A Friend in Need… UPDATED with lots more Prizes!

by Susan on January 23, 2011

This handsome man very nearly broke my heart this week, which is strange considering we’ve never met.

Not only have I never met Pete Johnson, until a few days ago, I’d never even heard of him. Not until blog reader Sylvia Cannizzaro sent me an email. “I wanted to let you know about a terrible disaster that has happened to a local organic vegetable CSA here in Vermont. Pete’s Greens has had a barn fire and has lost almost everything.”  A quick google search led me to a handful of news stories where I learned that Pete’s main barn and processing facilities were destroyed to the tune of half a million dollars in damage. The farm is insured for about half that amount.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that looking at this picture makes me break out into a cold sweat. It also drove me to the phone to call my insurance agent and check on my own coverage. A barn fire might be the worst disaster that can happen to a farm. It also might be the most common, which isn’t altogether surprising when you think about all the hay stored alongside heavy equipment, cans of gasoline and God-knows-what-all else.  And let’s not even think about the heat lamps used in the Spring to keep newborn animals warm! It actually makes me shudder to think about.

Sylvia Cannizzaro asked me about the possibility of buying CSA yarn from our farm and raffling off a handmade sweater as a fundraiser to help Pete get back on his feet in time for the Spring season. I think we can do better than that, though.

I happen to know that the fiber arts community is without equal when it comes to helping people in need. I know this because way back in 2008, when this blog was just a shadow of what it has become, the readers of this blog raised $10,000 in 10 days to help a man who spent his whole life helping others. With all our new readers, I think we can do even better than that this time. In fact, I think we can beat our previous record without even breaking a sweat. You are kind, caring people, and you don’t need any encouragement to help people who need it.

To encourage you to help us spread the world, we’re having a giveaway! Everyone who makes a donation or emails the address below will be entered in our giveaway for the following fabulous prizes! This is not a raffle- just a giveaway to help draw folks to the site to read about Pete’s and the fundraiser.

Now, you might be wondering what fantastic prizes we’ve dreamed up to thank you for helping us help Pete’s. The following list is just the beginning- I’ve got emails out to lots of friends in the yarn business and I hope to add to this list daily between now and the day we stop accepting donations! In the meantime, you could win:

A Share in the Juniper Moon Farm Yarn CSA in your choice of yarn or roving

One of two weekend farm stays for two at Juniper Moon Farm

A sweater, hand knit just for you by Sylvia Cannizzaro

One of five Juniper Moon Farm t-shirts

One of five Juniper Moon Farm tote bags

One of 10 bags of Juniper Moon Farm’s Amazing Granola

My very own yarn stash, full of all the lovely and amazing yarns that I’ve purchased but not found the time to knit in the last two years!

Four handwoven placemats with four pottery plates to match from Anna Branner’s Cloth-n-Clay.

Three skeins of the unbelievably gorgeous Sundara Aran Silky Merino in “Viridescent”(Rav link) from Shareholder Tracy Anderson’s stash.

Two skeins of custom dyed yarn from Happy-Go-Lucky yarn, as seen in this Etsy listing.

Your choice of something from the Naturebuttons Etsy shop.

A share in the Juniper Moon Farm CSA, donated by shareholder Elana Kehoe

Two skeins of Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock or Merino Lace Wool, winner’s choice.

A $20 gift certificate to Stone and String Studio.

A sock yarn sampler – Four skeins of glorious hand dyed sock yarn from Unplanned Peacock Studio.

One four ounce braid of hand dyed spinning fiber from Zarzuelas Fibers.

A yarn pack with two skeins of
bulky merino, worth $40, in a one-of-a-kind dye batch. Kitchen Sink Dyeworks.

Two skeins of Blue Faced Leicester worsted in the colorway of your choice such as this from Dragonfly Fibers.

Two skeins of Nona (50/25/25 merino/cashmere/silk heavy laceweight) from Spirit Trail Fiberworks dyed to order for the winner.

Two skeins, winner’s choice, of any yarn on the Spirit Trail Fiberworks website.

Four ounces of any rare breed fiber available on the Spirit Trail Fiberworks website.

Four ounces of any combed top blend available on the Spirit Trail Fiberworks website.

