Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Grow A Greenhouse

We have all had enough of the snow this winter. It's been never-ending: from the shoveling to using a roof rake to chipping ice away from the gutters to searching for leaks in the ceiling. However, I count myself lucky, very lucky. Around the state of Connecticut, 300 farm buildings have been lost.

Topmost Herb Farm is among the snow casualties. Owner Carole Miller has lost her 100 ft greenhouse to the weight of the snow. Additionally, because this greenhouse wasn't considered a permanent structure it couldn't be insured. This greenhouse is where Carole grows ALL her organic herbs and plants. Simply put, without the greenhouse, there is no Topmost Herb Farm.

I met Carole a few years ago when I featured her on The Natural Princess. She's not only a wealth of gardening and growing knowledge, but also just a delightful person.

The amazing people at the Coventry Farmers Market have organized the "Grow the Greenhouse" Benefit Auction to help Carole get a new greenhouse. From now until February 21st, they are collecting auction items: goods, services, gift certificates, unique experiences, etc. for an online auction.

These items can be:
  • emailed in PDF form if they are certificates to rbertolette@msn.com
  • dropped off at the WinterFresh Market on February 13 or 20 (11-2)
  • dropped off at Market Master Bunny Wilmot's house in Coventry (call 860-742-1419 to arrange)
  • or mailed to "Grow the Greenhouse" c/o Bunny Wilmot, 317 Woodbridge Rd, Coventry, CT
For each item, please include the name of the individual or contributing organization, a link to your website if you have one, and the approximate value of the item.

If you wish to make a direct donation, Checks made out to "Grow a Greenhouse" can be mailed in care of Rockville Bank, 1671 Boston Tnpk, Coventry, CT 06238.

More auction information is available on Facebook.

Watch my video to learn about Carole and Topmost Herb Farm. Then, I hope you'll help "Grow a Greenhouse."

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