Small farm crowdfunds for new equipment
|Cody Reed, left, and Elizabeth Powell, of Five Foot Farm in Quincy, joke around toward the end of their harvesting season last year.
Last week was a big week for a small Quincy farm. Five Foot Farm owners Cody Reed and Elizabeth Powell paid off their Kiva loan and launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help with farming equipment costs.
Five Foot Farm, named after small farming concepts along with the height of the two farmers, finished its first year of production last fall.
To start the farm Reed and Powell got a $5,000 microloan from Kiva Zip, an online site through which lenders can invest in small startups.
“There were a lot of infrastructure costs that first year,” Reed said. “The $5,000 went to fencing and irrigation and partially paid for a shed.”
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Beckwourth Ranger District offers free forest fun
|The snow has melted and Frazier Falls is flowing at full force. Photo by Ann Powers
The time is now and the forest is where it’s at — for free.
“It’s time to take advantage of your backyard,” said Pandora Valle, Beckwourth Ranger District recreation manager. “The forest is the place to be. Come out and camp for a couple nights or just get out for the day and take a hike.”
The district rests within the Plumas National Forest and includes three major recreational areas: Lakes Basin, Lake Davis and Frenchman Lake.
Camping is currently available in the recreation areas of that approximately 350,000-acre backyard, with limited services at no cost.
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Quincy man faces 25 years to life in prison
Last week a jury found Kenneth Charles-Allen Stringfellow guilty of murder in the December 2013 death of a toddler who was under his care.
Stringfellow, 25, of Quincy, was found guilty of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death.
He faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 12.
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Juror says duty was stressful, but important
The jurors who set aside their personal and professional lives for the nearly month-long murder trial understood the gravity of the decisions they faced.
For the nine men and three women on the panel, it was a stressful and emotionally draining experience.
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Blue lights: Horses Unlimited shines bright for Autism Awareness Month
|Steven Walker rides Hank led by Horses Unlimited volunteer Holly Sternberg as part of the nonprofit’s equine therapy program. Photo courtesy Horses Unlimited Inc.
April is National Autism Awareness Month and Horses Unlimited Inc. is shining light on the developmental disorder that MIT researchers predict will affect half the children born in the United States by 2025.
On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, the Cromberg-based nonprofit joins forces with the Autism Speaks organization in celebrating its international Light It Up Blue campaign.
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