Today’s Sunday Farm Update marks a big milestone for Mary and I and the Farm. With the click of a button late yesterday, (and a lot of work over the last few weeks) we opened the Old World Garden Vintage On Line Store to offer detailed building plans of our pergolas, farm tables and canning cabinets for DIY’ers to build themselves. With its opening, we complete one of our top 5 goals for 2013. In the process, OWG Vintage will now help us get closer to completing another one of our top 5 goals – Mary’s dream of a sensory garden for autistic and special needs children.
Ever since building our first pergola for the farm a few years back – we have been asked many times if we would sell our plans for those wanting to build their own. The same goes for the canning pantry cabinet and the big farm trestle table and benches. Many of you who have followed along know that much of the farm has been built from the proceeds of selling our pergolas and farm tables. With creating OWG Vintage, we can now make those plans available to everyone, and in the process of doing so, have perhaps found a way to help build another dream.
And that is where the sensory garden project fits in. It has been Mary’s dream to create an area on the farm that will become a complete sensory garden for autistic and special needs children to come free of charge and experience and learn from all that can be found in nature. Over the last few months, we looked into several ways to apply and work with various grants and programs. When it came right down to it – we decided by the time we applied and waited – we might be able to complete it sometime before the year 2050! So, much like the pergola’s and farm tables we make to help build our farm – we’ll use the proceeds from the OW Garden Vintage shop to power the sensory garden project. With each sale from the Etsy shop – we will continue to add more to the sensory garden and farm. This will allow us to go ahead and start the garden layout in early spring, and as we can – build areas along the walkway for all types of therapy and sensory stimulation opportunities.
So last night, very quietly at about 9 pm, we opened up our Old World Garden Vintage Etsy shop – complete with detailed plans for our Pergolas, Farm Tables, and the ever popular Canning Cabinet. (Isn’t it funny, that simply out of a need to store our canned goods, something made from scrap materials on a whim becomes what everybody loves!) The OWG Vintage Store is a great way to reach people that either want to build their own items or are too far away for us to reach locally. At the same time – it becomes a great way to fund the Sensory Garden Project.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
– Jim and Mary
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