Buy this 50lb bag of yellow onions and save this 4th generation family farm!
And a free 5 gal bucket of genuine black dirt soil!
Bidding starts at $150,000!
Hurricane Irene 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 (This link will take you to my testimony before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, last year I testified before the committee on the topic of the federal crop insurance program and the massive problems with it: 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 feed you. Please check out the links below which detail the devastation and what little aid we expect to receive from the federal and state government.
To see more pictures of the devastation check out my Facebook page (search for Christopher Pawelski on Facebook)
This is a WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News story out of NYC that aired on 9/1/11 about the flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
This is a News 12 story about a press conference Sen. Schumer held on our farm on 9/5/11 in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
This is a MidHudson News story, including a video about a press conference Sen. Schumer held on our farm on 9/5/11 in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
This is a YNN story about Governor Cuomo's press conference in the black dirt on 9/22/11 and my response to the NYS assistance.
This is the New York Farm report from 9/13/11 where I am interviewed about the effects of the disaster on the black dirt region.
This is a story from the 9/30/11 issue of the Warwick Advertiser which talks about the lack of federal response to assist our farms.
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