From Gilead Fiber farm, there are two prizes, each winner can choose one from the following options: 1. A handdyed skein of Tallulah Toes, which is 30% mohair and 70% cormo sock yarn; 2. A hand dyed or natural skein of Nola yarn, which is 50% mohair and 50% Coopworth; 3. 50/50 Roving from Varitek and Frosty, who are kid mohair and Finn wool; 4. Roving from Seymour, which is kid mohair and coopworth lamb blended about 50/50. You can see her rovings and yarns on her Etsy site.

Dyed in the Wool will donate a matching Tie-Dyed set of T-shirt, drawstring back pack, socks and shoe laces to helping Pete. Pattern and colors are the winner’s choice, so this is a custom dyeing job.

Hazelbrake Farm, a certified organic berry nursery, will donate a blueberry bush suitable to the winner’s climate, shipped to them. (Unfortunately, they cannot ship to Alaska, Hawaii or Oregon.)

Dirty Water Dyeworks is donating two skeins of the winner’s choice of yarn from their website.

Friend of the farm Deb Clemens is offering winner’s choice of a gallon ziplock bag full of freshly plucked French Angora fiber for spinning in a variety of colors, OR a real live French Angora baby bunny (available in May) if the winner would prefer and can care for it.

Stephannie Tallent (StephCat on Ravelry) is donating three pdf downloads, winner’s choice, from any of the patterns she has for sale on Ravelry.com

Molting Yeti Super Fun Knits is donating five patterns of the winner’s choice as download, print or both.

Amy Singleton is offering a project bag of the winner’s choice from her Etsy shop, The Needled Fig.

Kyrie Garretson of NeverBlue Farm is donating one skein of Handmaiden Mini-Maiden in the Nova Scotia colorway.

Flying Goat Farm is donating four prizes- each one is a 4 ounce package of 100% Flying Goat Farm kid mohair roving in natural white, gray or any dyed colorway they have in stock in Frederick, MD. Winners choose the colors they want.

GrandmaTutu Designs is donating two prizes- A beautiful set of GrandmaTutu Project Bags (3 sizes, 100% linen) and a basket with three bars of GrandmaTutu soap together with a loofah and soap sweater.

Pattern designer Ashley Knowlton is donating patterns. Winner can choose either a copy of her Gwynedd pattern collection(Rav link) or four individual patterns of the winner’s choice from her pattern store(Rav link).

Snowshoe Farm Alpacas is donating two $25 gift certificates for use at their farm’s yarn shop, where they sell fiber and yarn from their alpacas.

A $100 gift certificate from WEBS. Yup.

Allison Haas of Alaskan Purl is donating the pattern for her felted bag Alluvia (Rav link) and enough yarn to complete it (11 skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.)

Clara Parkes (yes THE Clara Parkes) is donating two signed copies of her book, The Knitter’s Book of Wool.

Tanis Gray is donating three patterns, winner’s choice, from her pattern library on Ravelry.

Orli Gal is donating a handknit pair of socks she just finished, about size 8.5 women’s, seen here on her blog.

A set of patterns from Stitch Poet, courtesy of the awesomely named Champagne Maker.

The 11×17 print of your choice from photographer Joel Eagle.

Melissa Morgan-Oakes is offering two prizes- One signed, personalized copy of her book 2-at-a-Time Socks, and one signed, personalized copy of her book Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks. Each book comes with enough yarn to create a pair of socks taken from her very own stash.

Elinor Brown is offering $50 worth of patterns from her Ravelry pattern store Exercise Before Knitting.

Amy McClenahan, vismajor on Ravelry, is offering this skein (Rav link) of Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash (fingering weight) in the Kurbis colorway from her stash.

Traci Vaspol, friend of the farm and former aromatherapist, is offering a pair of her hand made cedar sock bockers and her Organic Knitter’s Hand Balm and Fiber Wash.

Two skeins of hand dyed yarn and a selection of patterns from Black Bunny Fibers.

A very sweet anonymous donor has knit a man’s Aran sweater, 42″ chest, made in chocolate brown Lopi wool from Norway for this fundraiser.

Kim Eubanks is donating an adorable hand knit pink baby hat and a pair of very sweet hand knit baby booties.

There is a new store opening in Cambridge, MA on February 19th called Gather Here, which the owners describe both as a “fabric and fibers store” and also as a “stitch lounge,” and I think it may become my very favorite place to be ever (this is Jenny, hi!). Enough about me, though, the folks at Gather Here are offering a $100 gift certificate which can be used in their store once they open or on their website.

