March 2024 Update

Happy Anniversary To Us!

On March 2nd, Next Step Farms will celebrate its second anniversary! Just look how far we’ve come. The outpouring of support from family, friends, and the community has been overwhelming. Your support in so many areas has made a difference in the lives of our clients and we are very grateful. As we move into our third year, and now that we are settled permanently at the farm, we will focus on empowering and ncouraging our clients through the learning of life skills, teaching confidence through independence, and building relationships through social skills and sharing.

This year we have also planned exciting events for you to support and enjoy – some fun favorites, some new and daring, and all guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, and maybe a little ketchup! So this month we want you to check out the list of events below, mark your calendars, and be ready to sign up. Share these events with your family and friends and plan to join us. You know you want to!

March 18 – 4th Annual Golf Tournament – Huntsville Country Club
Afternoon course times, lunch included – Click the links below:
Next Step Farms Golf Tournament 2024 Player Sign Up
Next Step Farms 2024 Golf Tournament Sponsorship Opportunities

June 15 – Super Scavenger Hunt!
Replaces our annual Poker Run. Any mode of transportation is acceptable and open to all ages for participation. Event fees include a game playing card, and a chicken lunch! Event starts at Next Step Farms at 9am and ends back at the farm at 1:00pm with prizes and lunch!

June 22 – Tastee’s 2nd Annual Hotdog Eating Contest.
Join this family fun event as local heroes and celebrities compete! September 28 – 2nd Annual Fall Festival at the Farm. Games, prizes, food, farm animals, hayride, music, and special guests.

November 2 – “Farm Livin’ on Park Avenue“ Fundraising Gala
The Royal Room at Stovehouse from 6:00-10:00 pm
Tickets go on sale this summer! Dinner, Silent Auction Items, Live music featuring Shane Atkins early in the evening and local celebrity Microwave Dave!

Sustainability Partners

Becoming a sustainability partner means that you commit to a monthly donation for a minimum of one year. Current sustainability partners do not have their donations allocated. Is it possible that you are holding back from becoming a partner because you want to KNOW where you money is being used? We can help with that! Some options for designated funds include- Animal Care, Culinary Education, Gardening Education, Equipment Maintenance Education. When you sign up, if general funds does not meet your heart’s desire, let us know what does. You can sign up by simply visiting our donor page, click monthly donor, complete the necessary information, and each month your account will automatically donate. If you prefer to donate through direct deposit or a check, simply email us at for required information for your banking services.

Become a Quart Donor ($100), Pint Donor ($75), ½ Pint Donor ($50), or ¼ Pint Donor ($25)!!!

Current Needs ….
  • Garden seeds – tomatoes, cucumbers, marigolds, strawberries, corn, peppers
  • Herbs – lavender, dill, basil, parsley,
  • Potting soil for seeding
  • Ten apple trees – any variety
  • Two fig trees
  • Garden shed for storing feed and seed

Special Thanks to…

  • Wes Kendall – Donated shelving, track tables, carts
  • Amber Stewart – CoopWorx feeder and watering system for the chickens
  • Memorial Donation – Doc and Kenzie – $1000
  • Donna Sorrell – Donated heat press
  • Grace Philanthropic Group – Monetary donation ($311) and opportunity to share about Next Step Farms
  • PureWhite Media – PSA video productions
  • Chief Excavation & Landscaping – Drainage repairs on the property
  • ADS (coordinated by Eric Lott) – Donated $1000 of mulch and Black Kow for 30 raised beds. Special shout out to the volunteers who helped reset and prep the beds for planting!
  • Jason Fox, David Catalfamo & Jimmy Fox – Thank you for installing our GHOST gate!
  • Brian & Kelly Milby – Sustainability Partner
  • Kevin and Beth Hammond – Sustainability Partner

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