The Sato’s Sustainable Homestead

The Sato’s Sustainable Homestead | Help Mackenzie and Kara build their passive house to begin homesteading!

Who We Are

Hello! Our names are Kara and Mackenzie Sato. We live in Michigan with our cats, chickens, and fish. Mackenzie is an elementary music teacher, and Kara owns Vertex Coffee Roasters.  We have a passion for living zero-waste/sustainable lives, sharing space with friends and family, and singing everything that we’re doing–constantly. We have been “practice homesteading” in our backyard under the name “Luminosity Farms” for just over a year. We have dreamed of starting a bigger homestead together and have the incredible chance to create one!

An unexpected opportunity arose to purchase a parcel of land that would allow us construct a passive house (a house that heats and cools itself), grow/raise our food, and help further connect us to the lifestyle that we have been striving to live.  We would love to take advantage of this opportunity, but we know that it will require support from our friends and family. We are hoping that you may be willing to help us out by contributing to our campaign. Thank you so much for your consideration.

What We Need & What You Get

We are hoping to raise $5,000, but if we were to raise more or less than that we would be incredibly excited. The money would go to securing the land and funding materials for the house construction.

If you can donate money, we want to make sure that you know how much we appreciate it! We want to offer thank-you’s that reflect our passion for recycling,  gardening, local business, and being genuine with our appreciation. We’ve got four items that build upon one another as the donation increases, and they are:

  • A handcrafted thank-you letter made from our homemade, recycled paper. Kara and Mackenzie source, blend, and dry the materials to make the paper that will be the base of a personalized letter of appreciation.
  • A seed variety pack that will contain seeds from our very garden. You will receive a variety of seeds, including herbs and vegetables.
  • For our local donors, a set of 8 plant starts that include a variety of herbs and vegetables. They will all be delivered to your house! For this, we ask that you live within 25 miles of Milan, MI. For our friends who are a little farther away, (or for those of your who just love starting seeds!) we will expand the seed variety pack to include up to 20 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that you can choose!
  • A “Luminosity Farms” t-shirt with our logo on it. We work with a local company to get quality creations!
  • For our local donors, a CSA-style food delivery is the top perk! Not only do you receive all the perks above, but we will also deliver you a box of in-season crops that were grown in our very own backyard! We will deliver 4 boxes, on 4 weeks of your choosing. For this, you will need to live within 25 miles of Milan, MI. For those who are a little farther away, we will send you 4  bags of coffee from our coffee shop whenever you would like them!

The Impact

Ultimately, we want to try and live a more sustainable life, and share the experience to try and inspire more people to take steps in living a life that is differently satisfying than the one they may be currently living. We know that in order to reach that goal, we need to lean on the community for financial support. We are hoping that this feels like a worthwhile cause, and you will support our endeavor.

Other Ways You Can Help

Also, we see the times that we’re in. We are trying to bring some certainty to our lives, but we recognize that may bring some uncertainty to your life. If you are not in a position to donate money right now, we would love for you to just send us an encouraging letter. We want to bury them underneath our house and literally have a house build on a foundation of love. Many people have helped us become the people that we are, and we want to take their spirit and love into the next phase of our life. 

If you can spread the word and spread the love, we will be forever grateful.


Lots of love,

Kara and Mackenzie

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