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NYC market growers ask for help

(Sept. 17, 2001 CropChoice news) We run this solicitation letter on behalf of farmers who sell their produce at what was the World Trade Center in New York.

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 2001, as the two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City, approximately 25 market farmers had their produce displays set up at the World Trade Center Greenmarket at Church and Liberty Streets. The NYC market farmers come in from Long Island and upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The market had opened as usual at 8 am. EST. It has been reported that the World Trade Center Greenmarket master Tony Mannetta and all of the participating farmers and their helpers made it out alive, but most of them lost all of their trucks, displays, produce, cash and personal belongings. Insurance coverage for these losses is very limited at best. Your help is desperately needed, so here is what you can do to assist the farmers who escaped but are suffering due to Tuesday's tragedy.

Please write a check or money order payable to "The Fund for the WTC Greenmarket Farmers" and send it to:

The Farmers' Market Federation of New York
2100 Park St., Syracuse, NY 13208

The website for The Farmers' Market Federation of New York is www.nyfarmersmarket.com. Contribution information and possibly other means to help these farmers will be posted there within the week. This market and other NYC farmers' markets are listed at www.localharvest.org. The various downtown NYC farmers' markets have been cancelled for the time being. The World Trade Center Greenmarket is listed at http://www.localharvest.org/listing.jsp?id=2919&hit=1