For the past 20 years our local community has supported Tantre Farm by purchasing our fresh, organic, quality produce. For that, we are grateful. It is through these local connections that our relationships are richer, deeper, and more meaningful. Each year thousands of pounds of Tantre Farm produce are given back to our community through numerous produce donations as well, such as the following:
1. DONATED SHARES: Summer CSA Share-for-a-Month, Thanksgiving Shares, or Extended Fall Shares have been donated to local school’s and other nonprofit organization’s Silent Auctions for the past several years:
2015: Lawton Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Go Like the Wind Montessori, Cornerstone Elementary, Chelsea Community Hospital Spring Auction, Glacier Way Co-Op Nursery School, HIV/AIDS Resource Center
2014: Glacier Way Co-Op Nursery School, Cornerstone Elementary, Honey Creek Community School, Lawton Elementary, Agrarian Adventure 10th Anniversary Fundraiser Dinner
2013: Haisley Elementary, Lawton Elementary, Leslie Science Center, St. Louis Center, Chelsea Education Foundation
2012: Glacier Way Co-Op Nursery School, Honey Creek Community School, Lawton Elementary, Haisley Elementary, Chelsea Community Hospital Spring Auction, Chelsea Children’s Co-Op Preschool
2011: St. Louis Center, Lawton Elementary, Casa Latina Fiesta basket of produce, Honey Creek Community School Raffle, Cornerstone Elementary, Alpha House
2010: Michigan Friends Center, Chelsea Center for the Arts, Honey Creek Community School, Chelsea Community Hospital Spring Auction
2. FULL SEASON SUMMER CSA SHARE donated to “Grillin’ for Food Gatherers Silent Auction” yearly since 2006.
3. PRODUCE DONATIONS FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS such as Yellow Door, The Ozone House, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Zen Buddhist Peace Camp, Healthy Food Fair, HomeGrown Local Food Summit, Dine Out for Burns Parks PTO Auction Donation, Great Lakes Herb Faire, University of Michigan Harvest Festival, Restoration Agriculture Workshop with Mark Shepard, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, and even spring vegetable seedlings for the Alpha House garden have been offered throughout the seasons.
4. EXCESS TANTRE PRODUCE off and on throughout the summer is dropped off at the St. Louis Center: Residential Community for People with Developmental Disabilities, which is only a mile north of our farm in Chelsea. Food Gatherers (a food bank program in Ann Arbor) routinely picks up extra produce after the Ann Arbor Farmers Market on Wed. and Sat. as well.