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Growing forward: Community raising funds to help Smith family rebuild after fire destroys barn, equipment

Mar 31st, 2017 | Category: News

COUPEVILLE – Fire destroyed the historic Smith Farm barn, an iconic landmark of the Ebey Prairie, at Willowood Farm last month. Georgie Smith, a fourth-generation farmer, was at a meeting with other farmers when she learned her family’s barn – built in the 1880s – was burning. Fundraising efforts are under way to help with rebuilding and moving forward this season. All of Willowood Farm’s tractors, equipment, new seedlings, storage produce, and rare seeds were lost in the fire. The Never Finished Farming Campaign via GoFundMe has raised more than $50,000 (to make a donation, see www.gofundme.com/never-finished-farming-smith-barn). In addition, a Smith Family Benefit Account has been set up at People’s Bank in Coupeville. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to People’s Bank, 107 S. Main St., #101 Coupeville, WA 98239 (checks should be written out to Smith Family Benefit Account). Smith’s website at https://willowoodfarm.wordpress.com connects those who want to volunteer or receive updates, including photos of their first harvest of root veggies after the fire and progress of their temporary packing shelter. Local and regional chefs are also planning fundraisers, including a dinner at the Roaming Radish on April 1 and Paella fundraiser at bayleaf on May 7. Full details are on the website. Please support the Smith family however you are able to.


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