The good: Knitters are amazing.
We raised a grand total of $2410
for Vermont NOFA’s Farmer Emergency Fund!!
That is truly 100% more then I was anticipating
The bad: Accounting for details
It is actually $2360 from us and $50 that my mom promised to give if we got over 2k. I had wanted to give 100% of the full sale price but the processing fees for each transaction take a hefty percentage. I was prepared to manage that when I was expecting something in the low hundreds but you all completely blew me away (which is good) so the donation is 100% of what actual receipts are after they go into my account rounded up to the nearest 10.
The Ugly: Soapbox
So why NOFA? There are many organizations doing very good work to help across the state of Vermont right now, there are links to a few of them in the last post. They are all worthy (and as soon as I get this all squared away I’m hoping to add to my stash of Green Mountain Spinnery yarn while they are raising funds for VT 211) but the sustainability of the farming economy is as issue very close to my heart. I was indoctrinated at an early age to the idea that putting your money where you mouth is means thinking about the food you buy and where you buy it. I grew up here, when at least half the kids in my elementary school lived on small family farms. When all the milk in the schools, at the grocery stores and gas stations came from farms in my community. I remember when those farms started closing because the local distributor was bought out (and closed) by the huge company from Boston. As succinct explanation of economic/political climate for local dairy (if there ever was one) can be found in the Q & A over at Farm Aid*.
Some other links:
* I heart FarmAid