Our First Grant: Rise N' Shine Farm
Situated on 30 acres of land and producing 40 varieties of organic produce, the fields of Rise N’ Shine Farm were left under five feet of water for seven days after historic flooding in early January 2016. The floodwaters destroyed approximately 3,000 pounds of Brussels sprouts, 4,500 pounds of carrots and 1,000 pounds of rutabagas all ripe for harvest, as well as three electric fence chargers, for a total of $18,000 in crop and equipment damages.
“There was nothing I could have done differently,” says Mitch Lawson, Owner of Rise N’ Shine Farm. “I’ve seen this field in other major flooding events before and it was not flooded. We did attempt to harvest from the flooded field, but the crops were already three to five feet under water by the time we got to them by canoe.”
In addition to the $2,000 matching grant from The Farmer Fund, another $2,000 was received from an individual for a total award of $4,000 to go towards covering crop loss and rebuilding, enabling Rise N’ Shine to continue serving the Metro Atlanta community through its network of 450-plus CSA customers, farmers markets and well-known Atlanta restaurants.