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35 Vermont Farm Families Need Our Help

November 6, 2012
matt

Having grown up on a small farm with no running water or electricity, I gained a true appreciation for the hard work and value of family farming. I knew farming was dangerous, especially after my father lost his finger in a haying machine. But I didn’t know that farmers are 800% more likely to die on the job then the average worker. Most of these deaths are due to tractor rollovers.

Now, as coordinator of the VT Rebates for Roll Bars Program, it really concerns me that we have 35 Vermont farm families who are ready to protect themselves, but funding is short. Our program provides rebates to VT farmers to install roll bars on their tractors.

The Roll Bars, like the one above the rear tire in this photograph, give farmers 99% protection from death in the event of a rollover. Your donation on this site will help us move 35 farmers off our wait list for a rebate, protecting their families for years to come.

This donation will also protect Vermont farms. 7 of 10 farms go out of business within a year of a fatal rollover. These farms and farmers keep our working landscape open in Vermont and bring us healthy food every day. They need our help.

I would hate to see one of the 35 farmers on our wait list die before we can get funding to them. Please donate to keep these folks alive and healthy and our community farms strong!

Go to  www.Indiegogo.com/vtfarmer to show your support and learn more.

Spread the word!  Share by email and Facebook to friends and colleagues!

Thanks!

Matt Myers,

Program Coordinator, VT Rebates for Roll Bars, UVM Extension

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