Group works to aid flood-affected farms

LONGMONT– A coalition food industry workers have joined to raise money to help farmers in Northern Colorado who were affected by floods in September.

The NoCo Farm Flood Relief Coalition’s first event will be a resource aid meeting for farmers and ranchers in the region. The group is working with the Colorado State Extension Office and local agricultural agencies to put on the event. It’s scheduled to be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Thomas McKee building at The Ranch, Larimer County’s fairgrounds and event complex on the northeast corner of Interstate 25 and Crossroads Boulevard.

As many as 36 percent of farmers, landowners and ranchers on the northern Front Range received flood damage during storms and flooding Sept. 11-15, the coalition group said in a press statement.

“Our local farmers have experienced a lethal blow to their fall crops, their water infrastructure and their primary source of income,” Michael Brownlee, co-founder of the Local Food Shift group in Boulder, who is involved in the coalition group, said in the press statement.

In addition, the coalition is working with an existing group called Tables to Farms to host dinners and other fundraisers at area restaurants. More details of scheduled events are listed on the Local Food Shift group’s website at: www.localfoodshift.com.

The coalition is open to groups interested in contributing resources, according to the press statement. Contact Kim Stewart at: 303-579-8044 for details.

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