The "Save the Barn" Project
For years, the District had leased the Tomlinson Barn property in Midland to conduct the Annual Tree Sale, District events and other programs. In July of 2019, the District purchased the historic property from Midland County, thanks to the overwhelming support and donations provided by concerned community supporters who wanted to see the barn saved from demolition. It is the goal of the District to transform this special space into an Educational Center and Learning Lab, for the purpose of environmental and agricultural education for the community.
Barn Accomplishments to Date
As of 2020, the following short term goals have been completed:
Long Term Goals
In order to fully transform this property into our Educational Center and Learning Lab, we are requesting donations to help us meet our long term goals for the property, which include:
We currently have just over $19,000 in the Tomlinson Barn Fund, and are seeking an extra $40,000 more to complete our long term goals. Any donation amount will help us toward our goal to creating an educational space for learning, growing, and bettering our community. All donations of $1,000 or more will receive a 'Friends of the Barn' plaque posted inside the barn. Donations are tax deductible.
If you are interested in supporting our project and would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone at 989.486.2325, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to share our barn story with you and hope to welcome you on board; we would also be happy to make a presentation to your organization. Thank you for your consideration of supporting this project and our effort to reach the Midland County community. If you choose to give, please make checks payable to Midland Conservation District Barn Fund and mail to the Midland Conservation District at 954 E. Isabella Road Midland MI 48640.
Barns symbolize positive qualities of American character: strength, honesty, endurance, security and family stability. They remind us of our heritage and help tell the story of rural life. They serve as landmarks while fulfilling the purpose for which they were originally designed, housing agricultural products and animals. With maintenance and some adaptations, they can serve us well for many years to come.
- Michigan Barn Preservation Network