Loading...

VSECU makes $30K donation

164 views

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Oct 25, 2011

Since 2008, the Vermont Foodbank has owned the Kingsbury Farm along the Mad River on Route 100 in Warren. Farmers Aaron Locker and Suzanne Slomin lease the 22-acre farm and pay rent to the Foodbank in produce—30,000 pounds annually—which the Foodbank distributes to food shelves and meal sites around the state. When the Mad River overflowed its banks this summer, water washed away portions of the bank bordering the farm and carried away the topsoil.

Working in conjunction with Sugarbush Ski Resort, which owns the nearby snowmaking pond also damaged by the flooding, the Vermont Foodbank has embarked on a riverbank restoration project. Of the $30,000, VSECU has designated $15,000 towards this effort to help rebuild the riverbank by spring 2012. Approved by the State Department of Environmental Conservation, the plan involves rebuilding the bank using fill such as gravel and riprap. The Foodbank will then construct a "brush mat" of live tree boughs. The boughs will eventually root into the bank and grow a stabilizing buffer to hold the bank, preventing further erosion.

"The Kingsbury Farm suffered extensive damage due to Tropical Storm Irene, leaving many of the crops in the field unsalable and soil full of silt," said John Sayles, chief executive officer of the Vermont Foodbank. "We are thrilled to have the support of VSECU in getting the riverbank secured. The Kingsbury Farm is a valuable asset to the Vermont Foodbank and the thousands of Vermonters who receive produce from its fields."

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...