As Reports of Farm Damage Roll in, GrowNYC Has Set Up a Donation Page Earmarked for Hurricane Relief

As we mentioned yesterday, GrowNYC is just beginning to hear about Irene-related damages from Greenmarket farmers throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Wind, water and flooding may not have affected us so much here in Manhattan, but they have taken their toll on many areas just outside of the city.

Peruvian Sprouting Broccoli from Evolutionary Organics

Some of the incredible hard-to-find goods grown by Kira at Evolutionary Organics. Photo from Flickr.com.

As we mentioned yesterday, GrowNYC is just beginning to hear about Irene-related damages from Greenmarket farmers throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Wind, water and flooding may not have affected us so much here in Manhattan, but they have taken their toll on many areas just outside of the city. One of our very favorite farmers — Kira Kinney, who runs Evolutionary Organics near New Paltz and comes to Thompkins Square Park on Sundays with her truly stellar varieties of baby greens, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and chiles — has reported that she has 26 acres underwater. (Kinney, you may recall, already suffered through a barn fire last year.)  The non-profit has set up a donation page where funds are being collected specifically to distribute to farmers with hurricane damage. Click here to help!

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.