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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.

Organically Grown Urban Farm in the Bayview SF

I am Isaiah- a Black farmer who strives to turn an overgrown lot into an organically-grown food oasis in the middle of a vast food desert. The mission is to rehabilitate land and spirit in the community and use healthy food to forge strong bonds between the people of Bayview/HP in San Francisco. My greater wish is to inspire all at risk or neglected communities across the nation to imagine a greater future through sustainability. This project would also serve to beautify the area, and offer a sanctuary to local birds, butterflies, insects and amphibians. We hope to have a fully operational garden program by Fall 2020, and offer local schools a program to engage their youth and broaden their horizons.

ALL ORGANICALLY GROWN means pesticide-free, non-GMO seeds for health!

Provost Farm: Cultivating Equity

Black sugarcane farmers were once a large economic force in south Louisiana–they were land owners, entrepreneurs, and hard workers.

Similar to what is portrayed on OWN’s “Queen Sugar” television series, African American cane farmers have become nearly extinct.

The Provost family — some of the very last black sugarcane farmers in the United States — have experienced many of these same problems as illustrated on TV. They raised sugarcane for over four generations, yet their once vast farm has fallen victim to discriminatory loan servicing by unscrupulous lenders and unfair treatment by sugar mill executives.

Local Farm Stand-All Local, All The Time!

I’m a 9th generation Hampshire County farmer and a student at Hampshire High School, Class of 2021. Covid-19 changed my summer goals. I’d planned on selling pigs for fair animals to local 4-H and FFA kids, but the fair has been cancelled. Now I’m raising funds to open my own small shop in Slanesville, West Virginia! I’m actually quite excited about it! My grandma and grandpa are letting me set up in a corner of their yard right along Route 29. My farm is in Augusta. I’m going to sell pork, fresh eggs from my happy chickens and homemade baked goods, including apple dumplings I learned how to make from my great-grandma! I’ll also be selling apple butter that we make on the homeplace in Slanesville.

I’ve always felt that buying local is important, but Covid-19 has proven just how important it is to have a local food chain. I’m ready and willing to join other local Hampshire County suppliers, many of whom have inspired me and helped me along the way, including Quicken Farm in Shanks.

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