On January 12th, a devastating fire destroyed the big yellow barn at Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury, Vermont. The farm lost processing equipment and tractors as well as tons of root vegetables and meats destined for farm shares and stores.
The importance of local farms in our communities to produce healthy food and support our economy is underscored by all of the efforts of friends and strangers alike. There has been an outpouring of support all over Vermont for Pete's and I am happy to do my part!
I was asked to donate a print for the Craftsbury Community Dinner and Art Sale this Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 pm the United Church of Craftsbury, sponsored by Stardust Books and Cafe and The Art House Gallery.
My print is of Andy Jones at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington holding a variety of beautiful summer vegetables.
Please join in supporting Pete's Greens at the United Church of Craftsbury on the Common and buy Vermont agriculturally themed artwork by myself, John Miller, Jordan Silverman, Barbara Nedd, Marcia Hill, Sarah Mutrux, and Karen Dawson. The farm also has donations by PayPal if you aren't able to attend the fundraiser - just go to Pete's Greens website.
I photographed the owner of Pete's Greens, Pete Johnson, for the Summer 2008 cover and feature article of Vermont Life Magazine, called “Our Food, Our Farmers” all about the farmers who are transforming the food scene in Vermont and embracing Localvores.
It was one of the top selling issues in the history of the magazine and garnered Pete no less than 35 marriage proposals!
I hope the farm is on its way to a vigorous recovery with the help of so many loyal fans!