Susie Middleton, former editor-in-chief of Fine Cooking Magazine and current editor-at-large is donating a signed copy of her cookbook and our Susie is so worked up about this her head just up and exploded again.

Artist Kristina Closs has donated a beautiful 5″x5″ original painting of a sheep!

Kelly Ann of Kelly Ann’s Quilting in Warrenton, VA is donating a beautiful quilt that she made.

Mountain Girl Felts is donating an item of the winner’s choice from her Etsy shop.

A six-month Fiber Club Membership at Ava, Ludu & Bees.

Miss Babs is donating two prizes, a skein of Windsor handpainted sock yarn for each winner, winners’ choice of colors.

We got an email from Linda Pratt, National Marketing Director of Westminster Fibers, which distributes Rowan Yarns, and they are donating one bag of Rowan Colourscape, designed by the internationally famous textile artist Kaffe Fassett!! Each bag contains ten 100g skeins, and each skein retails for $22.95, so this is a BIG prize!

Friend of the farm Lindsay Berdan is donating a gallon of pure Vermont Maple Syrupmmmmm…

Laura Nelkin and Schaefer Yarn Company is donating two prizes. Her Aventina pattern with a skein of Schaefer Audrey yarn in Thistle, plus beads to go with the pattern, and her Listado Cowl pattern with a skein of Schaefer Heather yarn in Julia Child.

Shareholder Deb Boyken is donating five knitting books from her library: Swing, Swagger, Drape by Jane Slicer-Smith, Knitting it Old School by Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan, Saturday Style by Doreen L Marquart, All New Homespun Handknit by Amy Clarke Moore, and Jil Eaton’s Knitting School by Jil Eaton.

Two batts from Enchanted Knoll Farm, farm raised Merino/Corriedale with silk and sparkles and recycled sari silk in the “Titania” colorway.

Yarn Mountain is offering a $50 gift certificate to their store in Harrisonburg, VA, or on their online shop.

Alina Shea Creations is offering a three month membership to their Yarn Club.

SpindlesBySourkraut is donating an absolutely adorable hand turned acorn stitch marker container that’s so cute I can hardly see straight.

Our very own Lisa Stockebrand of Union Street Fiber is hand knitting a beautiful sweater which she blogged about here comprised of corriedale fiber which she dyed and spun, and JMF yarn which she also dyed herself.

Green Mountain Spinning Wheels in Leicester, VT is donating two prizes.  Each prize is 8 ounces of alpaca or alpaca/wool rovings in the winner’s choice of color and fiber.

The Yarn and Fiber Company (my  mom’s LYS in NH!) is donating two gift certificates of $50 each to two winners.

Ivy Brambles Hand-Dyed Yarn Company, who is donating one skein of Ivy Brambles Hand-Dyed Romantica Yarn in the colorway of the winner’s choice, with an Ivy Brambles Halo Pave Shawl Pattern.  Ivy Brambles yarn is sold at the Yarn and Fiber Company.

Kate Latz is donating a beautiful, soft hand-knit hat knit from a wool/mohair blend from her Etsy shop, Positive Purls.

Friend of the farm Lisa Noyer is donating three skeins of beautiful fingering and/or sportweight yarn from her stash, including Sundara, Yarntini and one surprise.

Becky Herrick of Sugaree Fiber Arts is donating three of the indie design patterns from her Ravelry store.

Sara of Woolies is donating a an adorable hand-knit and felted stuffed sheep

A $40 gift certificate from Frenchboro Bakery.

A handknit baby tomato hat from Petite Legume.

Baba Black Sheep Yarns is donating one of their 7.6-7.9 oz hand dyed rovings, winner’s choice.

The Fuzzy Bunny is donating a box full of spinning fiber and a bath and body sampler.

A hand knit or crocheted cowl, in the fiber and length of the winner’s choice, from Fiber Love Designs (facebook link).

From funkybabymine, a 45×60 Benartex wholecloth quilt kit in natural plus email quilting support, or a $50 gift certificate, winner’s choice.

A gift basket from Crafting Balance, including a bottle of handmade, Earth-friendly all natural Cleanse – a no-rise soak for handknits and delicates, and a selection of herbal bath and body items.

