The Cooperative at Dawn Farm

is creating a new model for land stewardship

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About

The Cooperative at Dawn Farm is a diverse group that grew from Dawn Farm’s (an organization committed to helping people achieve long-term recovery from addiction) desire to better utilize their 64-acres in Ypsilanti Township, at the site of their long-term residential facility. The idea was to utilize this land well and to connect in new ways with the outside community. The co-op’s first priority is a commitment to the care of the land and its relationship with Dawn Farm, second to creatively and collaboratively utilize all of our resources to contribute to local resilience and food security through projects, businesses, and various stacked activities.

The cooperative is an emergent dynamic force- We don’t fully know where we are headed yet! That’s a scary but cool place to be. We are looking to use that uncertainty to our collective benefit, so that we can generate really interesting projects that work and serve everyone involved.

Why should you support this project? We believe that our current food system and relationship to the land is in real danger. There is a lot of regenerative work to do, and a lot of barriers to those who desire to do that work. This project combines the generosity of a non-profit organization with the creativity and energy of the local community to build the systems that will help us to heal that fractured relationship with our food systems and land. Some of our members are working to make a living growing and selling food, some are focused on education and community building, some are working towards conservation and utilization of the wild areas, others are working at animal husbandry, keeping bees, as well as tending to an 8-acre food forest... and all of us are interested in supporting the mission of Dawn Farm in helping addicts and alcoholics find recovery.

Most of us have second (and third!) jobs to help us subsidize this mission-based work. We are all drawn to this out of a passion for learning and interacting with the land and each other, as well as a desire to help create and share a better more resilient model for this work. We have already brainstormed ways to reduce the barriers to success in our design- shared free land, shared farm tools and resources, access to community and each other, etc. The addition of your patronage will help us to buy things like liability insurance, help us repair our hoop houses, and add to our infrastructure (we have plans to build a communal space for gathering, processing our harvests, a composting toilet, etc.), build a farm stand, among other creative ideas.

Your support means so much!
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$69.86 of $100 per month
Your generosity enables us to pay our organizational costs and funds basic outreach. 
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