Local Vermont vegetables available despite flooding

first_imgFlooding caused by hurricane Irene led to extensive damage to crops, fields and equipment on farms all across Vermont. Unlike the flooding this past spring, or after storms in recent years, these floods affected the entire state rather than a few counties. From the Connecticut River to the Lamoille River, from the Otter Creek to the White River, farms had water come up to the 100-year flood level and in some cases the 500-year flood level.Vegetable farms were especially hard hit because they are commonly located on the bottom lands by rivers and streams. That’s where the soil there tends to be fertile and flat, and irrigation water is readily available. Reports collected to date from several dozen vegetable farms throughout Vermont indicate losses approaching $2 million.Since vegetable crops are sold for direct human consumption, exposure to dirty flood water renders them unsalable, and they have to be plowed in, whereas perennial crops like hay can be left in place to regrow long after flood waters recede. Vegetable farmers have been well informed by University of Vermont Extension about the practices they should follow to assure food safety. As a result, farmers have been busy plowing under soiled crops while harvesting those that were not affected.The good news is that most vegetable farms are located above the areas that were flooded. In addition, the majority of farms that experienced flooding also have some fields that were not flooded. The result is that there is a lot of fresh, safe produce available. In fact, this is the time of year that the harvest of vegetables is at its peak, with everything from vine-ripened tomatoes to fresh-dug potatoes and just-harvested winter squash being available. Consumers can select from a wide range of fresh, healthy and safe local vegetables, despite the fact that many farms lost some of their crops.Farmers that did experience losses are urged to report these to the USDA Farm Service Agency in order to be eligible to receive disaster assistance; call (802) 658-2803 for more information. Some farmers had especially large losses, including a few smaller operations that saw raging rivers completely destroy their farm fields. These farmers will likely need extra assistance to help them stay in business. Several philanthropic efforts have been established around the state to provide grants, as well as interest-free loans to affected farmers. Donations from consumers will allow these efforts to provide the necessary support to our local farmers during a time of crisis.Funds for farm disaster relief include: The Vermont Community Foundation, which will be making grants to support farms of any size that have sustained losses, see:http://www.vermontcf.org/give-now/(link is external) or call 802-388-3355.  The Vermont Farm Fund will be offering small, low interest loans to farmers, see: http://hardwickagriculture.org/donate.html(link is external) or call 802-472-5840.  NOFA-Vermont’s Farmer Emergency Fund assists organic farmers with grants and zero-interest loans, see: http://nofavt.org/programs/farm-financial-resources/farmer-emergency-fund(link is external) or call 802-434-4122.  The Intervale Farmers Recover Fund, see: http://www.intervale.org(link is external) or call 802-660-0440.                                                 ###last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers bout rescheduled for May 16

first_imgThe much anticipated non titled cruiserweight boxing bout between Braimah Kamoko a.k.a Bukom Banku and Michael Okine popularly known as Ayittey Powers has been reschedule  to  May 16,  2014 at the Accra Sports Stadium, Asempa Sports Can confirm.The new date comes after when Ayittey Powers announced his decision to withdraw from the April 18 bout on spiritual grounds last Thursday. In an emergency stakeholders meeting, Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers on Tuesday afternoon have agreed to honour the bout on May 16 instead of the earlier proposed May 2 date by the camp of BankuIn an exclusive telephone conversation with the Public Relation officer of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Naa Darkoa Doodo revealed that both parties have agreed in principle but Ayittey Powers, still not convinced on the date and still  will like to do some spiritual consultation come next week.“Both parties have accepted the Friday , May, 16 2014 as the actually date for the much awaited bout but the comical thing is that Powers  has indicated that we should give him a week to think about it which the  GBA and other stakeholders disagreed.“But I can assure Ghanaian boxing fans that the said date will not be changed anymore”. Naa Darkoa Doodo addedlast_img read more