A kit for the beautiful Lace Baby Cardigan (Rav link), consisting of the pattern and a skein of the now discontinued Yarni yarn, enough to make the sweater, in pinks/peach, from designer Mary Lou Egan.

Eight ounces of roving/batts from Finnsheep at Harlequin Farm.

Angelika Paul of Guiding Light Marketing is donating her services getting found online in search engines, social networking and review sites, setting up web coupons, and gathering website statistics, among other services, a $300 – $500 value to be used by the winner’s small business or the small business of the winner’s choice.

Friend of the farm Debbie Lee is donating a felted purse she handcrafted.

A three-month membership to the Fabulous Fiber of the Month Club at One Planet Yarn and Fiber.


A braid of fiber, dyed to order from The Midnight Sheep.

Thank you so, so much to ALL of our fundraiser prize donors! You guys are beyond amazing!! We have more on the way, so please keep checking back!

[If you would like to donate a prize for this fundraiser, email me at susie AT fiberfarm Dot com. We'll put up your prize with link to your website and you can ship the prize directly to the winner!]

We will be accepting donations now through February 6th. Prize winners will be notified in the days following in a post right here on the blog. Remember- you can donate as much or as little to Pete’s Barn Fund as you like but you don’t have to donate to enter! If you would like to enter and don’t have the funds to make a donation at this time, email us with your full name at info at fiberfarm.com. Believe me, we’ve all been there!

Do you think we can talk Sylvia into hand-delivering our donation to Pete’s and taking along a camera for a blog post? And does anybody know where you can get one of those giant checks printed? Reader Paula has volunteered her husband to print a giant check for us to give to Pete! How flippin’ cool is that? I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this community!

Good luck, y’all!

Due to a misunderstanding with PayPal, for the time being we are having to switch to Amazon Payments to collect the donations. To be clear, this is NOT a raffle, it is a giveaway and a fundraiser. As stated above, you do NOT have to donate money to Pete’s Greens in order to enter the giveaway, simply email us your name and address and we will be happy to enter you in the giveaway. We just don’t want this misunderstanding to get in the way of anyone wanting to donate money to Pete. The problem is that through Amazon Payments we can only specify the amount paid, so our very clunky and hopefully temporary workaround to this problem is to create different buttons for different amounts. Thank you so much for your patience!













1 dr rona thau January 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

oh my goodness
i’m on my way to paypal now.

u r the bestest.

2 dr rona thau January 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

dang my internet connection is all messed up but

WHAT EMAIL ADDY should pmt go to?
the link doesn’t specify one…


3 Francie January 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

You usually get the novelty checks at a copy store, like Kinko’s, but they can cost up to a couple hundred dollars, so I know a lot of people forego them in favor of donating that amount to the cause at hand.

4 Regina January 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Count me in! I’ll be sending an email with my items to donate!!! Let’s get Pete up and running again!

5 Karin (knitlessinseattle) January 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

The donate PayPal button doesn’t take you to the email address you want the donation to go to. Should we specify the susie AT fiberfarm DOT com also?

Your generosity is inspirational!

6 --Deb January 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Susan, I see a couple people have already said, but the Paypal button goes to Paypal.com, not to a specific donation page.

7 Blendab1 January 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

As others stated the button is not working but I used the email address you supplied to make my donation. I pray that we can help Pete tremendously.

8 Paula January 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

My husband can easily print a large check. We have done it before for our local theater. Let me know the amount and we can print a check and send it to you.

9 Susan January 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

That is so cool, Paula! I will definitely take you up on that!

10 Lindsay (Vtknitwit) January 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Susie and JMFF – you are AWESOME to do this to help one of our local farmers here in VT… and it’s making a very kittenheaded moment for me right now. I have seen this story followed in our local news (and I buy Pete’s produce at my local market) and every time they interview Pete, he seems to be in good spirits… Luckily, their greenhouses survived so they can plant the seedlings for the summer harvest, but it will take a lot of work to get the barn raised again. I’ll be donating to your fundraiser as soon as I get paid next week!

11 Sternenelfin January 24, 2011 at 2:03 am

This is a great action!!!!! Wow….

12 quinn January 24, 2011 at 7:14 am

I know what you mean about shuddering…the thought of a barn fire makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
Just made a donation to your email addy.

