In New York City, the effects of Hurricane Irene were barely felt. However, the same cannot be said for many areas in upstate New York, New Jersey, Vermont and throughout the Northeast. Tropical storms Irene and Lee inflicted millions of dollars in damage on local farms. At least 15 vegetable farmers in Just Food’s network suffered serious losses from flooding, some losing up to 80% of their remaining harvest. In order to provide much needed support to the farms most affected, Just Food teamed up with partners throughout the region to organize volunteers, gather donations, and advocate on behalf of our farmers.

Just Food’s Hurricane Relief Fund raised $50,000 for local farmers. The fund was comprised of donations from individuals, a portion of the proceeds from Just Food’s annual fundraiser, Let Us Eat Local, and contributions from local restaurants through Dine Out Irene.

While the floods have threatened the livelihoods of local farms, here in the city we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from New Yorkers concerned for the welfare of the people who grow their food. Throughout our history as an organization, Just Food’s goal has been to develop stronger urban-rural connections. As upsetting as the impact of the storms has been, it’s heartening to see New Yorkers’ generosity and commitment to supporting local farmers.

Just Food is thankful to be members of such a caring and generous community, and want to thank you for helping to secure the future of family farmers in our region.

Hurricane Relief Fund Grantees

  • Angel Family Farm
  • Conuco Farm
  • Glebocki Farm
  • Gonzalez Farm
  • La Baraja Farm
  • Mimomex Farm
  • Monkshood Nursery
  • Muddy River Farm
  • W. Rogowski Farm