09/23/2011 - Want to help farmers devastated by Hurricane Irene and the subsequent flooding? We do, too! That's why we're collaborating with several groups, individuals and nonprofits to hold regional fundraisers to benefit our farmers in need. You can now help a Pure Catskills farmers by giving today to the Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund. It's easy...
1) Donate online at www.nycwatershed.org; under "Additional Options" please designate "Catskill Farmer Relief" as your giving preference.
2) Give online through our Facebook pages for Pure Catskills and the Watershed Agricultural Council and share with your friends this opportunity to help our neighbor farmers.
3) Mail your check, payable to "WAC", to: Finance Department, Watershed Agricultural Council, 33195 State Highway 10, Walton, NY 13856. Note on the Memo Line: Catskills Farmer Relief.
We're accepting donations through Oct. 31, 2011; monies will be awarded on Nov. 1, 2011. Donations received after Nov. 1 will be directed to a second relief round in 2012. Whichever way you donate, you'll receive a letter noting your tax-deductible donation which serves as your receipt.
Many farmers do not have, or qualify for, crop insurance. Similarly, federal and state emergency funding does not cover all farm losses. Catskills farmers need additional assistance -- a flood relief fund -- to help them recover from crop losses, equipment failures and infrastructure damage not covered by other programs. Join us for one of these upcoming fundraising events or give today through one of the options above:
September 25: New Amsterdam Market, Chefs' Benefit, 11a.m.-4p.m.
October 1-10: Lark in the Park, various Catskill Forest Park locations.