2014 – Our Story
In 2014, with a goal of 300,000 lbs. to charity and 5 farms totaling 70 acres, there are plenty of challenges and lots of work to do. The expenses of the farms were growing and we had to find a way to keep the lights on, so we begun growing and selling crops.
Jas Singh – “Pickling cucumbers were a huge part of my income last year, maybe $22,000 gross. They were primarily worked by two hired workers and some volunteers that chose to work in those fields.”
Jas decided that it was time for God’s Little Acre Farm to open its first farm market. The idea of being completely self-sustaining, able to pay all the expenses not only of the farms currently operating but to expand the program to other pieces of land, drove the team forward and the market opened late in the 2014 season.
The public loved the idea of a business that donated profit to charity in the form of fresh produce and the market was a great success. People came in to purchase their fresh produce and fell in love with the idea of helping the farm. Volunteer numbers went up, donations to the farm went up and for the first time since the farm started, there was some money for equipment repairs.
God’s Little Acre Farm recently helped a group in Saskatchewan start their own God’s Little Acre Farm This was very exciting as it is the vision of the company to find a way to feed people nationally.
“Lifting people’s spirits by showing them they have friends who are wiling to help them will ultimately allow them to reach out of poverty. God’s Little Acre Farm will have it’s own Product Bank right on the farm. We keep going until we can’t go no more…that’s my business plan.”
The farm runs mean and lean. Every piece of equipment is used, repaired, glued together, taped together and used some more. While there are some expenses we cannot avoid such as some farm worker wages and the cost of seed, the generosity of many business and friends have kept our cost to a minimum which has allowed us to continue to add more land to the project. More land means more food for the hungry.
“The idea behind it all is not to make a profit for our own gain but to make a profit to put back into the project.
We don’t need this project to make a profit on the backs of hungry people and it will remain that way. I have no problem living in the same poverty spectrum as the people we serve and fighting our way out the easy way…. which is often the hard way.
See you at the farm”
Jas Singh, God’s Little Acre Farm 2014