22 July 2010

Volunteers Needed! Help the Hoosier farmer struck by lightning in her fields

Kelly--who was struck by lightning while working at her Seldom Seen Farm--was moved out of ICU to a progressive care unit at Methodist Hospital this week. Although still not conscious, she’s breathing on her own and the healing process is moving in a positive direction.

For all who have offered to help with Kelly's farm, we have a semblance of a plan in place, thanks to the efforts of Todd Jameson. First priority is harvesting the onion and shallot crop, and here is what we have as far as a schedule and resources needed:

Sunday, 10-1:00.

1. Crew needed to tear apart palettes and build quick crates for storing the onions. Please come prepared with saws, hammers, and work gloves. Power tools are very welcome if you’re lucky enough to own them.

2. Large crew needed to walk the rows and pull onions, cut the tops, and transport them back across the fields for storage. Come dressed for the weather and bring sunhats, bandanas, garden gloves, sunscreen/insect repellant, and a knife or sturdy scissors. Most importantly, bring a jug of ice water to stay hydrated.

Sunday, 12:30-1:30.

1. Two individuals willing to make sandwiches and pour lemonade for the work crews. Sandwich fixings, lemonade and snacks will be provided.

Sunday, 1-2:00. LUNCH PROVIDED FOR MORNING WORK CREW.

Sunday, 2-5:00.

1. Large crew needed to walk the rows and pull onions, cut the tops, and transport them back across the field for storage. Come dressed for the weather and bring sunhats, bandanas, garden gloves, sunscreen/insect repellant, and a knife or sturdy scissors. Most importantly, bring a jug of ice water to stay hydrated.

Sunday, 4:30.

1. Individual willing to make a run for pizzas and bring them to the farm. Money to pay for the pizzas will be provided.

Sunday, 5-7:00. PIZZA SUPPER AND BRIEFING ON WORK NEEDS FOR SUBSEQUENT WEEKS

Please let us know by Saturday afternoon if you can help out, what work shift you will fill, and what job you would like to do: 317.733.9311 or info [at] valentinehillfarm.com

Best way to get directions is www.MapQuest.com. The farm address is 2525 N County Road 425 E, Danville, IN 46122

Please remember that if you can’t help with physical labor or a financial donation, you can always help by sending prayers, positive thoughts, and healing energy to Kelly and her family. Also, consider taking some of your grocery dollars to the Seldom Seen Farm stand at Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and helping John and Kelly by supporting their business.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Are they going to be needing help every Sunday? I would like to volunteer to help next weekend if needed.

Slow Food Indy said...

Hi Lisa,
Yup, we think regular Crop Mob's will be planned in the future. Keep an eye out on SFI's blog for updates and get in touch with Maria Smietana of Valentine Hill Farm (317.733.9311 or info [at] valentinehillfarm.com) to be added to her contact list for email updates. Thanks for your willingness to help!
kind regards,
Slow Food Indy

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