The Program Director and Board of Directors are excited to announce our plan to make major renovations to the farm starting in 2023 through an upcoming Capital Campaign we are calling: Growing on the Farm.
Homeplace on Green River was established as a non-profit in 2001. It has grown each year in the 21 years that it has operated. We have added programs, events, activities, and projects one at a time through the dedication of a wonderful board of directors. Until 2020, the farm was managed solely by the board. In the two years since being joined by a program Director, Homeplace has worked to strengthen our branding, our administrative side of things, and the focus of our ambition. We believe we are well poised to take steps toward the next big adventure. As stewards of this incredible place, we are tasked with the preservation of the grounds and the wonderful historic buildings on our site. To ensure they survive through this century and are enjoyed by the community, some much needed renovations must take place. Beginning in 2023, we will be launching a multiyear capital campaign to fund a massive, multifaceted renovation and improvement project. This project will have many aspects but essentially three main phases.
Phase One: Raising the Barn
Having such a beautiful and functional facility at Homeplace for rentals and events will allow us to be more financially self-sufficient and enable other more mission-centric programs and activities on the farm. Also, we believe that a beautiful facility will be something the community will enjoy for years to come when we utilize it for our festivals, vendor events, and educational programs.
Phase Two: Going to Market
We want to make our feedlot, with is a 6000 square foot space on an incline more useable by pouring seven 40 by 24 foot concrete terraces and improving the bottom end to showcase our pond. We will call it The Market Pavillion. This space will be more handicapped accessible and just more functional. We will use it for large vendor events, produce/farmers market style spaces as well as a performance/presentation space.
Phase Three: Bring it Home
The historic Tate House was built in 1802 and has been partially renovated. To make the full house a useable space will require a large investment, but one that we believe is worth while. We would love for the house to eventually see it’s 300th year and we have an opportunity to help ensure that it can. We plan to renovate the rest of the home and add a few modern amenities to make it a rental space. We will rent it to visitors and Event Renters, as well as hold history-focused events and possibly even use it for artist residencies and to host visiting educators. This will preserve the home while making it a source of financial support for Homeplace.
Over the next few years, we will be working on grants, holding fundraising events, and reaching out to donors big and small across our region. A successful Capital Campaign will enable us to grow the farm and protect Homeplace on Green River for generations to come. This project will benefit our region as well as it will enable us to hold events that draw visitors from a wider area, boosting tourism and local businesses.
Help Get Us Started!
You can plant a seed at the farm today by making a financial contribution, or by committing to lending a hand later in the campaign. Click the link to learn more: