Almost a week after the storm, many of us are asking what we can do to help. RAFFL is working with restaurants and other organizations to arrange benefit events and dinners over the next several weeks. We will also be coordinating work parties for farms that need help. More details to come. In the mean time, RAFFL will donate the proceeds from our "Garden Cart raffle" to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. If you are interested in buying raffle tickets, stop by the RAFFL booth at the Vermont State Fair near the 4-H building or email Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.
Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund The number of large and small farms that are reporting losses of crops, livestock, and land is overwhelming, so the Vermont Community Foundation partnered with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to establish the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will provide grant support directly to farmers who have suffered losses as a result of Irene, and 100% of donations will benefit farm relief. Funding will be used to meet the immediate needs of farmers as they await official government funds, as well as help fill the inevitable gaps in government funding. For more info check here: http://www.vermontcf.org/give-now
The reason we've chosen this fund is because people can target their donations to Rutland County if they wish. This can be accomplished by contacting Tara at (802) 417-7331.
Helping farms directly As farmers continue to clean up, some are overwhelmed by the damage and not quite ready to ask for help yet. Please know that there are farms that will need our support in the coming weeks. RAFFL has a list of Rutland region farms actively looking for help on our website: http://www.rutlandfarmandfood.org/irene.html
If you would like to be added to this list, please e-mail Kris at email@example.com.
As many of you know, Evening Song Farm in Cuttingsville was particularly hard hit by the flooding. They need the community's support to help get through this tragedy. Please visit their website for information about how you can help