Flood-relief fund to aid local food producers
Last Updated: 15:34 October 4, 2013
The Boulder-based nonprofit is partnering with The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and the Boulder County Farmers' Markets to administer the fund.
Tax-deductible contributions will be channeled into emergency grants and low-interest loans, said Lynette Marie Hanthorn, executive director of Local Food Shift Group.
The unprecedented flooding in Colorado has had profound effects on the agricultural community, she said. In many places, the landscape has been altered; creeks and rivers have changed course, irrigation ditches no longer connect to their sources, fields have been flooded with contaminated waters, and topsoil has been washed away. Farmers' markets and farmstands have had to close at the height of the harvest season, causing significant revenue loss for small-scale operations.
"While millions of dollars in flood relief is pouring into the area, almost none is targeted to local food producers," Hanthorn said.
An advisory group made up of farmers, food producers and social-impact investors is guiding the fund and reviewing applications, and allocations are being managed by the Local Food Shift Group.
"We can help prepare our land and our families for possibly even more severe events in the future," said Hanthorn. "Building on this Farm Relief Fund, we'll work with other organizations to establish a long-term fund dedicated to providing financial support to our local producers in times of need."
Details are available at http://localfoodshift.com/site/boulder_county_flood_relief.
Contributions can be made online at www.commfound.org/floodrelief; choose the Front Range Farm Relief Fund when making a contribution. Checks can be mailed to Local Food Shift Group, 2415 19th St., Boulder CO 80304.
Farmers in need are encouraged to apply for assistance. Call 303-494-1521 or email info@LocalFoodShift.com for details on how to apply.
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