You Can Help Us Rebuild
Global Growers’ primary commercial farm site, the 15-acre Bamboo Creek Farm in Stone Mountain, was devastated in April by severe flooding, destroying all crops, washing away months of investments, and eliminating the possibility of future sales for at least 3 months (possibly more).
Four farmers who are originally from Burma and came to Atlanta as legal refugees are now left without their livelihoods, and the Global Growers sales enterprise is currently shut down. We estimate that we have already suffered $50,000 worth of lost investment, and stand to lose $300,000 more in the coming months as we recover. We’re still crunching the numbers.
Bamboo Creek Farm is just one of 8 farm and garden sites around metro-Atlanta that are a part of our network to create access to land for new American growers, but it accounts for 65% of total production and more than 90% of our commercial production.
How You Can Help
Global Growers is seeking immediate financial assistance to 1) provide immediate and direct support to farmers to cover the loss of income and 2) mobilize resources to get the farm and sales back in business. We are re-grouping to get back on track as soon as possible, but our immediate priority is to be sure that the basic needs of farmers are met. They have rent/mortgages/bills to pay, families to feed, and need to be able to take care of themselves in the short and long term. In a time like this, we know that certain communities do not have the same resources to be able to rebuild after a crisis. Natural disasters like this have a disproportionate effect on poor people and communities of color who are already at a disadvantage.
Stay tuned as we announce other opportunities to contribute to the relief and rebuilding efforts, including volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and more.
Bamboo Creek Farm is unique for being a collaborative farm that hosts four family farm businesses operated by farmers who came to Atlanta as legal refugees from Burma (Myanmar). It is also the hub of the Global Growers sales enterprise that has sold more than $1 million worth of fruits and vegetables on behalf of partner farmers.
Mail Your Contribution
If you prefer to mail your donation make your check payable to Global Growers and send to the address below:
P.O. Box 276
Avondale Estates, GA 30002