The 2023 holiday season is upon us, and I feel so fortunate to be able to look back over the past year and marvel at the ministry opportunities that have been afforded to us. It is a blessing to invest in the lives of people in our community here in Jacksonville and Zambia, Africa. As many of you know, my volunteers and I have invested multiple hundreds of hours in sweat equity to develop our property in Interlachen, Florida. We have tentatively scheduled the groundbreaking ceremony for our 9500+ square foot group living facility for foster girls that have aged out of the system for Saturday, April 27th. While it is exciting to see progress made on the actual building, we need to have a consistent stream of income to cover the expenses that will come with keeping such a large facility maintained while providing on-site employment opportunities for the young women that live at the facility.
For the past 18 months we have labored in our 20,000 square foot garden clearing the land, amending the soil, pulling weeds, eradicating pests, and testing plant cultivars to see how well they will adapt to the Interlachen micro-climate. The process has been tedious, but I’ve learned so much. On January 15th our current garden will be expanded an additional 56,000 square feet. This new clearing of the property will be designated for an organic orchard and vegetable garden. Lord willing, the “NorthPointe Acres Farmstand” will become operational this coming Spring, and we will reap huge profits from the sale of our fruits, vegetables, honey, and botanical gifts.
To make this project a reality we need to raise $16,500 by December 31st. The funds will be allocated as follows:
1. $7500 – land clearing, raking, and leveling for 1.3 acres
2. $8000 – installation of 1.5 hp submersible well pump system
3. $1000 – plants & soil amendments (my soil is so poor it’s like beach sand ☺)