Meghan Scott 2017-02-03 08:52:23
PONY DREAMS My sister Claire and I live with our parents and brothers and sisters on a remote 40 acre farm near Kingsley. The farm consists mostly of woods and pasture and has a real up north, pioneering feel. In the spring of 2012 when we moved to the property, Claire and I dreamed of someday having our very own ponies. We had dairy goats, chickens, a milk cow, pigs, a dog and a cat, but no ponies. Money was tight and Mom and Dad could not afford to get ponies for us or pay for feeding them even if we were able to purchase them ourselves. During the fall of 2012 our family began selling produce, eggs, and baked goods at The Village Farmer’s Market in Traverse City. This provided my sister and me an opportunity to earn money so we could one day get ponies. I was 8 years old when I first started selling pencil drawings, mainly of horses. For Christmas that year, I received a charcoal pencil set from my artistic Grandma and Grandpa. Claire joined me with her drawings a year later when she was 6. Dad shared the table space with us and we sold our drawings for 25 to 50 cents each, hoping that one day we would earn enough to own a pony or two. We also knitted scarves and hats and sold them at the market. Our goal was to raise $1,000 before we could get ponies. Everything we earned went into the “pony fund.” When I turned 10 years old I started participating in 4-H and showed one of our goats at the fair and sold it at the auction. Money from that also went into the pony fund, and that gave us quite a boost. Our Aunt Donna and Uncle Bob and a close friend also made donations, and in 2015 we reached our goal. During the summer of that year our dream became reality and we welcomed two ponies, Brooklyn and Cole, home to Old Hundredth Farm. We really like interacting with the folks that come to our farm stand. Through this whole experience, people at the market have been encouraging and generous and have often donated more than our asking price for the drawings, which is now at $2. That first winter Mrs. Bevier, a former art teacher, would come to our stand every week and buy a drawing. Mrs. Jelinek, the market manager, would also regularly make special requests of drawings for me to do for her. The drawings became better and better and pretty soon we became quite popular at the market. It seemed like everyone who came to market had at least one of our drawings on their refrigerator. We are so thankful for all of those people. We are also thankful for all of the support and encouragement from Mr. Minervini, “Papa Ray,” whose father was an incredible artist. We continue to create artwork consisting mainly of horses to sell at the farmer’s market. We also take requests for drawings of other animals or pets. On one occasion a man brought his dog to the market so we could draw a picture of her. Kitty Soma from the Christmas Tide store has been instrumental in taking us to the next level by developing puzzles, pins, magnets, and cards of our artwork. We have learned so much from her and are thankful for all of her help. We are considering expanding even further with our production of cards to include various holiday themes and party invitations. We are also currently looking into developing a website. In the meantime we can be found at The Village Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from November through April and Mondays from June through August, or you can touch base with us at the Old Hundredth Farm stand at the Sara Hardy Market in Traverse City on Saturdays from May through October. We have learned a lot in our adventure to get ponies and be responsible for feeding and caring for them. We’ve learned about what it means and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. We’ve learned how to set goals, and to make a plan, and to work hard to achieve our goals. We are grateful to the Lord and to all of the people who have helped to make our pony dreams come true.
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