Here's a piece I wrote for the Food Systems Network NYC Newsletter last week with the latest info on what New York area local officials are doing to help New York State farmers with crop loss and crop delays this year. This week's news suggests that half of New York States high margin tomato industry may be ruined to blight a ruinous fungus that has swept across the region.
"Local and Federal Officials Request Assistance for Farmers Due to Crop Losses and Delays
Posted by Lexi Van de Walle, lightheartedlocavore.com
The summer of 2009 is turning out to be the summer of seasonally cool temperatures with a bumper crop of rain, hail, and now blight. These conditions have not been good for fruit and vegetable farmers in the New York area and especially in Long Island’s Suffolk County where summer weather is more typically hot and dry -- perfect for the potatoes and grapes and other bounty that the region is known for. MORE "