About 7 years ago, a few farmers approached us with an idea for a fund raiser. They suggested we find farmers who would be willing to donate a calf and then we would find a host farm to raise the animal. The proceeds from the sale of the animal would then be donated to the FARM Program.
The FARM Program, a service of Easter Seals Wisconsin, has been providing support and technology assistance to farmers in Wisconsin since 1991. In 2012, two of ESW’s clients, Kevin Posselt and Jeff Purvis, came up with this way to pay it forward for the help they received.
ESW and AgrAbility of Wisconsin (AAW) recommended farmers who have physical challenges, which make completing their farming tasks difficult, receive updated technology to help improve their ability to farm. Our funding source then works with them to provide funding for this technology.
In some cases, farmers don’t qualify for our funding source, so the partnership of AAW and ESW find other resources to provide farmers with support and assistance they need to stay on the farm, and donations to the Easter Seals FARM program are greatly appreciated in these efforts. The Calf Project is one way farmer clients have found to give back to Easter Seals. The Calf Project, since its inception in 2012, has raised $40,000 for ESW in the past.
The project now being reinvigorated gives the Wisconsin farmer and the public a way to contribute that’s more than just writing a check. It’s contributing to the way Wisconsin thrives, allowing farmers to raise more beef and dairy cattle, which helps their community and adds to the state’s economy.
HOW IT WORKS:
If you’re a farmer who raises beef or dairy cattle, donate the sale price of one calf after raising it for a specified amount of time.
If you’re not a farmer, donate the amount needed to raise a calf for a specified amount of time for a farmer who has agreed to donate the sale price of the calf when it sells on the market.
Any amount donated will be earmarked for a particular farmer’s needs in raising that calf.
Interested in helping? For more information contact Monette Bebow-Reinhard by email or at 608.237-1446.