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Purple Sage Farms: Volunteers Wanted

This year's winter was harsh for everyone, but for our partner Purple Sage Farms the extreme weather resulted in the destruction of nearly half of their greenhouses. 

Afterwards, the community came together and raised over $25,000 to assist with the repairs. Now, each Saturday in March from 10 am to 1 pm, volunteers are meeting at the farm to help repair the damage. Thanks to Boise Farmers Market for taking the initiative to organize and host these volunteer opportunities. 

If you'd like to join in, get the details from Purple Sage below, then head to their Facebook page and register for one of the days (or all three). Also, special thanks to Acme Bakeshop for stepping up to coordinate sack lunches for the volunteers along with a plethora of other local businesses.

From Purple Sage:

Thanks to all of you who've been so generous in offering time to help rebuild the greenhouses and get us up and running again. We're dedicating March to disaster cleanup and rebuilding, in hopes that the snow will have cleared and we can get some big projects done before the Boise Farmers Market starts up again in April. 

So, every Saturday in March, we're organizing re-building projects on the weekends and we'd love to have you by our side to raise the hoops.

What to bring:

  • Dress weather appropriate and ready to possibly get dirty
  • Boots encouraged
  • Work gloves
  • Box cutters
  • A sack lunch
  • Water bottle

Purple Sage Farms Greenhouse Relief

Update: Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our community, Purple Sage Farms surpassed their fundraising goal. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities as they work to rebuild what they lost.

Our hearts go out to Purple Sage Farms. The severe winter weather has exhibited catastrophic damage to their greenhouses.

Purple Sage has been an anchor local organic farm in the Treasure Valley for decades. Please spread the word about the campaign to rebuild their damaged greenhouses. We've kicked in $2K, but we'll also match up to another $2,000 in pledges given at the registers in our stores! Simply tell your cashier you'd like to donate. Every little bit helps!

from Purple Sage's gofundme.com:

"One of Idaho's oldest Organic Farms suffered serious damage due to the recent extreme snow storms. Purple Sage Farms in Middleton had 5 of their 15 greenhouses collapse with heavy snow. They have a pile of bent aluminum frames and torn plastic - a total loss. Three others are standing with some damage and the other seven will need new plastic covering. There was no insurance to cover these greenhouses or the loss of crops caused by this rare weather event. Just the plastic alone to cover the greenhouses will cost several thousand dollars. Tim Sommer and his family have been growing organic herbs, greens and vegetables for almost 30 years, selling to Boise Co-op, Whole Foods and area restaurants. Purple Sage Farms and the Sommer family are anchor vendors and loyal supporters of Boise Farmers Market. Please help us help them recover from their loss."

If you'd like to help Purple Sage Farms rebuild their greenhouses, you can DONATE HERE

Mike and Tim Sommer

Mike and Tim Sommer