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Spoutwood Farm Center Launches Extensive Recovery Effort

Spoutwood Farm Center Launches Extensive Recovery Effort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May Day Fairie Festival Cancellation Prompts Spoutwood Farm Center to Launch Extensive Recovery Effort

Glen Rock, PA – May 25, 2017 For the first time in the 26-year history of the May Day Fairie Festival, Spoutwood Farm was forced to cancel. Due to the relentless rainy conditions, troubles with mud began in the parking area on Saturday morning at Forbes Farm, the neighboring field that accommodates the thousands of festivalgoers. Similar conditions on the Festival grounds at Spoutwood Farm, progressed throughout the day, and the decision was made late Saturday to cancel the remainder of the festival altogether due to serious safety concerns. The extremely muddy and wet conditions ended the annual celebration early.

The May Day Fairie Festival is not only a fun, annual celebration, but it is also the primary fundraiser for Spoutwood, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational farm. The Fairie Festival supports the Farm’s overall operations year-round and the consequences have yet to be fully realized. Because the Festival has always been a rain-or-shine, past years have suffered because of rain and low attendance. This cancellation, however, is unprecedented and well beyond a usual weather setback. Not only did the Festival experience a low turnout on Friday and Saturday, but they also had zero income on Sunday due to the cancellation, and they were prompted to pay partial vendor fee refunds, as well as refunds for advance sale ticket holders who were unable to attend. Repair and maintenance costs will also contribute to the overall losses leaving the estimated financial impact at a devastating deficit of approximately $100,000.

Operations costs for Spoutwood Farm Center include general farm maintenance, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, the operation of the teen CHEFS program, animal care, grounds keeping, all staffing, and upkeep of the various buildings and equipment, such as the Observatory, Frodo Straw Bale building, office, barn and other outbuildings. Without recovery assistance, the cancellation and subsequent deficit will also either delay or altogether derail future plans including the development of a formal library from the thousands of nature books collected throughout the years, and the launch of a complete roster of educational outreach programs.

In spite of the current devastation, Spoutwood Farm Center is determined to recover and thrive and the annual May Day Fairie Festival celebrations will continue. The recovery effort is already underway with a general fundraising campaign, with donations being gratefully accepted on the website HERE and through the GoFundMe campaign HERE. The Board of Directors and the support team for Spoutwood are also researching and pursuing appropriate grants that aid non-profit organizations, and discussing the possibility of hosting a different fundraising event some time in 2017. All donations to the 501(c)(3) are tax deductible.

Additionally, participating in the Spoutwood Farm Center Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program also supports the Farm and aids the recovery effort. The CSA provides a weekly supply of fresh, local, naturally grown vegetables as well as egg and cheese options for 24 weeks of the growing season. CSA shareholders pay in advance for a regular medium or large supply of vegetables. Shareholder commitments allow the Farm to grow the best quality produce without the economic worry that besets modern agriculture.

Sign up for the CSA HERE. Pick-ups begin on May 25th and registrations will continue through mid June.

ABOUT THE MAY DAY FAIRIE FESTIVAL

America’s first Fairie Festival started in 1991 as a small fairie-themed party at Spoutwood Farm. It has since grown into a three-day celebration with friends of the fae coming from all over the world.

ABOUT SPOUTWOOD FARM CENTER

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational farm, Spoutwood Farm Center demonstrates, promotes, and advocates for our interconnected sustainable partnership with Nature. Spoutwood Farm Center is a place of beauty, respite and renewal, inspiring people to reconnect to Nature by honoring the living web of our particular place on Earth, through celebration, wonder, and stewardship. Spoutwood’s heart-felt belief is that, through fresh, locally grown food and effective plant-animal-people partnerships with the land, we will build a vital, just, and sustainable world for the 21st century. To learn more about Spoutwood Farm Center, please visit www.spoutwood.org or find us on Facebook.

SPOUTWOOD FARM CENTER MISSION

Spoutwood Farm Center demonstrates, promotes and advocates for our interconnected sustainable partnership with Nature.

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FOR ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Victoria Ribeiro
717-942-1333
victoria@deeprootsmc.com
Deep Roots Marketing Communications
www.deeprootsmc.com
UPDATE:  Sunday Fairie Festival Cancelled

UPDATE: Sunday Fairie Festival Cancelled

UPDATE: For the first time in 26 years, the May Day Fairie Festival had to cancel the final day, Sunday May 7, due to safety issues. Although we understand that some of you may be disappointed you did not get to attend, please know that our team is heartbroken, and currently working on recovering from the devastation of the cancellation. Please bear in mind that this annual event is not only a fun celebration, but it is also the primary fundraiser for Spoutwood Farm Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational farm. Fairie Festival supports the Farm’s operations year-round. We are working on our refund and cancellation policy for all ticket holders who were unable to attend and we will share that information as soon as possible. Please check the email that you used when you purchased your tickets for messages from Spoutwood Farm. Be sure to watch your SPAM and JUNK filters to be safe. We will also update our Facebook pages and events as soon as we send out the ticketing update to ticket holder emails. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated during this process. Please share this message with anyone you know that has concerns about the status of the refund process. Kubiando!

 


 

“It is with great sadness that we must announce that tomorrow, Sunday, May 7, for the first time ever, the May Day Fairie Festival at Spoutwood Farm is officially closed due to safety concerns at both Forbes (our parking farm) and at Spoutwood. This was a difficult decision made by Spoutwood and Forbes together. The mud fairies have made their intentions very clear and we must respect them, Keeping all of our vendors, volunteers, performers, patrons, and participants SAFE is our top priority.

We are grateful to the township and fire department for their tremendous help and support this year, and we would like to reiterate that this decision was made by Spoutwood and Forbes Farms.

We will be sending emails to the monthly meeting volunteer list, the volunteer signup lists, and all who applied on the volunteer application tonight. We are also posting on social media and telling everyone who is still on the Farm.

Please help get the word out to people in a positive way. We appreciate each and every one of you and everything you do for the Farm and the Festival.

Thank you and Squishiando, my fae friends.”

Help Wanted!

Help Wanted!

Spoutwood is growing!

The 22nd year of our CSA program is approaching fast and we need a few hands!

• CSA Apprentices to work full-season with the Farm Manager to ensure the smooth running of our CSA program. Some involvement with festivals and other activities will also be included.

• CSA Interns to assist with all aspects of CSA operations, without the level of responsibility expected of Apprentices, and need not sign up for the full season.

Please direct inquiries, resumes, and cover letters for the CSA to Angela at: farm.manager@spoutwood.org.

• Administrative Intern to assist in the administrative tasks and duties of the farm, while learning the ins and outs of administering a small, non-profit, family-owned farm.

• Farm Librarian to create a library with our large collection of educational books. They are located in various stacks in several rooms of several buildings, some of which also have sizable collections of dust and mold, so you must be able to handle some must!

Please direct inquiries, resumes, and cover letters for the farm needs to Rob at: spoutwood@comcast.net.

You should have an interest in the Spoutwood philosophy of living in harmony with nature and safeguarding environmental quality, making efficient use of non-renewable and on-farm resources, all while growing food to meet human needs in an economically viable way.

Drive, dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, and a good sense of humor are essential. You must also possess a willingness and ability to work well with others, including one’s fellow interns & apprentices, permanent Spoutwood staff, CSA shareholders, and the general public.

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