13 Kathleen January 24, 2011 at 7:46 am

This is so very generous of you! Pete has really been a leader in the Localvore and CSA movement (and his veggies are delicious!). It is great to see how so many communities are really rallying to help this farm.

14 Kristen January 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

Oh Susie! Thank you so much for doing this for Pete! He’s been such an inspiration to so many young farmers in VT, and we are all so heartbroken for him. I know that I too live in mortal fear of a barn fire, and this prompted a call to my insurance company as well, as soon as I heard. Thanks for caring so much and actually doing something about it, you continue to amaze me.

Off to donate some more $$ now :)

15 Kristen January 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

Oh, and I want to donate some Gilead Fiber Farm yarn and roving to your prize list too:)

16 Anna January 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

Gosh, I can’t imagine, and fire is one of my biggest fears…I want to donate handwoven placemats with my pottery plates to match. I will email you!

17 Jenn C. January 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

Donation sent. I can’t even imagine how terrifying and heartbreaking this must be for them. OI hope we raise tons and tons of money and spirits with this.

18 Erin L January 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Wow! What an incredible response!!

19 Chris January 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

It’s so good to see the community pull together to help Pete. I had a really horrible year (I was diagnosed with cancer, 2 weeks later my Mom died, and just a few days ago my husband lost his job ergo: our health insurance), so I know how overwhelming a disaster like this can feel. I hope Pete can get back on his feet soon. I’m off to make a donation, albeit small, but truly heartfelt.

20 Sylvia C. January 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Susan, you are just amazing. Thank you!

21 Tracy January 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I want to help but I seem to be too computer illiterate. I copied and pasted the address you have above (minus the spaces) but paypal keeps saying it’s not a valid email. Could someone please tell me, what am I doing wrong?

22 Tracy Wells January 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Donation sent! All the best to Pete.

23 Kristen January 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm

If Paula can’t hand deliver the check to Pete’s, I’ll volunteer to do it, I’d love to see the look on his face and give him a big ole hug :)

24 WonderMike January 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Doing my part and paying it forward. Good luck with fundraiser!!!

25 CAROL S GIBBS January 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Carrie and I will donate a share for one of the prizes in Jan’s name as a way of saying Thank You do all of the people who gave to donations to help him when he was injured. Thank you again everyone and best of luck to Pete and his family. He must feel so much better this morning knowing that people care for him,his family and his work.

26 Karen January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This is amazing and the absolute best idea ever. the Yarncrafting community is truly a giving group, I am lucky to be a part of you. My donation is on the way!

27 bj January 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I sent money last night before the button was fixed…. but I sent it the same way to Susan… as I did to help with Lucy’s vet bill.

28 Susan January 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Got it BJ! You are awesome to pitch in.

29 Judith Bourgeois January 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Thank you for wanting to make a difference and organizing this so we can also help! You guys are wonderful! Love, Judith

30 mixette January 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Oh goodness! My 85 yr. old across-the-street neighbor’s house burned down on New Year’s Eve and that photo looks scarily familiar. He’s fine: good friends, good family, good insurance! I’d be honored help Pete out.

31 Evie January 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

The same thing happened to a local chicken CSA last year and I’m glad to see the outpouring of support. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

32 Hyena In Petticoats January 25, 2011 at 7:50 am

Glad to send $10 from Australia to help – good luck!

Leah xx

33 Sara January 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

Will donate when I get paid next!!!

34 Jessica January 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Done. Wish I could give more. Does Mr. Johnson need anything else (seeds, equipment, etc)?

35 Mary Earle January 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks for fixing that button! Donation made. What a fine joy to be a part of this community. Thanks for rounding us up and giving us a chance to help.

36 cysiphist January 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Wow. That’s an amazing collection you’ve gathered there. I hope the $$ donations to Pete are even more numerous! I’m assuming you got all the ones before the button was fixed alright?

37 Alexis Hart January 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Oh lord, I donated days ago but I had no idea we could potentially win a baby bunny! *heart goes pitter pat* Ohmygoodness I already have a name for it… this could be bad. Or wonderful.

I’m still astounded by this community. Amazing.

38 Rhonda January 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Happy to help!

39 Jen1 January 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

it’s wonderful you’re doing this Susie! And wonderful of all the donators of prizes and money! Pete – I love my local CSA, I wish you the best with the rebuilding and regrouping.

