If you've read the story of the Wild + Free Farm Village, you know this will be a place where mamas can come to be nourished; where teens can come to spread their wings; where children can learn about nature at forest schools, and where families can make unforgettable memories together:
We're currently hosting retreats at the property (as it is) for the Wild + Free community. But our long-term plans include refurbishing the existing buildings and adding a lake, a welcome center, and an event barn.
Here are the next few projects we plan to undertake, as we're able:
The Farm Village is owned by a 501(c)3 organization, which allows us to receive charitable gifts and donations. This vision was made possible by generous donors like you, and the future will be shaped by them as well.
The lodge looks impressive as it stands. But it's not suitable for family retreats because the rooms are outfitted with bunk beds, and the building hasn't been updated in decades. We've hosted quite a few work weekends to paint, clean, and fix-up the place, but it needs a major overhaul.
We have a vision to refurbish the main lodge with private family suites, a grand entrance, and an expanded foyer with a vaulted ceiling, combining the look of a mountain lodge with the feel of a modern farmhouse.
An architect helped us re-imagine the space, and several of those artistic renderings are presented below. The updated lodge will allow us to host families together, improve the amenities of staying here, and create a building that's worthy of the vision of the Wild + Free Farm Village.
Watching the Farm Village come to life was the most incredible part of this past year. The story of how it happened is nothing short of a miracle.
But we don't believe it ends there.
We know the best is yet to come.
The potential for this place is only limited by what we dare to dream. In fact, we have a vision for creating Wild + Free Farm Villages all over the world.
Those of you who helped make this possible are the early pioneers, the founders of this movement, and we couldn't have done it without you.
Now we're getting ready to undertake the biggest challenge of our lives.
Refurbishing the lodge and building the event barn and welcome center will cost millions of dollars. But we've already faced that obstacle before. We've learned that nothing can stop this community of Wild + Free families!
The question is whether you'll step into the greatest role of your life and become a founding family with us to build the Wild + Free Farm Village.
One day, we'll all be sitting on the front porch of the lodge, watching our grown children playing with their children in the fields and creeks, and we will know that the sacrifices we made to bring this to life were worth it.
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Ainsley + Ben Arment