Producers in Need
Starting a business is guaranteed to demand blood, sweat, and tears. But when it comes to farming, the risk is even more difficult to weigh with all the natural forces to contend with. Between the threats of drought and torrential rain and hail (or freak snow storms!), staggered plantings and reinforced structures aren’t always enough.
How You Can Help
1. Shop, shop, shop!
Show up at the farmers market and buy whatever you can, even if the selection isn’t as diverse or abundant as you’ve come to expect. Dare to try something new, and maybe ask for a recipe if you need! Pick up your CSA box, and know that your subscription is a pledge for the longevity of the farm. Keep in touch with your farmers on social media to see if they have another way to purchase produce in the coming weeks.
2. Donate to their crowdfunding campaigns.
Sometimes, cash is what is needed most to help our farmers get what they need to resurrect their years of infrastructure and soil-building. Read below to show your support for the families struck hardest.
Manzo Elementary – July 2019
Someone broke into the school over the holiday weekend and vandalized the greenhouse and aquaponics system. The elementary school lost over 100 lbs of tilapia and had trays of chiltepin starts trashed. The vandals also stole the overhead cooling fans.
“Huge thanks to our Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) community for helping with the clean up. Rest assured we'll bounce back before the kids come back from summer break.UA has agreed to be the fiscal agent for a recovery fund using the UA Community and School Garden Program donate page. Funds designated to Manzo will be used to replace the stolen fans and broken equipment, and to replace the tilapia stock and plant starts. Be sure to write in the comments section: Manzo Greenhouse Recovery.”
Reevis Mountain School of Self-Reliance – June 2019
The beloved Reevis Mountain School sustained a direct hit by the Woodbury Fire which has burned more than 123,000+ acres in the Superstition Wilderness in June of 2019.
They are requesting donations to fund the rebuilding efforts at the school. Donations help cover expenses for critical and extensive repairs, replacement of the burned Schoolhouse Yurpi and resource yard, burned orchard, melted irrigation system, fence posts and flood-defense efforts. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
If you know of another crowdfunding campaign to support Good Food in Arizona, please let us know.
Cottonwood Eco-Farm and Learning Center
On February 15, Ryan and his family woke up to 4 feet of water covering their entire farm, and home! This damage is going to take a lot of work to rebuild, and any help would be make a big difference. Learn more.
"We ask that you you help us in any way possible and appreciate the community's help in getting through this difficult time." -Ryan Schumacher