Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

TOFGA Announces Disaster Reilef Fund

09/22/2011 6:06 PM | Susie Marshall TOFGA Grant Manager (Administrator)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

20-September-2011
Elgin, Texas

The Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) today announced its Disaster Relief Fund to support farmers and ranchers who have suffered  due to the recent wildfires and severe drought.  "Our members are small family farms and ranches that cannot absorb the losses from these disastrous fires and drought conditions," said Sue Beckwith president of TOFGA.

TOFGA urges every Texan to support sustainable family farmers.  "Texas does not have enough farmers who are producing clean and safe food for our families," said Brad Stufflebeam of Home Sweet Farm, a farm in Brenham that supplies fresh produce to families in Houston.  "We can't afford to lose any local producers."

Farmers in Iowa are donating certified organic hay to help Texas farmers.  "This is an incredible gift," stated Cameron Molberg, General Manager of Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill in Elgin.  "We need to raise the money to pay for trucking to get it down here."

To contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund, please visit  tofga.org/donate


Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is an 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization supporting the people who produce and provide organic and sustainable food in Texas through education, production and marketing support.

For more information, please visit tofga.org.

Contact:  Sue Beckwith, president@tofga.org,  512-496-1244

Comments

  • 09/23/2011 1:25 PM | Susie Marshall TOFGA Grant Manager (Administrator)
    As of a few minutes ago, we have raised enough money to get the first load of donated organic hay on the way to us! We've raised $1,700 here in Texas and communities in Iowa have raised $1,000. How humbling is this outpouring of support!

    Also, I spoke with the donor farmers in Iowa yesterday and they understand that TOFGA has non-certified, sustainable small family farm members in need of this hay. The donors have agreed to permit TOFGA to distribute this hay to our member farmers who are not certified organic as long as they employ sustainable methods.

    Please encourage your networks of TOFGA members to register for this opportunity at tofga.org/relief. If folks are not TOFGA members, they may join online at tofga.org/join.

    It's unlikely we'll have enough hay for everyone so if producers have questions about logistics and selection, please refer them to the website or have them call me personally at 512-496-1244.

    Moving forward together... ~Sue Beckwith
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