Like many barns across America, our barn is starting to show its age. And like many farmers, we were faced with a decision: is this worth salvaging, can we continue to use this structure in a meaningful way, how do we preserve the integrity of this massive barn without going bankrupt?! While we haven’t come up with all the answers, we know one thing – we need to save this important historical structure. The importance of these barns aren’t just for ascetic appeal, but saving the historical contributions of Rural America. It helps tell the story of early American farming.We have dedicated this page to documenting the reinvention and preservation of our barn. Please return to this site again to check on our progress!
Before construction began in the spring 2011:
In 2010 we started the Barn Preservation Fund and raised $550; 2011 we collected over $900. So in May 2011 we hired two local carpenters who replaced rotting sill plates, window frames and boards both inside and outside. We replaced empty door frames with new doors and windows, and the barn was at last pigeon-proofed! A stairway to enter the upper hay mow was built, then a cable system was devised to serve as our garlic drying racks.
Pictures of 2011 Construction:
We’re now raising funds towards a new barn roof, a costly thing to fix, with estimates coming in over $30,000.
If this inspires you, please consider a financial contribution to Ridgeland Harvest’s ‘Barn Preservation Fund’. Any sized donation is greatly appreciated!! These are not considered a tax deduction since we are not a non-profit. Thank you for your generous donations!!