Stacy Fields, Raspberry Fields
Grant Award: $6,000
After building materials costs rose steeply in early 2021, Stacy determined she would not be able to complete her proposed project, which was installing a commercial kitchen in a house that she and her husband already planned to build. They had to put the construction project on hold.
However, with plans to participate in ASAP’s 2021 Farm Tour, Stacy pivoted and used her grant funds to make much needed improvements to her farm in order to better accommodate agritourism and parking. This included buying a large event tent, adding sign graphics to their Coolbot trailer, and improving their farm access with grading and gravel
The farm tour event was a success with two days of steady visitors and a good turnout. She sold her value-added products including baked goods, vinegar, jams, and sourdough bread and gave tours to visitors to show them the raspberry plants and talk about their plans for future expansion.