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Have you ever placed a dollar bill in a jar to help someone in need? Or maybe you rounded up your grocery bill at checkout, to an even number, knowing a family might receive a turkey or ham and all the fixins for a holiday dinner, just because you cared.

FarmMade FarmSavers sole purpose is to SAVE FARMS and GROW NEW ONES. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) there are an estimated 570 million farms around the world, of which 90% are considered family farms. The future of global food security rests in the hands of these hard-working farm heroes and the people who support them. They dedicate their lives, against all odds, to bring us healthy food and fibers for our every day needs. It is a family affair and one they take quite seriously…while having a lot of fun, of course!

But, in order for farmers to do their job, it is imperative that the fabric of rural life and our heritage stay intact. Farms are in constant need of repair and innovation to keep up with our ever-growing demands. The good news is that we can help and make a difference in many important ways. Vote for legislation that aids and protects farmers. If you shop at a Farmers Market…GREAT! If you signed up for a CSA this year…AWESOME! Because farmers are notoriously independent, strong and full of pride, it is hard for them to ask for help. This is a fact. Our “donation farm jar” is a page dedicated to highlighting their stories and requests for assistance. Give a dollar or one hundred. We hope you take notice and know that the smallest acts of kindness make a difference and can be a pretty big deal to a farmer.

Allie and Josh Kirk

Help Allie and Josh Kirk recover from flood damage

Yesterday morning (6/28/2020), Allie woke up to the unexpected. Their yard was full of water and the rain was continuing to come down.

Josh left immediately to make his way back home to them. He was unsuccessful in making it home via his normal route due to water being over several roads. He had to park a half mile from home and run towards their house. Once he got closer to the house, water was rushing through the ditch in front of their house. He had to SWIM through their yard and into their house to get Allie and their 9 month old son, Moses. By this time, Allie and Moses were standing on the bed because the water was nearly 3 feet deep in the house.

Unfortunately, insurance will NOT cover their losses. FEMA isn’t currently involved in this case and their homeowners insurance will NOT cover repairs to the damages sustained by the flooding.

Seattle BIPOC Food Bank

Seattle BIPOC Organic Food Bank Fund

More people are out of work than ever and that means more people lack water/clothes/food/shelter than ever. We want to focus specifically on getting organic food to members of the BIPOC community. (*BIPOC – Black/Indigenous Person of Color)

Our strategy is to…

1) Send gift cards from organic stores (Central Co-Op / PCC / etc) to those in need

2) Send food boxes from organic farm subscription services (like Full Circle and Hello Fresh)

3) Provide monthly food pop-ups where we partner with local chefs to provide hot meals for FREE to those in need.

We know that if people can spend $10-$15 a month on streaming services like Netflix, HBO Plus, and Hulu, they can do the same to help people have access to healthy organic food during these trying times.

We thank you for your kindness and generous financial support. It means the world!

Black Hives Matter

The Black Hives Matter Project

Beekeeping for me is the answer to my life’s calling — to work in harmony with the rhythms of nature while supporting the physical and spiritual wellbeing of my family and communities. The Black Hives Matter Project was born out of an opportunity to purchase the apiary (bee farm) where I work in Nevada City, California — bringing a loved and long-standing honey business under Black ownership in the least diverse county in California, while providing food, medicine, employment and educational opportunities to my community.

It would be a dream come true for my family to step into this role — but it’s not just about us. The history of African Americans and beekeeping is long and deep, and has been one of the victims of the systematic erasure of the contributions of Black farmers from the records of history. I believe that there is immense power in the reconnection of this African diasporic insect and the African diasporic peoples in the Americas. I’m grateful for the opportunity to reclaim this relationship and share it with all of my communities.

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