Local farmers see significant damage from Ida

Several Louisiana farms were flattened by Hurricane Ida this week. 

“This has been a very difficult year for farmers, with the freeze and the unprecedented rainfall, and now a Category 4 hurricane,” says BREADA executive director Darlene Adams Rowland.

BREADA, which oversees the Red Stick Farmers Market and other local programs, has been trying to get in contact with farmers across the state. It wasn’t able to reach many until Tuesday. 

“Our farmers to the east and south have suffered significant damage, with some still yet to be seen,” Rowland says.

And the worst could be yet to come.

“With the rising of the Tangipahoa River, it is very likely that at least one of our vegetable farmers will completely flood, losing their entire fall crop planting,” Rowland adds.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Small Farm Fund is collecting donations to support impacted farmers. Those looking to help can also donate to BREADA and add a note that their donation should be directed to the Small Farm Fund.

“We will do all we can to raise funds to assist our farmers so that they continue to stay on the farm and grow food for our community,” Rowland says. 

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