Rejuvenate Pastures for Rescue Horses to Graze

by Bertell Farms, NFP
We have grass!  (Some)
We have grass! (Some)

Thanks to all of you out there who have helped us along the way, we FINALLY have grass growing in our pastures! It has been a long haul and I can see light at the end of the tunnel for this project. Once they are well established, we will turn our attention to repairing the fencing and restructuring the layout. We will also be adding shelter in each individual pasture and paddock. Once again, a shout out to a worthy not for profit out there. Check out DART disaster Animal Response Team. It's like the Red Cross for animals. Check them out! Again, thanks so much for your continued support!

With another mild winter and lots of rain, I think we live in a perpetual state of 'swamp' instead of pastures. We need to catch a break with he weather in the next month or two so we can dig trenches and lay the tile. Under the current conditions, trenches would collapse as soon as they were dug. They would fill with water making it impossible to properly lay the tile. My sincere hope is that we get this entire project completed THIS SUMMER! If you have a few extra dollars, the next Bonus Donation day is March 13th. Your donation will be matched at 30% by Global Giving! Sweet! Where else is your donation worth more than face value? As usual, I want to give a shout out to an amazing organization. Recently, through shared efforts in working a horse neglect case, I have had the pleasure of working with Jacqui and Roger at Boone County Animal Services, Belvidere, Il. They are so dedicated to the animals in their care as well as educating the public about animal abuse and neglect. Surprisingly to me, they operate on a shoestring budget that does not allow them to provide sometimes essential healthcare to animals. This is only funded by the generous donations of people in the community. Find and like them, and us, on Facebook. BCASAC will find them. Thanks once again to all of you for your past donations to our pasture project. Please remember March 13th Bonus Donation Day and give what you can. Also, be on the lookout for our newest project to be posted soon!

Hey Folks,

This is a quick note to ask for your vote as we compete for a $2500.00 grant to step up our efforts to help the Feral Cats that come our way.  I have had some good success in 'winning them over' and bringing them indoors to live with families.  It's a win-win.  All we need is time (and a little money!)  Please follow the link below and vote and share!

It is almost the holidays.  Please consider a small gift to our Pasture project as you share in the holiday spirit with your friends and family.  Please "LIKE" us on Facebook and share our information with your family and friends.  Perhaps a small mention in your Holiday Letters to tell your loved ones about projects you support and care about.

We, here at Bertell Farms, want to wish you a joyous and warm holiday season and love and success in the coming year!

We'll do the hard work ourselves!

Anybody know how to run a back hoe?  Me neither!  But that didn't stop us from moving forward with our project, despite a lack of experience operating machinery of this type. 

We were having trouble lining up professional help with our pasture irrigation project, so we did our research.  We learned all about pasture drain tiles and how to install them, how they work, and how to lay them out.  Okay, we still have a bit of studying to do, but it seemed do-able!  So, we next researched buying our own equipment and doing it ourselves.  My husband found a great deal on this Back Hoe, and viola, we bought it!  It is pretty impressive.  That is me sitting in the driver's seat.  (Notice that it is still sitting on the trailer!)

Now, we have to figure out how to pay for it! We may need to adjust our fundraising goal in order to cover the equipment and supplies for the horses.  We will definitely let you know!  We certainly could use your help now!

October 17th is BONUS DAY!  That means that YOUR donation is worth 30% more thanks to a matching gift from Global Giving.  If you are planning on a fall donation, why not give when it helps the most - BONUS DAY!  Starting at midnight, please donate what you can!

Thank you so much for your continued support of our efforts with the horses.  With hay prices as they are this year, the more we receive here frees up funds to pay for Hay and Grain for the horses.

I look forward to hearing from you all.  Please write with any questions to:

Lora Bertell

PS:  This month, my recommendation for an organization worthy of mention is Comfort for Critters.  They organize the creation and dispensing of small blankets to be given to animals in shelters waiting for their forever homes.  The blankets then are sent with the animal once they are adopted.  If you can knit or crochet, or have yarn to donate, they could use your help.  Check them out at

Greetings to our fellow animal supporters! I must admit that it has been slow going 'round here. We started off the year with a bang! Completing the GG April Challenge was a fantastic start, thanks to all of you. Mother Nature looked to be cooperating early and gave us a lot of nice and nourishing rain. The rain, however, turned into a double-edged sword. Too much of a good thing... Looking back at the flooded pasture pictures, it is hard to believe that now, just two months later, our pastures that once supported the growth of grass for ruffage, has turned sparse and barren. So now that we have decided what to do about it, we need to wait our turn to get our project started. We have spent a lot of time researching types of drainage systems for this type of farm land. We have located the person highly recommended in this area. He is the most familiar with this type of soil and has the most experience installing field drainage tiles. Once this planting season is complete, he'll have time to assess our project. I am very excited about that! Please be patient as I believe our next project report will be highly detailed and overflowing with pictures. Of course, I would love your continued support, but to me, it is more important that you find a project that you love, and get involved! This month, my suggestion to you is Fences for Fido. Check them out! Do some good, whatever that good may be! On behalf of of our horses, cats, dogs, and anything else that comes our way, thank you so much for your support of Bertell Farms!


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Bertell Farms, NFP

Location: Belvidere, IL - USA
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Project Leader:
Lora Bertell
Belvidere, Illinois United States

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