Bands Donate Signed Merch to Colorado Farm AID Benefit
Phish, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, The National, Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident and many more artists have contributed items for an online benefit to assist in a benefit to raise money for the Colorado Farms stuck by a devastating natural disaster. During the week starting on September 9, 2013, a slow-moving cold front stalled over Colorado, clashing with warm humid monsoonal air from the south. This resulted in heavy rain and catastrophic flooding along Colorado’s Front Range. The situation intensified on September 11 and 12. Boulder County was worst hit, with 9.08 inches recorded September 12 and up to 17 inches of rain recorded by September 15, which is comparable to Boulder County’s average annual precipitation.
Farm Camps is pairing with The Lyons Farmette and Oscar Blues Brewery for a benefit Farm Dinner with beer pairing on June 11th. You can purchase one of these limited tickets as a perk here. The top prize of the auction, which runs through January 17, is a dinner and beer pairing hosted by The Lyons Farmette and Oscar Blues Brewery to benefit farms devastated by the 2013 Colorado floods.
- Over 30 bands are joining forces with us to raise money for the farms by personally donating signed merchandise just for this event! Additional artists contributing online items include Portugal. The Man, Dr. Dog, The Head and The Heart, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Railroad Earth, Toro Y Moi, Of Monsters & Men, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Keller Williams, Ani DiFranco, Josh Ritter, Neko Case, ZZ Ward, Local Natives and Branford Marsalis.
They appreciate absolutely ANY donation and also appreciate all who help spread the word! They only have two months to make this happen! Contributors need not attend the dinner in order to bid on items. Visit Colorado Farm Aid Benefit’s website for a full breakdown of all packages. The auction is currently underway.
“I am not sure how to start so I’ll just jump into it. Our Farm is in serious trouble, we need help. The flooding in Boulder, Colorado destroyed our Fall Harvest and ended our season very early. The event left us deflated and overwhelmed with accepting the reality that our entire year of labor is lost overnight. We are in a low area of the county and had a raging river passing through our Farm, over most of our plants, about 16,000 square feet. If you know anything about us or farming by hand, you can imagine how devastated we feel. We do not like to ask for financial help, we would rather give help. But right now we are unable to handle the loss, the clean-up or the bills of the Farm. We are asking for community support to help keep this Farm running for years to come.” – SUNBEAM FARM
“We were denied assistance by FEMA. This work is a labor of love and we have already put everything we had (and more) into this Farm because we believe real food should be available to everyone. We are at a loss for options on how we can help ourselves right now. We don’t do this work because it is easy or because it is profitable. We do it to make the world a better place, to be able to provide healthy organic food for others and to be able to tell them exactly what is in it, and what is not.” – Sunbeam Farm
“The water from the creek kept rising and falling all day. The crops were in at least 6″ to a foot of water at one point…the crops were under water for up to 10 – 15hrs from creek water that the news is saying was contaminated.” – 63rd Street Farm
Watch the video below surveying the damage from the floods in the Colorado and the extensive rescue and repair process that is still undergoing.