Farms We fund
10% of TATER TAT sales go directly to sustainable farms and healthy food organizations.
Our aim at Tater Tats is to encourage healthy, seasonal eating. We love farmers, and we want to create positive change in our food systems, so each year we give back 10% of total sales to farmers who are changing the world from the ground up. This means, for every four tattoos you buy, we give 50 cents to a farm who is growing sustainable, earth friendly, delicious food. Keep reading to learn about the farms we fund!
Coopersville, MI. In 2016 Tater Tats helped Blackbird Farms buy a seedbed roller, to streamline their transplant process. The farm, run by Greg Dunn is located in Coopersville, Michigan, not far from where we operate Tater Tats. Greg grows over one-hundred varieties of vegetables on sixteen acres for market and CSA. We first met Greg through our local farmers alliance West Michigan Growers Group and have enjoyed hearing his stories--laced with sarcasm--at our monthly potlucks. When he isn't farming, Greg offers garden teaching & consultation services. He also throws a mean bonfire.
Melissa Rebholz is a prime example of how farmers must be Jacks & Jills of all trades. With a collective ten years of farming experience, Melissa and Severian run Riverhouse Farm on a few acres in Eastern Tennessee. In 2017 Tater Tats helped fund a pump so they could utilize the Nolichuckey River, their farm namesake, to irrigate their fields.
We speak to Elia Woods about their passion-driven work at CommonWealth Urban Farm, an urban micro-farm in Oklahoma City. Their words contain what we've heard from farmers all over: how good farming tastes, how unappreciated it can be, but also absolutely rejuvenating & necessary. Tater Tats helped fund a drip irrigation system for their new hoophouse. You can contact Elia Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Street is currently in transition from an incubator farm to land of his own. He grows organic vegetables, pastured chickens & eggs in North Carolina's Elma Lomax Farm, where he's benefited from a network of farmers & local food enthusiasts. In the following interview, Ben discusses his initial inspiration, his tipping point, and the joy and life purpose that working the land can bring.
Northern Michigan farmers Carissa and Nate are transitioning from farming two acres to sixty acres and are excited about feeding their community even more beautiful food, raised sustainably and transparently. They run a Farm Credit CSA and sell their mixed vegetables and pastured pork at markets.
Callywood farms is a hilly, woodsy family-run farm growing mushrooms, veggies, and pasture-raised meat. Tater Tats helped them expand their mushroom production.
Copeland Springs Farm in Pitsboro, NC raises amazing plants, flowers, and mushrooms and was one of our 2016 giveback recipients. We were honored to help fund the farm's new walk-in cooler.
Added Value Farms is an urban farm and youth-empowerment program in Red Hook, Brooklyn operating two urban farms and a community composting program. Their farm was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and in rebuilding, their greenhouse had to be taken down. Tater Tats funded new ground posts and hardware to rebuild the greenhouse.
2016 Tater Tat givebacks funded a solar fence charger for garlic + sheep: an intensive grazing, Icelandic sheep legacy / dream project. Shepherdess Johanna Bystrom focuses on building the health of the soil and that of her sweet flock. She's looking for real-life Catan trades of sheep for wheat... anybody??
Green Wagon grows a wide variety of vegetables and herbs for CSA, market, and wholesale. Tater Tats contributed supplies for their winter greenhouse, expanding their harvest season significantly.
Two Sparrows Farm & Dairy is a small family farm producing non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic free raw milk, grassfed beef, and pastured pork, poultry and free-range eggs.
Katie and Tom have introduced many, many community members to the values of eating and growing food well. The Tater Tats kickstarter campaign funded one season of salads, supplying them with 40 different varieties of green seeds.
Full Hollow farm (also known as Brad and Jamie) are talented, knowledgeable, hard-working, and extremely fun farmers. We're honored to have helped them in their first year of production by purchasing an electric fence to surround their vegetable fields.
Jon and Nikki own Honeybird Farm are facing some dreamy plans for expansion (berry orchard, pastured chickens and pastured pigs). Tater Tats funded a shelter to use in the rotational grazing of heritage pigs.