A national program that supplied food for the schools in our region closed this year. This left us with an urgent need of resources to feed the children in our schools. To fill that void, as well as provide the Fond-des-Blancs community with increased food production, income, and job opportunities, an Agricultural Coop venture will begin in early 2014. The project, which will ultimately include production on 100 acres, has already received encouraging support through a couple of successful pilot projects, local participation, and the generous contributions of materials by several donors. However, we still need approximately $70,000 for shipping and custom fees to get all the farm equipment, generators, storage containers, etc. to the farm.