A crowdfunding campaign will lighten the burden of the owner who must replace collapsed greenhouses at Purple Sage Farms near Middleton.
Recent heavy snowfall and cold temperatures have damaged an array of Treasure Valley agricultural operations, including Purple Sage Farms, which grows organic produce and herbs. On Jan. 8, a foot of snow caused five of the farm’s 12 greenhouses to collapse and forced owner Tim Sommer to slash the plastic exterior of three more to save them.
Sommer, who sells to the Boise Co-op and to Treasure Valley restaurants, estimated the cost of crop losses and replacement greenhouses and plastic exteriors at $30,000 to $50,000. He received unexpected help in the form of a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign set up by Janice Fennel, operations manager for the Boise Farmers Market.
The campaign had nearly reached its goal of $25,000 on Wednesday. Sommer said that will help the farm through an expensive year.
“Instead of crying about the trouble we face, our tears are more for the gratitude we feel,” Sommer said. “We are completely humbled and shocked.”