Grain for Good and the Saylak Family Unrestricted Endowment Fund

It all started when Blake and Katrina McGee decided to build a brick oven in their backyard. Blake baked bread for friends and family and it was so popular that the McGee’s took their hobby to the farmer’s market. The loaves of hearty, crispy bread always sold out before the market was over.

The McGee’s found success but wanted to do more for their community. Soon they focused their efforts on giving back. And in a big way.

Like so many of you, Blake and Katrina McGee believe that every person should have access to healthy food. That’s why they started a tiny nonprofit called Solstice Acre in Laramie. Their work is straightforward and full of goodness: make artisan bread that feeds Laramie’s hungry community members.

They made the decision to donate their whole-grain artisan bread to the Laramie Soup Kitchen and Feeding Laramie Valley (FLV). They soon realized need was greater than what they could produce, so they turned to the Wyoming Community Foundation for a grant.

Stats and Facts:

90: Loaves of bread Solstice Acre can make in a week.
$2,500: Proceeds from sales at the summer farmer’s market that are donated to the Soup Kitchen and Feeding Laramie Valley
2: Number of apprentices who have gained work experience through Solstice Acre
1: Number of community brick ovens Solstice Acre hopes to build in the future to give everyone access to fresh baked bread

Because of your support, Solstice Acre was able to purchase a grain mill that helped them increase production.

The story could easily end there, but it doesn’t. The McGee’s wanted to do even more. They had a larger goal – one that would support a completely different group of people.

A Path to Empowerment

You see, Blake and Katrina’s son has autism. The two know how difficult it can be for those with disabilities to gain the experiences needed to make it in the real world. To feel empowered to work.

Passionate about creating opportunities for those who need a bit more guidance or time, the McGee’s started an apprenticeship program using the Department of Rehabilitation.

Employees with disabilities not only receive wages, employers like Katrina and Blake support and mentor the person hired to help them achieve their greatest potential.

“It’s really a win-win,” says Katrina. “We get an extra hand and also get to mentor these young people as they learn skills that will help them in the workplace.”

The impact of Solstice Acre is felt community-wide and because of your support, even small nonprofits like Solstice Acre, are making a big impact in their community.