Parents and grandparents of Shelburne Community School students are getting a new way to support the school’s PTO. Throughout the month of April, family members can enjoy savings at Fisher Brothers Farm while also supporting the school.
“We introduced the pre-buy program last year. Like a CSA, it allows you to pre-buy a share of the products and services available at Fisher Brothers Farm. Unlike many CSA’s, the pre-buy gives the customer complete control over what products and services it is applied to in the given year, while including a 10% discount on any purchase made with the pre-buy. We used the pre-buy program as a vehicle for fundraising at another school in 2016, and it worked out quite well. This year we are adding Shelburne Community School to the program as our way to provide material support to the school educating most of Shelburne’s children; we look at it as part of being a good citizen in the community,” owner Bob Clark said.
Clark and his wife, Becky Castle, co-own Fisher Brothers Farm, located next to the Kwiniaska golf course, and this is their second year in business. The fundraiser is in keeping with the farm’s family-centered philosophy.
“As residents of Shelburne as well as business owners, why wouldn’t we want to do this? A farm like ours is a group effort, the same way the school is a group effort. These are our neighbors and friends, and if we can facilitate an easy path to generosity while fulfilling our own goals for giving, maybe it becomes a habit. Doing well by doing good has accomplished a lot in the world,” Clark said.
Twenty percent of each pre-buy made by parents or grandparents of current SCS students will be donated to the school, Clark said. The purchaser will have the full value of the pre-buy, and the farm will donate 20% of that value to SCS. While community members are encouraged to purchase a pre-buy, he added, it will not trigger a donation to the school.
The farm’s product line is constantly evolving, Clark said. Some of the options currently available for purchase include: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, aronia berries, aronia berry syrup, elderberries, elder berry syrup, several varieties of sweet corn, gourmet homemade ice cream, ducks, several varieties of squash, pumpkins, fresh honey, ginger, and a variety of other vegetables and products.
“The funds raised will go to the PTO to fund various school projects. We typically raise over $35,000 annually to support teachers, classrooms, field trips, and special supplemental schoolwide programs,” Dawn Fragola, PTO co-chair, said.
The fundraiser concludes at the end of this month.