Local Farmers Need Help!

Due to the record breaking major flooding of the rivers, most notably the Chehalis River, there are many farmers who are looking to Olympia for Help. Some of the affected farmers are the local farms that supply the Olympia Farmer's Market, Olympia Co-op and other local business, have lost everything. They have lost their storage food, tractors, houses, etc.""

The flood waters are receeding and the farmers are picking up and cleaning up. They need help! First, the flood waters have contaminated wells, left a thick mud like residue on everything. As it is drying it is becoming like clay. Second, they need people who are able to be self sufficient (bring warm clothes, change of clothes to get back in the car, dress warm, boots (a must) to go down and help. There is no drinking water or warm places to go.

If you cannot attend a work party there are several other ways you can help. Monetary donations are being accepted. Please stay tuned and I'll update this when I have an olympia Place that is accepting Monetary donations.

There are several work parties that are set up to help these farmers.

Boitsfort Valley Farm has lost everything: Food, they have a baby, 9 month clothes, warm winter clothes for the family, flat shovels, shovels, any tool, water, water containers, bleach, sanitizing wipes. These donations can be dropped off at the carpool site for delivery on Sunday, December 9 at the Chevron on Plum and Union.

Boitsfort Valley Farm: Owner's Mike and Heidi Peroni. When: Sunday, December 9, 2007

Where: Carpools leave Plum and Union Chevron at 9:45. The drive will be about an hour b/c of roads.

What you need to bring: Dress warmly! Drinking water (about a gallon for yourself), change of clothes to get back in the car. Boots! This is not a kid friendly event. The septic systems and many dead animals floating in the river have created a "toxic" mud.

Rising River Farm: Owner's Jim Mcginn and Jennifer Belknap. They have their house but outbuildings are a mess. Everyday until it is cleaned up. Call 360-273-1586 (Note this is an alternate phone number for them then what is on their website). They are looking for groups of 4-5 people a day. If you have a truck that can haul dirty stuff to the Rochester dumpsters that will be greatly appreciated too.

What to Bring: Dress warmly! Drinking water (about a gallon for yourself), change of clothes to get back in the car. Boots! This is not a kid friendly event. The septic systems overflowing and many dead animals floating in the river have created a "toxic" mud.

There are more farmers that have been affected and more posts will be coming out. This is just the first two farms that have put out an organized call for help. More help will be needed in the next week as the farmers are digging out.

The farmers do need help. If you are planning on going down to a farm PLEASE be advised that you need to bring your own food, water, warm clothes, and BOOTS! All help and support is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!! There will be more posts as more information comes out.

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More Needs for the Farmers

Pressure Washers are a huge need for the farmers in Independence Valley. This includes Rising River, Wobbly Cart and Helsing Junction. Please label all pressure washers with your name and phone number. They can be returned if you are not going down yourself. There are people who will be going down everyday.

FYI: All roads to Independence Valley are now OPEN.

Wobbly Cart Farm: Indpendence Valley- Contact Joseph 273-7597.

When: Work Parties are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9, 2007, all day.

What to bring: Waterproof boots, warm clothes, your own water and food.

An Idea has popped up....

....in Olympia. I've heard some people talking about having a show at the Capitol Theatre with a big name act, as a fundraiser for the local farmers, that have been hit by the floods.

Hundreds of cows have drowned,,,the Dept. of Ag. doesn't even have numbers now but hundreds are dead. I've heard of dead cows stuck in trees-a gruesome thought. To you and me that is milk, butter. cheese, etc. and meat.

Remember the Spearhead show at the Capitol Theatre? that was a fundraiser and it kicked ass.

What if we could organize a benefit for the local farmers? I shop at the co-op and these people provide me with food. They need help right now. Helping them helps us all.

Localvorism

One of my middle range goals is to become a localvore, meaning I'd like to shrink my diet to only eating local food. I've thought starting at about 2,000 miles an shrinking inward as I learn more.

This has reminded me of that, and if I were a real localvore right now I'd be in a bit of trouble. I'd love to help, though I have little time and no money. I'd pay to get into a show though.

If It’s Fresh and Local, Is It Always Greener?

From the NY Times

"The local food, or locavore, movement has so much momentum that some of the food glitterati have declared that such food is better than organic.

But now comes a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis, who have started asking provocative questions about the carbon footprint of food. Those questions threaten to undermine some of the feel-good locavore story line, not to mention my weekend forays for produce."

The rest is here:

http://tinyurl.com/3yw44y

Don't forget tetanus shot!

I've been in the Gulf Coast several times post Hurricane Katrina and Rita doing grubby hands-on relief work. It is HIGHLY recommended you be sure your shots are up to date before going in. Lots of nasty stuff out there in a disaster zone.

If you can't remember the last time you had your tetanus booster it's time for a new one. Neglect this at your own peril!

 

 

When I feed the poor, they call me a saint.

When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.

Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Recife, Brazil

When I feed the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. - Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Recife, Brazil (b. 1909, d. 1999)

Farm Relief Fund

A Farm Relief Fund has been set up at the Olympia Food Co-op. Give monetary donations at the cash register at either co-op: 3111 Pacific Ave or 921 Rogers St NW. Money goes to affected farms who sell to OFC. Even small change from your groceries is helpful.