PRESS RELEASE: Farmer Flood Relief Fund Accepting Applications for Second Awards Round Through January 15




Recovery work in Prattsville with the family tractor

WALTON, NY - Flood relief funding is currently available for Catskill region farmers through the Raise the Roof Farmer Flood Relief Fund.  Hundreds of community members and a dozen local organizations have contributed over $30,000 since September.  Small grants are available to farms that suffered flood damage or product loss during Hurricane Irene/Tropical Storm Lee.  A first round of $15,000 in funding was disperse in early December. A second round of funding is open through January 15, 2012.  Applications can be downloaded from the Scholarships & Grants section of the Pure Catskills webpage online at or by contacting Challey Comer at [email protected] or (607) 865-7090.



"Every dollar gathered at the fundraiser will be distributed to farm businesses in need," noted Challey Comer, Farm to market manager for the Watershed Agricultural Council. "We're thrilled to see such a diverse donor base coming together to help our regional farming community." A diverse review panel of local farmers will oversee the distribution of need-based funding awards." The Raise the Roof Farmer Flood Relief Fund is managed by a committee of local farmers and community members with administrative support from the Council.  Distribution of funding is the decision of the fund committee.  Donations toward the fund will be accepted through December 31, 2011.  One-hundred percent of donations collected are awarded through the Fund.  People wishing to donate can mail a tax-deductible check, made out to the 'Watershed Agricultural Council,' to WAC, 44 West Street, Walton, NY 13856. 


Contact Morgan George of Sherman Hill Farmstead at (607) 829-6886 or [email protected] with general inquiries about the fundraising effort and selection criteria.       


The purpose of WAC is to protect both the rural, land-based economy of the watershed region and the drinking water quality of over nine million people. Working with farmers, agribusinesses, forest landowners, forest industry professionals and others, WAC seeks to enhance both business profitability and environmental stewardship. It also champions the use of conservation easements as an option to keep land within a working landscape context. The Council works through partnerships with other nonprofits organizations, government agencies and community stakeholders to achieve its purpose.

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SUMMARY: Regional farmers impacted by August 2011 flooding encouraged to apply for grants up to $2000 from Farmer Flood Relief Fund.

Sherman Hill Farmstead
(607) 829-6886
Farm to Market Manager
Watershed Agricultural Council
(607) 865-7090

Pure Catskills

Tara Collins
Communications Director
(607) 865-7090 x226
(607) 643-5148 cell
The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an Equal Opportunity Providers and Employers.