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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.

Help Soul Food Farm – LNU Complex Fire

2020 has been full of hardships and challenges for small businesses and farms alike, for us the wildfire was the last straw. We have spent this week assessing the damages and the reality of what we can do to fix and restore Soul Food Farm. We’ve lost all our irrigation piping, the lifeline to the farm, the SID pump, hundreds of trees, fencing, as well equipment, tools, water troughs, and things that help us manage and run this farm and care for our animals. In no uncertain terms, it is heartbreaking and overwhelming but we are not shattered. Overall, we project about $50,000 dollars worth of immediate need to address cleanup, repairs, removal, and replacements. None of this, we have learned is covered by insurance and disaster aid is weeks, if not months away.

Help Save Two Dog Farm!

Mark and Nibby’s family lost their house and significant farm business infrastructure to the CZU Fire Complex on August 19, 2020.

Please help raise the money needed to help this beloved farm family get back on their feet, rebuild their farm business, and continue selling this season after devastating fire loss. This campaign has been organized by customers who want to help, led by Sherry Gendelman.

We’ve learned that among their immediate needs are a cooler and storage, tools, fertilizer, seed, rebuilding their family home and other structures on their property. They also estimate at least $5,000 in personnel expenses to remain in operation. Donations will be used only to support Two Dog Farm’s recovery efforts due to fire damage.

Crest Ranch CZU Complex Fire Devastation

On August 19, 2020, regionally devastating wildfires ravaged the field of trees of the historic, family-owned-and-operated Crest Ranch. Not only was their business upended due to uninsured tree devastation, but multiple structures of theirs were threatened as well. Thankfully, we have been updated with new information that the structures on the farm are believed to have sustained little damage and are still standing (08/21). Louise’s father’s house on the adjacent property however was lost. The fires are still not yet contained but it is hoped that Crest Ranch is now in the clear.

A family member worked alongside firefighters to the last minute in an effort to save their homes and land. No one was harmed or injured; however, the entire property has been touched in varying degrees by the fires that continue to rage in the greater Santa Cruz are.

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