This year, we’re making a donation to some dairy farmers who were hit hard this summer by Hurricane Irene.
On many farms, the storm damage sustained in late August was devastating and heartbreaking. Cows were lost in swollen, rushing rivers. Flooding submerged whole farms—pastures, barns and farmhouses—destroying expensive dairy equipment, stores of hay and personal belongings.
With power lines and roads washed out, milking and trucking were halted for many, so some farmers had to dump thousands of dollars worth of milk. When the flooding receded, barns were left full of muck and pastures became silt-caked and matted down. I have witnessed much of this damage first-hand and can only say that you have to see it to believe just how much damage was done.
For many farmers, charitable donations and help from neighbors are now making the difference between surviving and going out of business. With our holiday donation of $20,000 to the Farmer Emergency Fund of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, we’re hoping to make the holidays a bit brighter for some deserving organic dairy farmers in Vermont and neighboring states.
May your holidays and year ahead be filled with good health, prosperity, happiness and plenty of healthy organic foods from family farms.
Thank you, as ever, for your support and friendship.
Gary Hirshberg President and CE-Yo Stonyfield
P.S. If you’d like to help organic farmers hit by Hurricane Irene, click here.