Or mail your check, payable to HOWL, to: HOWL, PO Box 53, Huntington, VT 05462
Help Save the Farmhouse and Barn!
Huntington Open Women’s Land, “HOWL”, has existed for over 30 years. In that time, we’ve been through many changes, and through it all, our land has stayed open for all women and girls. Today we still find that a place where women can congregate, collaborate, grow, and create, amidst the beauty of Vermont, is a precious and unique resource.
After 30+ years, we want to ensure that our foundation is stable… literally and figuratively.
In order to do that, we need to maintain our aging, historic farmhouse and barn. The house and barn provide space for our wonderful resident caretakers, who maintain the facilities and welcome women to HOWL. Our small farmhouse needs foundational help! The streams from the mountains that keep our meadows green are also streaming through our basement! We need to help these waters flow around our house and not through it. The weather has also taken its toll on our barn over the years. We’ve done research on how to keep our barn standing, and have an exciting opportunity to bring in some grant funding to help!
In the fall of 2020, we installed gutters on the house, to prevent rainwater from getting down into the basement. We are now working on the basement renovation. Details of the project include:
- Sump pump installation
- Repairs to basement foundation walls to prevent further shifting
The foundation wall repairs represent additional work that was not anticipated. To offset this cost, we are doing some of the work ourselves (including the sump pump).
Now that the basement work is underway, we’ve set our sights on the next big undertaking: to renovate the HOWL barn. We have had the barn inspected by an engineer, and we now know what is needed:
- Replace barn roof with corrugated metal roof
- Barn foundation repair (one corner)
- Renovate barn interior
The Preservation Trust of Vermont has put out a call for proposals for Historic barn assessment and renovation grants, and we plan to apply. “The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is able to award competitive 50/50 matching grants… for the repair of historic agricultural buildings. In order to qualify, the buildings must be at least 50 years old and either listed in, or eligible to be listed in, the National Register of Historic Places.” Our barn was built around the 1950s. HOWL is a unique institution. We are the only Women’s Land in Vermont (and probably New England) and we are part of the larger Women’s Land movement.
We do not yet have an estimate for all of the work, but we know that it will exceed $20,000. We hope to receive a grant, but we need your help to fund this project. Please consider a donation of any amount to help support HOWL… literally!
You can donate online here. Or send a check to:
HOWL, PO Box 53, Huntington, VT 05462
HOWL is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization and donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting HOWL!
The HOWL Collective (Cindy, Glo, Lani, Meg, Michele, and Stephie)
HOWL is the women. HOWL is the land. HOWL is all of us, and what we can create here. Your donation helps to build on HOWL’s 30-year legacy of programs and activities that connect, empower and inspire all women. Anything you are able to share is greatly appreciated! Since HOWL is a 100% volunteer-run organization, 100% of your donation goes to essential projects and programs. HOWL is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible.