Hurricane Irene seems like a long time ago, right? Autumn is upon us, school has started; the summer is in the distant past. Unfortunately, for far too many farmers in the Hudson Valley, Greene County, New Jersey, Vermont, and beyond, the effects of Irene are still very much alive–a living nightmare. Crops, acres, entire harvests are completely underwater. Ruined. 100 percent crop loss is uttered again and again. Our farmers need our help. Out of sight should not be out of mind.
Please take a moment to visit Just Food’s Hurricane Irene Relief page to find out how you can volunteer and donate. Also, check out Evolutionary Organics Flood Recovery Fundraiser for more ways to contribute. Don’t forget to frequent your local farmers’ market this coming weekend–talk to farmers as you shop. You might be surprised to learn how many of them have been touched by Irene, how many people are still there selling with 30, 50, and even 70 percent crop loss back on their farms. Buy as much as you can. You can also sign up early for a 2011/2012 CSA share ASAP so a local farmer will have money they sorely need now to get going for next season.
Farmers need all of us to support them in good times as well as bad. We need to ensure our local farmers are taken care of. They feed all of us and we need them and their farms. And please spread the word.
Here are a few more links for hurricane relief efforts. Do check them out, tell your friends: