How to help local farms devastated by floods

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Bernhardt Farm lost its entire summer harvest in the Memorial Day floods. Photo from Bernhardt.
Bernhardt Farm lost its entire summer harvest in the Memorial Day floods. Photo from Bernhardt.

Bernhardt Farm lost its entire summer harvest in the Memorial Day floods. Photo from Bernhardt.

In the week since the Memorial Day floods, several local farms have assembled fundraisers or volunteer days to try to get their fields, barns and greenhouses back in shape.

Bernhardts Farm in Elgin seems to have suffered the worst loss: their entire summer harvest. This 7-year-old farm has a GoFundMe page with details about what happened on their land and how you can help them recoup from the damages, including lost fences.

Green Gate Farms lost a number of animals, roads and crops and could use a hand from volunteers any day of the week except Sunday. Their weekly newsletter has a few more requests, such as mulch to cover the mud that is starting to stink.

Springdale Farm is hosting a volunteer day from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Indian Hills Organic in Smithville needs volunteers to help with weeding and repairing fences. You can contact them at indianhillsorganics@gmail.com.

There are a number of farms that suffered losses who will be benefiting from the Texas Farmers Market’s Farmer Emergency Fund, which you can financially support through this link.

Erin Flynn with Green Gate says that if you know of other farmers in need, please refer them to Sue Beckwith, who is facilitating financial assistance from Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, by calling 512-496-1244. Yo

u can also email me at abroyles@statesman.com and I’ll update this post.


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