Jesy Joy & Jon Piana Fire Recovery
Tragic Fire Displaces Jon Piana & Jesy Joy, Founding Members of Fable Farm
On Tuesday, March 28, a late-night fire caused extensive damage to a historic farmhouse in Barnard, Vermont, displacing current tenants Jon Piana and Jesy Joy, Jesy’s daughter, and their two animals.
The Family is Facing Challenging Times
Their cat Ember was pulled out of the blaze by the firefighters, surviving serious burns, and is currently recuperating in the animal hospital. Thankfully, everyone else escaped unharmed. However, this displacement and the loss of both their personal and professional property has brought challenging and uncertain times upon the family.
Your Support is Welcomed
The local community is rallying to support the family, who have done so much to contribute to the community in and around Barnard, Vermont. Temporary housing has been provided, but your financial support is welcomed as they begin the process of getting back on their feet and coping with their losses.
Fable Farmhouse Legacy
The generous spirit of Jesy and Jon has welcomed many to the “Fable Farmhouse”, the historic Barnard farmhouse, known as the site of the Fable Farm pick-ups and gatherings in the early days of their CSA. Many have fond memories of the beautiful and welcoming environment they created together, where folks from all walks of life would come out of the woodwork to join in mutual celebration. Jon and his brother Christopher first moved to Barnard in 2008, rented land and began a vegetable CSA. The Piana brothers —
working together with their partners — Jesy, Brooke, and many friends, openly welcomed multitudes of local folk into their flourishing backyard garden during weekly gatherings, which quickly grew into lively community potluck events.
Once musicians played for the pass of a hat under the ancient branches of the “Mamma” apple tree at the farmhouse, but in 2013 the weekly gatherings moved to the Clark Farm on the Royalton Turnpike and grew into what is now known as Feast & Field Market . Fable Farm is now a catering/venue business and fermentory, and they continue their legacy of community building around local food along with their partners, Heartwood Farm, Kiss the Cow Farm and Eastman Farm.
An Opportunity to Give Back
Fable Farm’s presence has helped to transform Barnard, by bringing people together and encouraging more people to share their energies and talents. The local community in and around Barnard, Vermont would not be the same without the generous contributions of Jon and Jesy.
Now we have an opportunity to give back to these wonderful folks who have given so much to those in our local community and beyond. Thank you for your contribution, which helps to support them during these trying times.
*Barnard Helping Hands, a local nonprofit, has established a relief fund for the fire victims, where all donations received by check are tax-deductible, and any donated funds will be received in full.
Checks, with ”Jesy/Jon” written on the memo line, can be sent to the below mailing address:
Jesy & Jon Fire Recovery
PO Box 888
Thank You dear friends for your exceedingly generous donations to help Jesy, Meridian, and I get back on our feet and continue our work in the world. We're feeling deeply blessed to be alive and woven into an extended community of folks from both our past and present. The outpour of support of all kinds that we're receiving is incredibly inspiring and vital to our next step. We wish to extend a wellspring of Love and Gratitude from our Hearts.
We're thankful for all those who have come out to help us rummage through the rubble and salvage what we could. We've discovered that if not burnt, most all of our belongings have been badly smoke damaged. We are looking at this experience as an opportunity to start fresh and embrace simplicity in our lives. We have been riding an emotional roller coaster over the last week, but are beginning to settle into feeling deeply humbled, grateful, inspired and connected.
This experience has served as an acute reminder of why we choose to live in a rural community such as Barnard. The day after the fire, our local community service group Helping Hands and the General Store were leading efforts in raising funds while others led the effort in establishing this GoFundMe platform; friends provided us with a nurturing home to go back to after long days of tending to the aftermath of the fire to decompress and rest; and volunteers aplenty came out to help labor and cook us lunch, as we frantically attempted to salvage what belongings we could. And now to witness the generous contributions streaming in via the GoFundMe platform, we are reminded how wonderfully supported we are by our extended community of friends and family. All of us are connected in one manner or another, and through this experience we are viscerally touched by this heartfelt connection with you all.
We now find ourselves in a temporary home, the guest house of dear friends of ours, itself an old farmhouse from the late 1700's, grounding into normalcy and plotting our next step. We're beginning to reconstruct a workable home situation, and are starting to figure out what we need. Yesterday, we picked up our cat from the emergency veterinary clinic after a week of recuperating from severe burns. Her face, ears and paws are still quite raw and she is needing regular care. She is sleeping a lot, but she seems to be on the road to recovery. Our dog Arya seems quite concerned about her and is spending regular time as her companion.
As many of you know, the farmhouse was not just a place for our family lives, but served as the headquarters for our farm, culinary, and fermentory enterprises over the last 9 years. Luckily we were well on our way moving into a new facility before the fire tore through the house. But there were some lingering assets used for our businesses that were lost in the fire. And a gradual move from one headquarters to the next quickly turned into an overnight dash.
As Winter slowly let goes of Her grasp upon the land, we welcome fresh currents of Hope.
With Love and Gratitude,
Jon, Jesy, and Meridian