ROOTSTOCK FARM FEST: Helping Farmers Stay on the Land when disaster Strikes
Farming is a high stakes calling, largely dependent upon unpredictable elements like weather. For many, the margins are often so thin that one catastrophe can be all that stands between continuing to farm and going out of business. With every farm that disappears, we jeopardize our nation’s food security and access, and risk losing our valuable green space to development. In addition to feeding their communities and serving as stewards of the land, farms are also valuable assets to the regional economy, through farm-to-table events, agri-tourism, You-Pick operations, and more.
When disaster strikes, the time it takes to get aid can be crucial to a farm’s recovery. The goal of Rootstock is to grow an emergency fund that farmers can access in time of crisis, allowing them to continue to operate without losing precious time to plant, cultivate, or harvest while other lasting sources of aid are arranged.