40 Susan (sjanova) January 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Donated chai $$. Thanks for supporting him.

41 Susan January 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Susan, I heard about this for the first time at a Bat Mitzvah last week. What a lovely tradition!

42 coasterkim January 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

What a nice thing you’re doing! I’m happy to donate some hand knit baby items and also made a donation. What awesome prizes! Can’t wait to see what you raise!

43 Chris January 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

To “reinforce” what a few of your writers have said this is so “above and beyond”. Thank you all. I live down the road from Pete. Have worked many hours on that barn [ though I was not working on it at the time of the fire, my son was]. The support has been so OVERWHELMING.

44 Tara (ava, ludu & bees) January 26, 2011 at 3:35 am

As someone who is wild about wooly goodness and living on an island in the middle of nowhere to earn and save money for a farm, I am so in!


45 Marie January 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

So glad to be able to help–keep the faith, Pete!

46 melissa January 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

done. A dear friend lost her home to fire two weeks ago. It IS devastating.

47 Diane Donald January 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

What a heartbreaking story for Pete. I’m amazed at how the community has stepped up to help him! I was only able to donate $5 but I will be spreading the word so others can help too!

48 Susan January 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

Diane, there is no such thing as “only”. Your contribution gets us that much closer to our goal and it’s value is IMMEASURABLE.

49 LJWT January 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

What a wonderful gesture to help a friend in need. My local cheese CSA farmer had a barn fire a few years ago and I know how devastating they can be. I’m glad to help out someone else in the same situation.

50 Jen aka Jellenp January 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Every day this gets bigger and bigger. I can’t BELIEVE it!!!!

51 adri h. January 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

just donated… good luck Pete! Thanks for posting this Susie. Is there a way to know how close we are getting to the fund-raising goal?

52 Jane from Maryland January 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I donated on Paypal – you know where I am if I win something. I offered to knit something for anyone who wins yarn and doesn’t know what to do with it. Let me know…

53 Jane from Maryland January 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Virtual Barn Raising! That’s what it is – I’ve always wanted to be Amish just for that experience. Now I get to do it and have electric lights, too.

54 Karen Lauterwasser January 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Hi! Just found you by way of Dirty Water Dye Works. Pleased to make a small donation to help Pete’s Greens. I have friends involved in CSA’s and friends in rural Vermont and know that everyone needs a little help sometimes. Sure hope lots of folks wander over and can donate to the cause.

55 mzundercover January 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’m happy to give what little I can!

56 Lara January 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

What a wonderful gesture!

57 Shirley Timberman January 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I’ve donated too. We had an apartment fire about 12 years ago and know how difficult it can be. Please send Pete my best wishes for the rebuild.

58 carolann Forbes January 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I feel for this man. I am financially unable to contribute at this time as I am disabled and my husband has cancer, so as you can imagine, our funds are used up. I knit to keep my sanity. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I hope someday the tides will turn and we can help. God bless you all for what you are doing! ~~carolann~~

59 jerre January 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I have posted this to my facebook community. My brother-in-law is an organic farmer and this is so important to do something about. Thanks so much!
The Amazon button works really well.

60 W.Walker January 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for spreading the word about Pete and his farm. I just shared this via my Facebook page and hope that my fellow CSA subscribers and organic gardening friends throw in a little too or simply spread the word. Every little bit adds up, and organic farmers are precious and their contribution to the earth and to our dinner tables is priceless!

61 lisa (lasdcm) January 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm

blogged! Donating a hand-knit sweater.

62 Jeanie January 27, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’ve posted a link on FB about this, what a tragedy! I’m hoping to be able to donate a bit soon. <3

63 Ruth Polishuk January 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

I think I just donated and would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for doing this great fundraiser.

64 Sylvia C. January 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

Hi Susan, I used the word raffle here and there, I’m afraid. Sorry about that! It was clear right from the beginning that this is a giveaway, but I was not careful with my words.

65 Jenny January 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Hi Sylvia,

No worries at all! It’s all worked out, but we’re actually going to keep using the Amazon buttons. :)

66 rebecca January 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

donation on it’s way – so glad to be able to help, yep, this community is awesome!

67 Rho January 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Wish it could be more but every little bit helps I’m sure.

