This release, an excerpt below, was sent out Tuesday, Feb. 22nd. We are proud to call Pete Johnson a member of our Board and look forward to the details of his plans for reinvestment.
Catch an interview with Pete on VPR and WCAX on Wed., March 2nd and Thur, March 3rd.
Pete's Greens Outlines Plans to Reinvest Donated Funds
Owner Pete Johnson says community support will inform and inspire their work for years to come.
Destroyed barn was heart of farm operation.
Craftsbury, VT., February 22, 2011—Rising out of the ashes of a barn which was destroyed in a fire on January 12 at Pete’s Greens is an initiative to ensure that funding is available for other Vermont farmers in the future.
Recent donations through a variety of fundraisers will provide Pete’s Greens with an opportunity to rebuild the barn as a more efficient building that will better suit the farms needs. However, Pete Johnson, owner of Pete’s Greens, anticipates that within two to three years, the farm will be able to pay the money forward and has plans to create a fund that will support Vermont agricultural businesses.
“We have been so overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been and we want this money to live
on again another day,” said Pete Johnson. “The idea is that in a few years from now, we’ll start to put the money into a fund that will be managed by a committee or board made up of local folks. That money will go back out into the community to be used in a variety of ways: farm disaster relief, farm to school programs or loans to new or small farms. We are committed to paying it forward. It’s being given to us with such love and thoughtfulness that we really want the funding to do more good work down the line.”
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