Organization: Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library
Project Coordinator: George O’Neal
Location: Timberlake, Person County, NC
The Sustainable Agriculture Tool Lending Library came to be through farmers George O’Neal (Lil’ Farm) and Kelly Owensby (Transplanting Traditions Community Farm). Realizing how difficult it was for George, as a young farmer, to rent or buy equipment for his farm, they came up with the plan to start a cooperative with ten other farmers to buy farm tools together and share them.
The tool lending library uses a Google calendar to manage who gets which tool when. The group also collects yearly membership fees that go towards future tool buying, insurance, and maintenance of the tools, and different farmers are assigned to different positions (secretary, treasurer, etc) to help the group run smoothly and sustain itself long-term.
Learn more about how tremendously beneficial this project is, how easy it is to replicate, and how it makes for a stronger, more vibrant, and more successful farm community by listening to our podcast about the project from when it first got its start in 2011.
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