A record number of farmers are seeking flood recovering help from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-Vt.). NOFA officials said they are experiencing unprecedented levels of interest in their Farmer Emergency Fund.
Farmers seeking NOFA assistance are organic farmers, according to the organization.
NOFA-Vt. member farmers whose land and crops were destroyed by the statewide flooding are eligible for the help.
“We have never experienced such widespread need from our farmer members,” said Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-Vt. executive director. “Usually we see farms apply to the Emergency Fund for assistance after an isolated event such as a barn fire or a hoop house that has collapsed. Since the flooding affected so many farmers, we are seeing a need that is greater than ever before.”
According to Caitlin Gildrien, NOFA-Vt. spokeswoman, “in response to the anticipated financial need to help farmers rebuild, NOFA-VT is launching an online auction to raise critical funding to support the Emergency Fund. The goal of the auction is to raise at least $30,000.”
The auction will run the first two weeks in October. All of the funding raised will go directly to help Vermont farmers in need.
Over $63,000 has been raised for the fund so far.
For more information about donating or applying for funds, please visit nofavt.org or call 802-434-4122.