We are so excited to announce that our new 600 sq. foot upstairs community space, called GATHER in The Pod at Frinklepod Farm, has come to fruition and will be open to the public on Jan. 15th! We have been dreaming of this for a long time - the opportunity to bring people together on the farm during any season and in any weather. These days, we are all so busy, moving so fast, and staring at our screens longer than we’d like…. the time feels so ripe to provide our community with a beautiful space for taking a pause, spending time with our neighbors and friends, and opening our hearts and minds to thoughtful conversations. Some plans for GATHER include:
hosting free/low-cost film screenings, presentations, and discussions around food, health, agriculture, the environment
showcasing live music, poetry, art
a corner library and reading area
expanded space for cooking classes, workshops, farm-to-table meals
casual seating for enjoying drinks and food from our kitchen cafe downstairs
hourly and daily rental opportunities for meetings, yoga classes, birthday parties, and more
As you may know, Noah and I have put a lot, A LOT, of heart into Frinklepod. We have also put in a lot of money, taken out a lot of debt, and made some personal sacrifices, to keep the farm running while also striving to innovate and evolve based on our passions and our community’s needs. We sometimes joke that we are like a non-profit, but without the non-profit status. Probably the best way to describe us is a “low-profit, mission-driven business.” While we obviously can’t predict the future, we can say unequivocally that we are committed to the success of Frinklepod and would not be here without the support of so many customers, CSA members, friends, staff, and cheerleaders, near and far, who have had faith in our vision and helped us work towards it.
With that said, with a list of expenses looming over us to put the finishing touches on/in GATHER, we are swallowing our pride to share our wish list and request any contribution you might like to make.
$600 for 24 beautiful stacking, wooden chairs for seating for events or meetings (found- on hold for us)
$200 for comfy seating for the library area (found- on hold for us).
$$ towards sturdy bookcases - or your used ones (check with us about dimensions)
your experienced assistance in choosing a good A/V system - projector, screen, speakers and/or any $$ contribution towards its purchase
If you would like to be recognized in some way for your contribution or would like to contribute in honor of someone else, please let us know. You can contribute online here or by mailing a check, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please keep in mind that since we are NOT a non-profit, what you give us cannot be considered a tax-deductible donation.)
We are still working out details of how community members may reserve/rent out GATHER in the future, but please reach out with any ideas or questions you may have at this point. And, check out the Events section of our website to see what’s already in the works!
Looking forward to sharing this space with you!