The farmers need our support and we need them!

We received a letter from Stone Barns Farm also telling the very sad stories of the farmers there and in their area… this Stonyfield email reinforced the message of how reliable we all are on farmers who we may or may not think about on a daily basis even as we feed out kids the best, organic and local dairy we can buy.  I have also been reading about a new wave of young farmers who are turning up their noses at more “traditional” jobs to work with the land and it is inspiring as those really are the traditions from which our communities were founded.  Read on and give with your heart.

To view this email as a web page, click here.
Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Dear Valerie, Stonyfield

Happy holidays from all of us at Stonyfield.
For the holidays this year, we’re making a donation to some dairy farmers who were hit hard this summer by Hurricane Irene.

On many farms here in the northeast, the storm damage sustained in late August was devastating and heartbreaking. Cows were lost in swollen, rushing rivers. Flooding submerged whole farms—pastures, barns and farmhouses—destroying expensive dairy equipment, stores of hay and personal belongings.

With power lines and roads washed out, milking and trucking were halted for many, so some farmers had to dump thousands of dollars worth of milk. When the flooding receded, barns were left full of muck and pastures became silt-caked and matted down. I have witnessed much of this damage first-hand and can only say that you have to see it to believe just how much damage was done.

For many farmers, charitable donations and help from neighbors are now making the difference between surviving and going out of business. With our holiday donation of $20,000 to the Farmer Emergency Fund of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, we’re hoping to make the holidays a bit brighter for some deserving organic dairy farmers in Vermont and neighboring states.

May your holidays and year ahead be filled with good health, prosperity, happiness and plenty of healthy organic foods from family farms.

Thank you, as ever, for your support.
Sincerely,Gary Hirshberg
Gary Hirshberg
President and CE-Yo
P.S. If you’d like to help organic farmers hit by Hurricane Irene, click here.

About valeriegerstein

A former online media professional, I am home, on the Upper West Side, with my 2 gorgeous girls, Mia and Liza and their wonderful Daddy, Mark.
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