After four years of feeding the needy with his Surrey-based charity farm, God’s Little Acre, Jas Singh is — for the first time — asking for help with a crowdfunding campaign.
Singh, the farmer behind the hayfield turned vegetable farm that has donated more than 420,000 pounds of fresh food since 2011, launched a Go Fund Me page on Monday, seeking to raise $50,000.
According to Singh, for the past four years he has funded the farm himself by either driving a truck on the weekends or from the sales made at the on-site market.
The charity is also completely volunteer run and borrows the bulk of its farming equipment.
However, the farm has grown so much that it needs its borrowed tractors for the entire season, which is something the owners can’t afford.
“We’ve expanded from three acres in the first year to 70 acres now and we don’t own a single tractor,” said Singh. “It’s time that we own our own.”
If the campaign reaches its $50,000 goal, the funds will go toward buying two tractors and fuel for the season, repairing the farm’s current equipment as well as funding its 2015 charity project of donating 150,000 pounds of produce to those in need.
The campaign has already garnered a huge response, raising 25 per cent of its goal within a single day.
“Ever since we started the page there are people donating almost every 10 minutes,” said Singh, adding that the response “absolutely blew me away.”