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THANK YOU!

This past year, we were so very fortunate to have been blessed with some wonderful volunteers, who truly stepped up to assist with several different activities!

Because of your help, we were able to define the focus & direction of the programs 360grassroots will offer people at the Farmstead.
...For everything from rollin' up your sleeves during Farmstead workdays, to strategizing, planning, and brainstorming with us...we are so incredibly grateful for your continued support of our mission.

Thank you.
We could not have done it without you!
2017 IN SUMMARY: 
COMMUNITY UPDATES
PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH PLACES & PROGRAMS...
  • The 360grassroots Board of Directors was fortunate to have Bobby Frizzell and Earle Jones, Jr. added to the team. 
    • A "mission-minded" man, Earle has years of experience in Economics and Real Estate; we are so grateful to have his expertise!
  • Bobby continues to be The Farmstead interface to the City of Midlothian and the Midlothian Independent School District: attending council meeting, economic development and planning meetings. He volunteered for work on the MISD Bond Election, Growth Management committee and Middle School #3 design committee.
  • Anna Hammonds (a 501(c)3 strategist, and consultant) became a part of the volunteer team. Anna has volunteered many hours to the 360grassroots team, as it strives to support small town America; specifically, where we continued unfolding The Farmstead in Midlothian throughout the year.
    • Anna has been instrumental in conducting community workshops to identify needs of the community and then what type of programs would need to be developed to implement. She brings a lot of passion to the group.
    • She also played a major part in obtaining the use of a tractor from Donnie Conner to use for mowing (Thank you, Donnie!).
    • Anna, being a "farm-girl" herself, not only helped us get the tractor - she actually got on it, and mowed! Go get 'em, girl!
  • Terry Schick & Jenn Kinsey, two amazing volunteers in our group, have truly blessed us with their knowledge on many things - they are definitely our "jacks of all trades". They have not only contributed to multiple work-sessions, their passion for history and expertise on renovating historical structures has blessed our team with a wealth of much-needed information.
  • Jeannie Coonrod (a member of the Midlothian Arts Council) and her girls Rain and Melia are both prayer warriors and were also hands-on at various workdays.
    • This group was super creative in using elements from the old Anderson Farmstead to help us create "The Farmstead Scarecrow", which won $500.00 for 1st place in the non-profit category.
...THAT COMBAT COMMUNITY DETERIORATION
  • Andrea Walton, MISD school board member, assisted us with meeting and mentoring MISD students as we put together our Request For Qualifications ("RFQ") to potential Farmstead developers.
    • Thank you, Andrea! We are so very grateful!
  • Sharon Price, CPA at AFairchild, has helped by leading our team to create an entertainment program, by collaborating with her contacts at Charlton University.
  • 360grassroots won the Midlothian Chairman Award
  • Our team was honored to participate in a number of community events: Wine Walk, Midlothian Marketplace, Fall Festival, Bark for Life, and Opening of new Senior Citizen Center.
  • We also conducted a few planned community meetings, in order to bring additional awareness of the Farmstead project's status.
  • Bridgette & Steve Hawks are now participating in the City of Midlothian's Accelerator Group meetings.
And of course... it ain't over, yet! We don't stop (won't stop) working, and are constantly looking at finding solutions to every new phase of this project. Our goal is to ensure that The Farmstead implements exactly what the community wants and needs.

While we have overcome many major obstacles that have challenged the Farmstead's progress this past year, we expect there may be more in the year to come...
...Regardless - WE PUSH ON, tirelessly... because we KNOW this project is WORTH IT!

 ...As with most non-profits, there never seems to be enough $$$; BUT, we believe that there are many whom God has richly blessed us with, that will (or have already) become a part of this project; either through investment, time, energy, or donations...
 
...The groundwork is being laid to enable 360grassroots & the Farmstead to be self-sustaining!!!
2017 IN SUMMARY: 
THE FARMSTEAD UPDATES
During 2017, the 360grassroots Board of Directors and a core group of individuals have continued to move forward with the implementation of The Farmstead project.

Here are some of the major activities that occurred at the Farmstead this past year:
  • Bella Woods’ first wedding venue opened in February and the second venue in October. A number of  weddings performed and many booked for 2018. This completes Phase 1 of  The Farmstead!
  • We conducted a number of volunteer community workdays at the old Anderson Farm, Bella Woods, and The Farmstead.
  • We successfully negotiated a swap of 4 lots to McMillan movers to settle dollars owed. Also worked with city to move the two houses from the front of The Farmstead (along Hwy 67) back to a temporary location.
    • Once infrastructure is in place they will be moved to final location!
  • We submitted a grant for infrastructure dollars to Federal Government Economic Development Agency, being encouraged to do so by Cornell Wesley, EDA Director for Oklahoma and North Texas.
    • Expecting result of this submittal this spring!
  • We are also currently working on a backup plan to implement only Phase 1B (back portion next to Bella Woods). This would primarily be done with investments and fund raising.
  • We continued to meet with Baylor Scott White and Methodist hospitals who have expressed interest in being a part of The Farmstead.
  • We developed (and mentored Andrea Walton's MISD students!) a RFQ for development of The Farmstead and sent out to a number of developers. Some felt this was too small a project; since then the emphasis has been to seek out “Social Impact Investors”.
  • We also installed a temporary sign at front of The Farmstead, to let people know this is still working!
Again, THANK YOU!

We look forward to your continued involvement & support in 2018!
God Bless You!
All Donations made to Phase 1B will go towards building the trails and the Bed & Breakfast at the Farmstead.
DONATE TO PHASE 1B
People. Places. Programs. 
Combating community deterioration by providing unique places and programs that promote social entrepreneurship.
(Be sure to follow us on Facebook, using the links below, for updates on the project and upcoming news on the community gardens!)
www.farmsteadtx.org      |     A 360grassroots Development      |     (214) 334-2973
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