My name is Astrid Pleitez and my family and I own and operate a diversified vegetable farm in the Northern Neck of Virginia. We sell primarily at farmers markets and work hard to feed our community, including regular donations to local food pantries such as Manna Food Center, Food For Others, Arlington Food Assistance Center, Our Lady Queen of Peace and participation in FRESHFARM's Pop Up Food Hub.
In May this year, a violent thunderstorm hit our farm and destroyed our two main 30’x100’ high tunnel greenhouses. We wonder if a small tornado touched down on our farm! As you can see, the metal frames have been irreparably bent and destroyed. There is very little to salvage and rebuild with.
We use these high tunnel greenhouses to extend our growing seasons, allowing us to offer certain crops both earlier and later in the year. Without them, we will have a shorter season at farmers markets and we will not be able to donate as much food to our community in need.
To catch up this season, we need to rebuild and plant these greenhouses ASAP. If not, we will all feel the loss in revenue and production next year.
Your donation will help us continue to serve the communities we’ve fed for the last 20 years, and we will be forever grateful for your generosity.
Astrid, on behalf of Pleitez Produce Farm
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