Tropical Storm Irene had one hell of an appetite for destruction when it comes to Vermont’s farms. Flood waters washed away many growing crops and destroyed barns and other equipment. Those flooded farmers who still have crops standing may also be out of luck because regulations prevent the sale of crops that may have been contaminated by flood waters. Vermonters can help farmers recover by recycling bottles and cans.
CLF is partnering with Vermont Public Interest Research Group to get the word out about the statewide Redeem to Rebuild bottle drive in an effort to raise money for the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. This fund was established by the Vermont Community Foundation in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to provide support to farms that have suffered losses due to Tropical Storm Irene.
The bottle drive will run from September 21st through November 16th. You can help our farmers recover by bringing your returnable bottles and cans to any of the participating redemption centers and letting them know that you want to donate your redeemed deposits to the bottle drive. All of the nickels raised from your redeemed containers will go to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund.
Please help us get the word out by telling your friends, family, and neighbors today! Together, we can support our local farms while also keeping our environment clean and healthy.