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April 2017

Dear Friend of the Pfeiffer Center,

Five years ago, we took to Kickstarter to raise funds to renovate our beloved Red Barn. Our goal: “To get the old barn ready for its next hundred years,” said Program Director Mac Mead. You responded in a big way, making possible a full rehab of the barn and new fencing and irrigation on nearby Molina Field.

These improvements — made possible by you — enabled us to more than double our agricultural output while building a biodynamic farm individuality on Hungry Hollow Road. Today, the Red Barn houses a dry, secure hayloft for our draft horses; storage for our biodynamic preparations and farm equipment; a metal- and woodworking shop; and our CSA pickup site. With the deer at bay and ample water, Molina Field now yields leafy greens all season long.

And we’ve built the Pfeiffer Center internship into the best training around for aspiring biodynamic farmers:

— Working in the Pfeiffer Center garden and on Molina Field exposes our interns to farming on every scale, from handwork to tractors, plus invaluable experience working with draft horses.

— Standard farm apprenticeships begin and end with the growing season; Pfeiffer Center interns spend a full twelve months with us, contributing to every aspect of planning, growing, harvesting, and marketing vegetable crops.

— Our interns fully experience the business and social aspects of bringing crops to market through working with our CSA and Farm Stand. They help make and market our teas, salves and herb salts.

— Our interns’ hands-on training is rounded out with classroom time in our workshops, One-Year Part-Time Biodynamic Training, Midwinter Intensive, and weekly group study.

— Our interns are mentored by Mac Mead and Head Gardener Megan Durney throughout their internship year, and beyond.

— All this takes place in a community setting alive with social, cultural, and educational opportunities.

To fulfill our mission, we will always need your help. Please give a gift to the Pfeiffer Center today, and know that every dollar donated directly supports our educational programs. Thank you for your support!

The Pfeiffer Center is a project of the Threefold Educational Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.