Donating Paper to the Farm

Fast read:

My Facebook post regarding used wrapping paper went VIRAL. If you’d like to contribute paper for our animals, please keep the paper flat (try not to wad it up into a ball.) Our shredder is only capable of taking smooth pieces. After Christmas, if you’d like to bring other paper, we take any and all staple-less items (magazines, newspapers, old homework sheets, etc.) and use it all year round.  If you’d like to drop it off, you can do so between 10am and 2pm Saturday (12/26/15) and Sunday (12/27/15). Monday (12/28/15) is my 13-year Anniversary of being married to The Husband, so no dropoffs that day. Lesson students can drop off paper at any scheduled lesson time. Thank you so much for your generosity and thinking of our animals. If you’d like to arrange another time and/or are considering lessons/camps/parties with us, please contact me at RideFireflyFarm@gmail.com. (There’s more fun and entertainment below, but if you’re pressed for time, this ^ is the way to go.)

Sarah and Applejack

Sarah with Applejack the rescue foal

“46, 080 reached.”

“768 shares.”

Surprise! Your Tiny Farm’s VIRAL.

I stared at the screen in mixed fascination, uncertainty, and excitement. People cared enough about my 11-acre farm that they asked other people to help me. If my 15-minutes of fame comes about because people want to help my animals, I’ll take it.

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Last night I dreamed of a traffic jam as hundreds of people descended upon the farm. Truckers waved their hats as they dumped pile after pile of paper at my feet. Someone brought a giant food-processor capable of whirling snowdrift-sized piles of confetti.

And I woke up smiling.

We have a small operation here. Six stalls, eleven horses, eight cats, two turkeys, twenty-ish ducks and the same amount of chickens. (If you’d like to see the animals, go to the top of the page in the big tan box where it says “Meet the Animals.”)

We have one shredder that is capable of taking 12 sheets of paper at a time, and as of this post, bought a second on Amazon.com that’s able to shred 20 pages at a time. Who shreds the paper? Me. (If you’d like to see me, please go to the top of the page in the big tan box where it says “The Instructor.”)

We use paper all year round, but I had the idea of shredding wrapping paper after last Christmas. We shred metal-less, staple-less paper–anything–magazines, newspapers, birthday cards that didn’t contain any money–anything that’s recycleable. We use this as bedding instead of buying sawdust. It’s a little more work, but it doesn’t cost us anything and breaks down into the most beautiful dark, rich soil you’ve ever seen. We put the used bedding and manure in buckets, and the neighbor hauls it away for use on his fields. We also use it for our garden.

Remember that we’re small. Storage space is at a premium, so if you plan to do a dropoff, you can either come Saturday 12/26/15 from 10am-2pm, Sunday 12/27/15 from 10am to 2pm, or email me for specific times. RideFireflyFarm@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for your generosity. I’m humbled and delighted and terrified all at the same time. (Terrified of being buried by 43,000 households worth of paper, you understand. Not of the generosity.)

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