Early in the morning of March 11, a fire started and devastated John Marro’s lower barn. John runs a small dairy farm on the East Road in Tinmouth, called the JohnDee Farm. Unfortunately the fire consumed the barn, hundreds of bales of hay, his tractor, equipment and most of his sows, piglets and heifers. He was able to rescue six piglets and one heifer before the barn collapsed. By daylight local farmers were already there to help. Hay and shelters for the pigs arrived!
Want to help? Don’t miss the fundraising dinner, silent auction and raffle this Saturday, April 13, at 5 pm at the Tinmouth Community Center.
Dinner will include shepard’s pie, lasagna, baked ziti, chicken pie, goulash, baked beans, salads and pies. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will go to the Marro family and dinner is by donation.
For information about the supper contact Gail Fallar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 446-2870. Those interested may also call Sherri Ruane for the silent auction at email@example.com or 446-3105.
To make a donation to the rebuilding, send a check made out to John Marro to: Cathy Reynolds 143 Channel Road, Tinmouth, VT 05773.
Groundworks Farm in Pittsford is picking up and moving to Maryland and they sure could use a helping hand in the (daunting) process!
Here is a message from one of their committed CSA Members:
Hello, fellow supporters of Groundworks Farm!
As you all know, our farmers have purchased land and will be moving to Maryland soon. There is so much work in moving a farm, and some of those jobs are things only Margaret and Kevin can do. However, there are some big jobs which would benefit from a group of willing hands!
On April 7th, I will be coordinating a group of YOU to help pull some plastic out of the defrosted ground to clean up the fields. This is not a hard job, it’s just a big one, and with Kevin getting things ready down in Maryland, it would be really helpful to Margaret if we could spend a few hours and get it DONE! Bring your whole family or a group of friends for whatever amount of time you can between 9am and 4pm (we will take a ½ hour break for lunch at 12:30) and pitch in. We will provide some snacks, just be prepared for dirty work.
The more the merrier–and the quicker the job.
I hope to see you then.
Also, FREE to a good home:
1) Plastic Buckets
2) Tires (good for weighing down tarps on compost piles, building small raised beds and anything else you can imagine)
3) Row cover with some holes in it but still good for frost protection
Contact Margaret if you could use any or all of these things: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed VPR’s shout out to Rutland County’s booming agricultural scene you absolutely have to check it out here!
Come to think of it, their whole series “The Business of Food“ has been pretty darn good. If you missed it you can find the whole thing here.
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellows posted a great story about a “new farmer” couple in Michigan. This story highlights the connection between healthcare and creating a sustainable food system.
Check the photo-essay out for yourself by clicking here.
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