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Helping hands: Vermont Community Foundation’s Farm Disaster Relief Fund

When Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont last year, Shelburne Vineyard was spared the devastation experienced by other farmers elsewhere in the state.

When the vineyard released its “In Spite of Irene” label wine in July 2012, the Alberts and staff decided to contribute money from sales and $2 from every sale of “In Spite of Irene” t-shirts to the Farm Disaster Relief Fund.

The Alberts presented $1,002 to the VCF fund last week. Fund official Ryan Torres accepted the money presented at the vineyard last week. He thanked the Alberts and the vineyard staff for their concern.

“Thanks really go to all those who have supported Vermont farmers, not only with their purchase of ‘In Spite of Irene’ wine, but with all the kindness and generosity that has manifested itself on behalf of Vermont farmers in this challenging year,” Ken Albert during the presentation. “Agriculture is so important in the history and culture of Vermont. We all want to see it thrive.”

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