited Kathy in Tucson last week for four and a half days, we learned that we run on the same wave-length a lot of the time. We finish each others sentences, want chewing gum at the same time, and both like to walk around when we’re discussing and thinking about big things. (And when we’re having a hard time coming to a conclusion, it helps if one goes in the next room and calls the other on the phone.) 🙂
The reason for Rachel’s visit was our new Conservation Innovation Grant that is starting up shortly. We decided to try for the grant because you kept telling us that On Pasture was important to you. And now, thanks to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, we will have a good chunk of the funds we need to keep on going for three more years! That means we’ll be able to keep on doing what we do: translating science for farmers and ranchers raising livestock on pasture, and making it accessible online in a weekly, easy-to-read format.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Conservation Innovation Grants require a match in dollars and in-kind services. So, in order for us to be successful, we need $15,000 in support from On Pasture readers each year for the three years of the grant. Our plan is to run one fund drive a year, starting this October, and then we’ll add reminder ticklers in articles and to our weekly emails that announce when new articles are up.
And what if we get MORE than the $15,000? Well, that would be really good news for us all. You see, many grants require some kind of monetary and in-kind service match. So anything extra we get will help us apply for more grants so we can keep On Pasture going and going and going.
Get a Gift!
Every little bit helps, and everyone who sends in support will get an “Everything’s Better On Pasture” bumper sticker.
Also, author and farmer Shannon Hayes is donating a limited number of one of her books “A Long Way On A Little” to folks who support On Pasture with $50 or more. It’s a great book full of recipes and tips on how to go a long way on a little in your kitchen and life.
Just choose what works for you and your budget and help us make our match so that we can keep being here for you for years to come!
Thanks for reading!
Rachel and Kathy
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