Good Farmer Fund - Please Donate Now!
PLEASE GIVE TODAY!
Since 2008, we've granted over $160,000 in emergency relief funds to farmers to mitigate situations such as: crop losses due to extreme weather, loss of equipment or greenhouses in fire or heavy snow, and protecting livestock from predators. The Good Farmer Fund is funded through proceeds from our annual fundraising event, An Incredible Feast, and private donations from individuals like you! No donation is too big or too small - every amount helps.
In 2015 alone, we dispersed a record-breaking $46,189 in emergency relief grants to local farms - and we need your help to replenish the fund for future emergencies! And the winter of 2016/17 has been the coldest on record, destroying many crops that normally over-winter.
To donate to the Good Farmer Fund, click on the Donate button below, or mail a check to Good Farmer Fund, c/o NFM, 3919 Latona Ave NE, ste. C-1, Seattle, WA 98105. 100% of donations go to the Good Farmer Fund, and the NFM does not charge any administration fees. All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting the Good Farmer Fund!
Good Farmer Fund Success Stories:
Let Us Farm: "A year ago winds and flood waters wreaked havoc on our farm. Thanks to the Good Farmer Fund, donations from the Olympia Coop and the Conservation District, all damage has been repaired. We are most grateful and thankful. The farm did well and the Good Farmer Fund was central to our production. Again, our heartfelt thanks, Steve and Cecelia, Let us Farm"
Rama Farm: 40% of their peach and nectarine crop was damaged one summer by an extreme wind storm. The fruit was un-saleable yet still edible. Rama was granted $3,000 from the fund to buy dehydrating equipment and freezers to produce fruit roll-ups and frozen fruit with the damaged crop - a value-added product and a great success with customers at the markets that fall. They are also now able to develop other delicious value-added products from their farm produce with this equipment, benefiting the farm and the customers who love their local, organic products.
Alm Hill Gardens: farmers Ben and Gretchen suffered a devastating house fire in 2010, which destroyed not only their hand-built home, but most of their possessions. The Good Farmer Fund helped offset some of the financial hardship of this devastating loss.
If you are a NFM farmer needing emergency relief funds, please call or email the Neighborhood Farmers Markets office. The Good Farmer Fund application is very simple and grants are determined by the vendor-elected Farmer Board Members of the Board of Directors.