Those of you in the Northeast may have heard (or know firsthand) how hard-hit the farmers in areas such as Vermont and southern/eastern New York were by the remnants of Irene and then, I believe, Lee, during the tail end of August and through early September. Some lost portions (or all) of their farm, others had to destroy crops touched by floodwater due to the possibility of sewage contamination, et cetera.
Back on September 12th, Sharon Astyk posted “How to Help Folks Recovering from Flooding” – there are lots of links and resources within her post regarding support and resources for farmers in Vermont, as well as a few localized New York links. I won’t re-post them here, as she did a fine job over on her blog, but I wanted to add a new resource that I just discovered yesterday in a local weekly paper.
A new online forage exchange created by Cornell Cooperative Extension is now available to ensure that flooded New York farms will not run out of feed for their livestock.
Hurricane Irene devastated many New York farms, damaged others, and left still other farms relatively untouched. Many flood-damaged farms are in desperate need of feed and forage. The Forage Exchange provides an online venue for farmers who have available feed and forage to post that information, and for farmers in need to lcoate feed and forage. All transactions (including making arrangements for transportation) will take place between the farmers themselves.
The Forage Exchange is posted online at http://ccetest-lamp.cit.cornell.edu/forage
Additional resources for farms damaged by the flooding are available at www.cce.cornell.edu
Cooperative Extension educations and Farm Bureau staff across the state will be available to assist farmers in using the exchange. For more information, call the county extension office or log on to www.cce.cornell.edu
Cooperative Extension created the exchange in cooperation with the New York Farm Bureau and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
So, there you have it. I wasn’t sure how publicized this information was on the internet, and I know that there are some local New York farmers who read my blog, so I thought I would share it here! If you know of someone who could use the help of this program, or who might be able to help someone else in need, please feel free to pass along this information, cross-post, et cetera.