Plovgh is a cooperative of farmers, growers, and ranchers that sell directly to their customers.
In the last two weeks there has been an incredible number of self-organized efforts that have emerged to bring support to some of the communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Plovgh too felt the urgency to jump in and help in a way that we best know how - connecting farms and people.
We held our first Plovgh volunteer day last Sunday in the home kitchen of the Rose Water chefs, and coordinated produce donations from some of our farm friends. (A big thank you to Brooklyn Grange and North Fork Egg Farm for their contributions!) We had over forty people volunteer their time, and more folks are continuing to reach out and ask how they can help.
That was just the beginning of the stories that began to unfold.
A friend wrote to us that he had meet someone named Chris Dalton owner of Dalton’s Seaside Grill while out volunteering in the Rockaways and told us how they had a buffet set up out back of the restaurant and were feeding volunteers and locals. The food had been cooked elsewhere and delivered and they were heating it up on a sterno to feed people throughout the day. Did we know of anyone making prepared food in bulk that could help out? We put them in touch with Food Not Bombs and the next day meals were being delivered out to Dalton’s to feed the community.
This week Kassy at Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership wrote to us that their farm stand had been canceled due to the Nor’easter that blew through yesterday and told us that they had produce they wanted to donate. And then this happened:
Not only was a farmer able to salvage the crops that had been harvested for the farm stand, but the volunteers at Occupy Sandy were able to get more food for their kitchens and continue cooking meals.
It’s super exciting to witness these connections and the collaborations that they spark which ultimately result in people getting fed. If you want to get involved check out these opportunities to volunteer or drop us a line.
It’s hard to comprehend how things could feel so normal in some parts of the city while just miles away our neighbors are hungry, cold, and generally not okay. We are relieved to say that upstate farms that bore the brunt of Irene last year fared well in Sandy from a damage perspective. However, the cruelty of the storm is such that many of those farms rely on downstate markets to sell their produce. Farmers markets and restaurants are reopening, but there is still a bunch of food on farms that a bunch of people in this city could use.
So, when one of our friends from the Brooklyn restaurant scene decided to get hot meals to hungry people, we told her we’d mobilize. Let us know if you can help.
If you are a farmer with excess produce, please get in touch.
If you are in New York City and want to volunteer your time, your vehicle, or your cooking skills, please let us know here.
If you or anyone you know needs food, please let us know here.