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🌊 What we're facing

In the face of challenges as daunting as rising waters, Strongwater Farm is turning the tide and inviting the community to join them in a movement of resilience and hope. 

During the August and September historic rainfall, Strongwater Farm experienced devastating flooding. Not only did our grain and hay room become flooded, resulting in unusable hay, ruined grain, and a scramble to find sources for enough dry and non-moldy hay for 15 horses, but the flood waters created deep channels in their walking paths and paddocks. 

This damage has been ongoing, increasing slightly with every new onslaught of rain. 

Every lesson is unique, customized to the needs of each client and featuring a variety of activities, from caring for our specially-trained horses to riding lessons to simply observing and interacting.

Impact Reported

Due to the level of damage sustained by facilities, volunteers and staff are exercising extreme caution around traversing unstable and dangerous ground. This situation is made more unsafe for some of the farm’s most dedicated volunteers, themselves former and current program participants who live with disability or illness in
their lives.

1-3 Foot Deep channels
Carved through walking area where volunteers and staff lead horses to access paddocks and trails
Fallen trees in trail areas
utilized for therapeutic riding individual and group instruction
Deep unstable areas
within some paddocks including uneven channels filled with jagged rocks that are dangerous in full sunlight, but could be fatal in the cover of darkness or if a horse fails to pay close attention to where they step.
Multiple leaks in roof
resulting in more wet feed (and horses!)
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Due to the level of damage sustained by facilities, volunteers and staff are exercising extreme caution around traversing unstable and dangerous ground. This situation is made more unsafe for some of the farm’s most dedicated volunteers, themselves former and current program participants who live with disability or illness in their lives.

The Damage

These damages have resulted in stretched staff and volunteers, increased need for staff supervision of volunteer activities, approximately $85,000 in damages not budgeted for, and limitations on programming, which is itself a source of revenue for the organization.

Counter-Impact: Turning the Tide

Even amidst the tumult of the unknown, and as the flood waters prepare to build and recede again,
our excitement is building at Strongwater Farm.

Next Steps, Turn The Tide:

#RisingStrongwater2023 encapsulates the spirit of the Strongwater Community: Strongwater Farm aims to turn the tide on the flood waters of 2023 and demonstrates our unwavering resolve in the face of adversity – taking a moment of calamity and turning it into a story of triumph, with the help of their partners and community members. Recent events have exposed vulnerabilities, but their response is marked by unity, determination,and unwavering optimism.


Join the Movement

StrongWater Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday:

#RisingStrongwater2023 Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to join a movement that embodies resilience, community spirit, and unwavering dedication to positive change. Supporters are invited not only to donate but also to share their stories of healing and hope on social media using the hashtag #RisingStrongwater2023. By doing so, they become a stronger part of a community that celebrates the strength of unity and shared purpose.

How Can The Community Get Involved?



Strongwater is always looking for volunteers –

Both to work with program participant groups, and to “help around the farm”!

Got special skills?
We can use those too, with needs in the area of
marketing and social media, partner connections, and all sorts of other ways.

Find out more about volunteering by going to or emailing
[email protected]



Recruit your organization to help:

With a number of ways to partner with Strongwater Farm, we invite the business community to reimagine community engagement by participating in the Community Barn Raisin’!

Through this program, your organization can benefit from special hosted team-building events, and take part in something that will make a lasting impact in the community.

Learn more here: and email [email protected] to find out how you can participate!

Recruit your friends:

Besides volunteering, we invite individuals to get creative about hosting a fundraiser or event.

All the tools for a successful online fundraiser have been provided to
interested persons at or



Attend an upcoming event or open house:

An open house is tentatively scheduled for the end of October, since we had to cancel our annual Hoe Down, barring additional damage from
flooding in the interim.

#RisingStrongwater2023 Giving Tuesday is also scheduled for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Follow our social media or visit the website to sign up for updates.

(Facebook & Instagram)



Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rising Strongwater/#RisingStrongwater2023?

Rising Strongwater is a transformative fundraising and community engagement campaign
initiated by Strongwater Farm in response to recent challenges including flooding and
associated issues. It aims to restore facilities, repair flood damages, and ensure the continuity of
the farm’s essential programs.

Why was the Annual Hoe Down cancelled?

Due to unprecedented floods and associated challenges, the traditional Annual Hoe Down event
was re-imagined this year in order to address our current circumstances effectively. Rising
Strongwater allows us to redirect resources, engage the community, and ensure the resilience
and future growth of Strongwater Farm.

How can I contribute to Rising Strongwater?

You can contribute to Rising Strongwater in various ways:
● Donate: Financial contributions are crucial in achieving our goals. Visit our website
( to make a donation yourself (or fundraise for your donation!).
● Spread the Word: Share the campaign’s message on social media, among friends, and within your community.
● Volunteer: Participate in work days, activities, and events to actively support our rebuilding efforts.
● Attend Events: Watch for announcements about some fun upcoming events to take part

What are the key objectives of Rising Strongwater?

Rising Strongwater has two main objectives:

● Financial Resilience: Raise $85,000 to repair damages, restore facilities, and ensure program continuity by December 31, 2023.
● Community Engagement: Engage 2,000 individuals in fostering unity and shared purpose.

How can I stay updated on the campaign’s progress?

Follow us on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to receive regular
updates, stories, and behind-the-scenes insights. You can also sign up for our newsletter on our

Can I volunteer for Rising Strongwater?

Absolutely! We encourage volunteers to be part of our efforts. Keep an eye on our
communications for announcements about volunteer opportunities, work days, and activities.

Yes, there will be some small, fun events throughout the campaign – watch for announcements!
These events will allow us to come together, celebrate our progress, and emphasize unity and
community support.

How do I become a sponsor for Rising Strongwater?

We’re excited to collaborate with local businesses and individuals as sponsors in our Rising
Strongwater Barn Raisin’!


[email protected]

or 817.455.7347

to sign up or for further information!

How will my donation be used in the campaign?

Your donation will be used to restore facilities, repair flood damages, and ensure program

How can I share my own Strongwater Farm experience or story?

We’d love to hear from you! Share your stories, experiences, and testimonials with us through
our social media channels or by contacting us directly!

Your voice adds to the strength of our
If you have any further questions or inquiries,

please don’t hesitate to contact us at:
Strongwater Farm
Jo Bryan, Executive Director
[email protected]
500 Livingston Street
Tewksbury, MA


Strongwater Farm depends on contributions from people like you.

For more information and inquiries, please contact:
Jo Bryan, Executive Director, Strongwater Farm
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 817.455.7347