News Release — Salvation Farms
Oct. 4, 2013
Theresa Snow, Salvation Farms
Moog’s Place in Morrisville is holding a benefit concert for Salvation Farms on October 13, 2013 from noon – 10pm to help strengthen food security and reduce food waste in Vermont by raising funds for Salvation Farms.
Local musician Seth Yacovone kicks off this benefit concert, followed by the Eames Brothers Band, Sweet and Lowdown, and the Tennessee Jed Band. The Dead Sessions Lite takes it from there beginning at 6pm.
It’s harvest season, and Salvation Farms is working hard to increase the capture of an estimated 2 million pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables currently going to waste on Vermont farms annually, making this wholesome, fresh food available to some of Vermont’s most vulnerable neighbors.
When asked why he’s hosting this benefit for Salvation Farms, co-owner Tom Moog is quick to reply: “I believe in music and I believe in good causes.” Recognizing the important role Salvation Farms plays in strengthening Vermont’s food systems and feeding many of its residents, Moog believes it needs wide community support, and he’s willing to do whatever he can. “Music can get a lot of good things done,” Moog says. “Magic tends to happen. Imagine the world without music.”
Imagine Vermont without a healthy agricultural system. Currently about halfway toward its October 15 fundraising goal of $15,000, Salvation Farms has plans to begin a major renovation project at the Southeast State Correctional Facility where Salvation Farms’ founder and executive director Theresa Snow works side by side with an inmate crew to clean and pack large volumes of surplus farm foods destined for prepared meal sites like schools, nursing homes, and hospitals, as well as to charitable food sites like regional food shelves.
Last winter, Salvation Farms and inmate crews cleaned and packed nearly 70,000 pounds of donated and surplus potatoes all destined for meals serving Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens. The building renovation is vital to increase the amount and diversity of crops processed through Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity Program. Crop expansion is currently underway piloting the cleaning and packing of such crops as winter squash (7,000 lbs.), onions (1,000 lbs.) and apples (17,000-20,000 lbs.) but due to the current workspace this is happening in less than ideal conditions.
A community-based gleaning model, the act of reaping after the harvest – an activity historically done by the poor –developed by Salvation Farms has been so successful that the organization (based in Morrisville) now guides other organizations around Vermont on how to provide a professional gleaning service in their own communities.
Salvation Farms is also developing statewide strategies to aid Vermont in managing much larger volumes of surplus farm foods.
Theresa Snow invites you to hear great music at Moog’s Place and contribute to a critical statewide effort to end food waste on Vermont farms and help feed hungry Vermont residents. Snow says, “Our organization and our cross-sector partners are building the strategies to make sure we don’t waste valuable and highly nutritious food produced in Vermont. It is an honor for Salvation Farms to be working so closely with the Department of Corrections and a population of inmates that are required to work while housed at the Southeast State Correctional Facility. This is just another way we hope to engage citizens in the responsible management of our state’s food resources.”
Suggested donation is $10.
Moog’s Place is located at 97 Portland Street in Morrisville, VT. For more information, visit http://www.moogsplace.com or call 802-851-8225.
Visit the Dead Sessions at http://www.deadsessions.com.
Salvation Farms is a federally incorporated not for profit business with a mission to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. The organization is driven to reduce food waste on Vermont farms, decrease our dependence on food from afar, and increase citizen appreciation for our state’s agricultural heritage and future. For more information about Salvation Farms visit www.salvationfarms.org or call 802-522-3148.