Wisconsin man with “farming in his blood” sells shirts to support local food pantries
Jeremy Amble knows farmers work every day of the year.
Which is why through his T-Shirt business, Everlasting Impression, he is supporting farmers with shirts that say “They Farm so We Can Eat” and “Essential 365.” For every shirt he sells, he donates one gallon of milk or $3 for dairy products to a local food pantry.
Amble grew up on a family dairy farm in Wisconsin, where he was expected to being doing chores at a young age.
He says working on farm both before and after school from the time he was 13 or 14 instilled in him a strong work ethic and taught him to take pride in everything you do.
“It seemed like I was always getting to school just on time or a little bit late,” he said. “You kind of work to the last minute.......Like I said when you’re young you don’t appreciate what you’re doing at the time, looking back it sure is a great lifestyle to live, I’m very fortunate.”
Amble is unable to help physically on the farm now.
When he was 21, his life changed when he was in a car accident that left him paralyzed.
Amble said it was difficult to not be able to work in the field and be a part of the operation to the extent he used to be. Amble began running the books and meeting with consultants to continue to help, but eventually the farm needed a full-time accountant.
After he moved on from the farm, Amble began running the Barneveld Shopper, a small community newspaper and bulletin. He also used a passion for graphic design that dated back to high school to start his T-Shirt business about two-and-a-half years ago.
Amble leveraged both of those endeavors to help support farmers when the coronavirus pandemic began.
He designed the shirts and sold them through the Barneveld Shopper’s homepage. What started with a design specifically for Wisconsin has since expanded to a more general design when there was more interest from around the country. Amble also recently began selling the shirts at Farmers’ Markets in Wisconsin, something he plans to do throughout the Fall.
“I can no longer farm, but farming is in my blood. My father still runs the dairy farm,” he said.
As of Aug. 24, he has sold 190 shirts, leading to almost $600 in donations, which was better than he expected. His goal was 100 and now he no longer has a goal because people keep buying them.
“I’ve gotten great feedback on the shirts,” he said.
Amble said he initially designed three options and asked people close to him which they liked back best and the consensus choice quickly became clear.
“You always want to do something different when you’re doing something creative,” he said. “They farm so we can eat.....that’s what farmers are there for.”
You can buy a shirt here.