With our nonprofit The Good Work Collective we are developing a nonprofit farm on the grounds that is part of our “Grow A Feastival” effort which will celebrate annual harvests and fuel the festival. The mission of the farm will be supporting youth, local pantry, education & veteran empowerment programs. The farm will be community-supported, self-sufficient, and provide agricultural products for our festivals/events. This is a unique big purpose project for a struggling rural community that needs it more than most in Michigan.
The whole project is non-zoned and endorsed by the city, county, Rotary, MI Senators, and the Director of Ag/USDA, Jason Allen, who said we “are more applicable for state and USDA funding than anything he is working on in Michigan”.
We have many strategic partners and local business sponsors. We first gained endorsement by Mancelona Township, Antrim County, Mancelona City Mayor, Traverse City Rotary & Marsha Smith, Triston Cole Regional House Representative & Michigan Senator, and Jason Allen (past senator now Director of Michigan Agriculture & USDA) as well as hundreds of regional local leaders, citizens and over 3500 Face Book fans in 6 months. The whole project is non-zoned with unique state funding potential and capital options. Jason Allen, said we “are more applicable for state and USDA funding than anything he is working on in Michigan”.
Mancelona Township Supervisor Supporting the Vision for Mount Mancelona