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  • Oakland County Farm Bureau $1,000
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MSU Tollgate Farm Wheelchair Accessibility Initiative

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center provides hands-on experiences for youth and adults in a production agriculture setting. We connect people to the source of their food and the natural world. Experiences in nature and agriculture provide many positive health outcomes. Unfortunately, individuals with limited mobility because of a wheelchair or walker have difficulty participating in these opportunities.

Give to the MSU Tollgate Farm Wheelchair Accessibility Initiative and help youth and adults with limited mobility visit the farm.

This project will support people with limited mobility in accessing the fields, woods, and pastures of MSU Tollgate Farm. By supporting this project, you will make it possible for people with limited mobility to engage with our programs. We could purchase several different pieces of equipment that will improve access for wheelchairs depending on the amount of funding raised. Specialized rollable walk-way mats ($1,000-$3,000), a wheelchair lift for our hay-wagons ($3,500), or a custom-built trailer are all options for improving accessibility at the farm ($7,000-$10,000).

Who We Are: MSU Tollgate Farm 

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi, MI provides 4-H non-formal educational programming for youth, adults, families, schools, and groups, offering them the unique opportunity to experience agriculture hands-on in an urban environment. 160 acres of pastures, fields, forest, and pond provide an exceptional location for learning to take place. Using research-based curriculum and methods, MSU Tollgate instructors lead visitors in exploring the farm and the natural world, encourage appreciation for locally grown food, and assist schools in meeting educational standards. All too often children grow up thinking food comes from a grocery store or community members do not have essential information to make decisions related to environmental issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues and the financial need of our audience is greater than ever. By providing experiential learning, we hope to connect people to land, water, and food and create stronger, healthier communities even in the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Example of rollable wheelchair accessible walkway mat.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21GGDCF1TOLLFRM” in the note section.

CARES Act

Remember the CARES Act has been extended for calendar year 2021 allowing taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300/$600 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.

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