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Funds Available To Farms Damaged By Blizzard


A fund that was set up to help western Massachusetts farms damaged by Hurricane Irene is being re-opened in response to the February blizzard.  

The emergency farm fund, operated by the non profit Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture offers zero interest loans up to $10,000.  CISA director Philip Korman says the blizzard caused a number of greenhouse collapses.

The deadline application is March 31st.  The fund paid out a total of $93,000  following Irene in in 2011. It has been replenished by donations from individuals and businesses ranging from $5 to $20,000