|We’re feeling really bad for the people, especially the farmers, who’ve been impacted by hurricane Florence…
We tend to read a lot of articles about farming, so a lot of articles related to agriculture pop into our news feed. We in WNC are fortunate to only have had the outer edges of hurricane Florence pass through our region. We at MHO often complain about crop loss from the critters who are eating our food. The past couple weeks we’re feeling especially blessed that we are still able to eat fresh meals from the farm and feed our CSA Shareholders. Many of the farms in the eastern part of the state have completely lost everything. We know first hand, being a small farm we are never paid for the crop loss from pests and disease, so imagine if we lost everything? If we didn’t have accommodations, that may mean selling the farm
We found this NPR story especially interesting, so if you have the time you may be interested in listening, but this quote especially hits home; “If your’re doing something specialty, and increasingly consumers are looking for local or specialty-raised crops that have a much higher value. So the farmer’s are going to invest more in producing it, and then that product is going to have a higher value in the marketplace. Well, for those farmers, the prices that are set in the insurance policies aren’t going to come anywhere near the value of their product in the marketplace. The value of that product can be two or three times.
What we’ve seen over the last few years, especially in North Carolina with the reduction of tobacco production, is farmers moving into very high-value, often direct-market sales to restaurants, sales to high-value grocery stores. Those are the exact farmers who are going to have the most difficulty recovering, because the disaster programs are just not geared for that type of production, for that value, to really address those kinds of losses. “
The types of farms that the story is referring to are farms like what we have in abundance here in WNC, the small CSA farm or the small organic farm that is selling direct to the grocery stores and restaurants. We certainly feel for those farmers. If anyone knows how to help these type of farms, please let us know!!!