NOFA-VT’s Farmer Emergency Fund, established in 1997, supports organic and NOFA-VT member farmers who have been adversely affected by natural and unnatural disasters, such as crop failure, extreme weather, flooding, fire, barn collapse, and financial hardship as the price of organic milk continues to drop. We understand that our farmers are imperative to our local food system, economy, and environment, and that they do not always qualify for federal or private assistance programs. The Farmer Emergency Fund provides farmers with the needed cash flow in times of an emergency, to help them recover and ultimately become more resilient farmers. Currently, we are planning to use the fund to support farms with challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis.
One important new initiative that we’ve organized as part of our Farmer Emergency Fund in response to COVID-19 is a dairy farmer relief milking effort. This began in response to dairy farmers’ concern about getting sick and being able to continue milk their cows while also keeping their farm economically viable.
We are asking for contributions to the fund so we can continue to support farmers through these difficult times.
To make a donation by check, please make the check out to NOFA Vermont and mail your donation to NOFA Vermont, PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477. Please either write on the memo line “Farmer Emergency Fund” or include a note expressing your wish to contribute to the Farmer Emergency Fund.
The Farmer Emergency Fund provides grants to farmers in need as funds are available. If you are a Vermont Organic Farmer or NOFA Vermont Farm Member who has been adversely affected by a natural or unnatural disaster and would like to apply for the Farmer Emergency Fund, please contact [email protected].