The "Save the Barn" Project
For years, the District had leased the " Pincrest "Barn property in Homer Township, Midland County to sell trees and baby Pheasants, and other programs for the community. In July of 2019, the District purchased the historic property from Midland County, Thanks to overwhelming community support and donations provided by concerned 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 are so excited to create this education center for the community.
What you can look for in the near future...1-2 year goals
Annual meeting in May, (We hope with a barn open house and picnic )
Through the summer Family Fun Days, Conservation Matters Workshops, conservation demonstrations, a garden, native trees and shrub sales.
Future 3-5 year goals
A small restroom facility, Workshops for schools and youth groups, a farm market (free to local home producers wanting to sell their product according to the Michigan Cottage Law.,
Any donation amount will help us toward our goal to creating an educational space for learning, growing, and bettering our community. All donations over $100 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,
don't hesitate to contact us. We are excited to share our barn story with you.
We would also be happy to make a presentation to your organization.
Contact by phone at 989.486.2325, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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