Help Small Farms Survive Coronavirus

Help local farms survive the coronavirus!

To provide us with safe, healthy, fresh food, our farmers must innovate now to survive.

Our small farms are hard-pressed to grow the food we need while changing their business models on the fly. Innovation requires money! That’s why your farmers need you to support this GoFundMe.

The farmers of the Rondout Valley are stepping up to feed our community with fresh, healthy, and SAFE food during the pandemic. When grocery shelves are sparse and our neighbors are in need, our local farmers keep us fed and healthy.

Slate magazine recently summed up what we are seeing in the Rondout Valley:

Demand for community-supported agriculture shares and one-off deliveries from local farms has increased rapidly since quarantines started. But farms are struggling to meet this demand. Most don’t have the infrastructure, even as they desperately need the new source of revenue...The collapse of the restaurant industry in recent weeks has left farmers—particularly small ones with low profit margins—at risk.

In response to these challenges, our growers are innovating by moving online to web-based ordering platforms and experimenting with coop-type selling groups, virtual CSAs,  delivery and farm pick-up options.

For example, Tyler Dennis at Alewife Farm, while working sunup to sundown, is developing novel sales channels to make up for revenue lost from coronavirus restaurant closings.

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Aileah Kvashay at Clove Valley Farm, when she’s not transplanting seedlings for this year’s harvest, is building an online sales website late at night.

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If everyone who values locally grown food donates $10-$100 or more to the Rondout Valley Growers Innovation GoFundMe, we will surely raise our goal of $20,000. The RVGA will disperse 100% of this money to farms who are adapting their business models to beat back the effects of the coronavirus.

This is a great way to ensure we, the community who is nourished by local farms, have access to healthy safe food during this crisis and beyond.

Thank you for supporting your local food champions - farmers!

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Donations

  • Dan Porter 
    • $250 
    • 8 d
  • Clara Kramer-Wheeler 
    • $12 
    • 8 d
  • Lori Gross 
    • $25 
    • 9 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 10 d
  • Brian Zitz 
    • $5 
    • 11 d
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Fundraising team: Team Ulster County (6)

Matt Igoe 
Organizer
Raised $460 from 8 donations
Kingston, NY
RVGA, Inc. (Rondout Valley Growers Association) 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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Maria Reidelbach 
Team member
Raised $970 from 16 donations
Oleh Macaj 
Team member
Raised $25 from 1 donation
Kahlil Lozoraitis 
Team member
Raised $20 from 1 donation
Sam Ullman 
Team member
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