Vermont Groups Join to Raise Funds for Farmers Impacted by Tropical Storm Irene

October 26, 2011 09:14 PM
 

Consumers asked to buy a gallon of Booth Bros. Milk during November to contribute to a disaster relief fund.

MONTPELIER, VT – Consumers buying a gallon of Booth Bros. Milk during the month of November will be contributing to a disaster relief fund benefiting Vermont farmers impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

Booth Bros. and the Central Vermont Milk Producers Association (CVMPA) today announced the initiative benefiting the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund administered by the Vermont Community Foundation.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund will receive 10 cents from every gallon container of Booth Bros. Milk sold. The proceeds, up to $25,000, will be available to all qualifying Vermont farmers.

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The announcement was made at Scribner's Settlement Farm in Montpelier, and included, from left, Dave Silloway, president of the Central Vermont Milk Producers Association; Jerry Booth of Booth Bros. Dairy; Larry Martin of the CVMPA; Cyrus Scribner; Diane Bothfeld, VT Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Robert Miller and Eugene Bedard of the CVMPA; and Catherine and Stanley Scribner. (Courtesy Photo)

"This effort is so much more than farmers helping farmers," says CVMPA President Dave Silloway. "This gives all Vermonters a simple way to give back to farm families that give us so much."

The association of 27 farms provides milk for the Booth Bros. brand, but proceeds from the milk sales will also benefit crop and other farmers as well as dairy farms across the state.

The state’s agricultural community continues to recover from the effects of Irene, which damaged roads, flooded towns and caused widespread destruction Aug 27-28. Flooding in the spring of 2011 had already done damage to crops and fields, and Irene combined for a one-two punch that has left many Vermont crop and dairy farmers in dire straits.

"We’re a local Vermont brand, and we rely on local Vermont farmers for a quality product," says Jerry Booth, manager of Booth Bros. Dairy. "Irene left the state’s farm community struggling, and we know our customers will want to help any way they can."

The Booth Bros.-CVMPA initiative was announced today at a press event at Scribner’s Settlement Farm in Montpelier. Stan Scribner was one of the first Vermont farmers receiving flood recovery funds.

Also present at the announcement were Vermont Lt-Governor Phil Scott; state Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld; and Stewart Comstock-Gay of the Vermont Community Foundation.

"The Agency of Agriculture is proud to partner with Booth Bros. and the VT Community Foundation to assist Vermont farmers in this time of great need," says Bothfeld. "Anyone involved in agriculture has to deal with the weather, but 2011 weather has been extreme. The funds will go a long way toward helping farmers get back on their feet."

The Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund to date has awarded $237,500 to 49 farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene in the fund’s second grant round. To date, the grant committee has received 159 applications and a total of 101 farmers have received grants in excess of $540,000. The committee is currently reviewing its third round of applications, with total contributions received or pledged to the fund exceeded $1.25 million.

Booth Bros. has processed milk from Vermont farmers at its location in Barre, VT, since its founding in 1946.

The Central Vermont Milk Producers Association (CVMPA) is a 27-farm cooperative providing raw milk free of artificial growth hormones exclusively to Booth Bros.’ Barre, Vt., plant.

The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. It is Vermont’s largest homegrown grantmaker. Together, its family of over 600 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, it helps keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit www.vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

 

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