Buy this 50lb bag of yellow onions and save this 4th
generation family farm! And a free 5lb bucket of genuine black dirt soil!
Bidding starts at $150,000!
struck the black dirt region of the lower Hudson Valley, 1 hour north of New
York City, devastating thousands of acres of farmland including our farm. The
storm hit at the worst possible time, when we had 90% to 95% of our expenses
into our crops. We lost 48 out of 51 acres of onions. My farm has lost over
$150,000 this year alone and coupled with past disasters we are over $200,000
in the hole with no hope in sight. Below are a few media pieces about our losses:
FEMA does not cover
agricultural losses. Farmers instead are covered by the USDA. The problem is
that the USDA programs, mainly the crop insurance program, is virtually
worthless, paying only pennies on the dollar on our losses (see: http://184.108.40.206/~usscanf/index2.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=48&year=2010&month=06&day=30&Itemid=44&pop=1).
The other USDA program, the SURE program, won’t even start the application
process until the fall of 2012 and probably won’t pay out until January of 2013
at the earliest. And the SURE program will only pay pennies on the dollar on our losses as well.
For many years my wife and I have fought to help the farmers in our valley. We
have volunteered our time and our energies and our efforts to represent our
fellow growers and to help change public policies that have been difficult,
problematic or harmful to us. But we can’t do that any longer if we can no
longer farm. And if we are so far in debt we simply can no longer farm. Our situation is beyond bleak, it is grim and without hope.
So, if you can afford it, and you want to support a 4th generation
family farm, please buy this single bag of onions. Bidding starts at $150,000.
It is one bag, but it represents my ability to continue to farm. It represents
my continuing my family’s legacy. The federal government is currently unable to
help us. Can you?
This isn’t just about
saving a farm, and the seeds, and dirt, and wood, and plastic, and metal, and
machinery, and sweat, and gears, and tractors, and barns, and tools, and crops
and tears … it’s about hope and it’s about our future, ours and yours, help us