68 Mary Ann Howald January 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

I am overwhelmed by the generosity…it is infectious…how wonderful to see…

69 Melissa Savoy January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

I am honored to be able to help this cause and so proud of the JMF community and how we’ve reached out in this situation. I wish Pete all the best and I hope that what we’re doing will help him to get his CSA back up and running!

70 Sara Glenn-Levin January 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Well done you guys! Seems like we can always count on the knitting world to help such worthy causes (we sure need all the CSA’s we can support!) AND to donate amazing give-away stuff!
Thanks and good luck to all…

71 joan January 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

so easy to do—glad to help—very thoughtful of you!

72 Genevieve Wimp-McCann January 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

What an incredible outpouring of love and support. I’ve visited Vermont, love it up there, I’m grateful to be able to do a random bit of kindness. From out here in Illinois from this spinner, weaver fiber nut, I send love and light, (and a bit of cash thank you Amazon link) Posting to my Facebook page now.

73 Anne B January 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

The fiber community is awesome! I’m happy to make my small contribution to help out Pete.

74 Maura January 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The outpouring of support for Pete’s Greens makes me weep. THIS is why I live in Vermont despite the horrible winters. I just donated through Amazon payments and can’t thank you enough for making this happen!

75 Barb January 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I was horrified in reading this news. Please accept my donation. I’ve posted on Facebook as well. Hope that brings in more help.

76 Kathy January 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Glad to help, hope you received my donation before the problems with PayPal.

77 Elaine Hardersen January 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

Such devastating news, I hope the donations keep coming fast and furious.

78 Sam Boice January 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Best wishes to Pete and his farm. I’ve made a donation and posted to my FB. I hope he gets all the support he needs and more.

79 Tina January 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I donated on PayPal and love being able to help out :)

80 Maureen J (mljan) January 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Paid today through Amazon. Blessings to you, Susie and Pete. This community never fails to renew my faith in good people.

81 Liz Zapf January 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Just donated, such amazingly generous donors of money and prizes and such a great idea. The fire picture is horrifying — thank you for letting all of us open our hearts and pocketbooks to help!

82 Colleen Derber January 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

In transit and can’t remember my amazon password. Will send donation through amazon by end of the week. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help someone in need.

83 Barclay January 31, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I can’t wait to see how much is raised.

84 Sue Bruce January 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Just made a generous donation … good luck to him! And you! I hope I win!!


85 Krista January 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Thanks for your work in supporting Pete. My heart aches for him, too.

86 Melanie January 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

So often we focus on the bad news, but I am touched and proud to see how “we” rise to the occasion and respond to bad news. Thank you for coordinating this effort and bringing it to the attention of those of us who love our local “farmers”. Got your email tonight and I am in.

87 Karma January 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Used the Amazonpayments thing for the first time to make a donation. =) I love how generous people can be! Wish Pete and his farm good luck! Also, heard about this on Twitter and saw several Tweets – so keep on spreading the word people! It works!

88 Liz February 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

How awesome of you to put this together! When I lived in Vermont, I was a member of Pete’s Greens CSA and can attest to the fantastic work that Pete does. Good luck to Pete as ge recovers from all of this.

89 Kate Reisig February 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

Please enter me for the giveaway. Good luck to Pete!

90 Liz Power February 1, 2011 at 3:28 am

Sending you good thoughts (and money) from Scotland.

91 Gloria Everson February 1, 2011 at 6:51 am

This is a great idea!

92 Judith Pool February 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

Made my donation without fillling this out and caem back to do it later. My donation is small but hope that it helps. I am going to forward this to some knitting friends. Thank you for the effort. Judith

93 Jessica February 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

This is a wonderful example of the graciousness and kindness of people Thank you for organizing this. Just made my donation. Hope it helps!

94 jan stora February 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

will definitely spread the word.

95 Gail February 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

Happy to help, Susie. Cece and I have great memories of our visit to your farm last summer. Hope you’re well. Gail

96 Lucy February 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

I posted a link to this page on my FB. I can only imagine how he must be feeling. I hope he didn’t lose any animals.

97 Cary Fremin February 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am sending good thoughts to this little farm which is so far away from me…. I hope all turns out as it should:)
I am amazed at the good will that is being shown by many to a stranger.

98 Susan Kolstad-Onken February 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

This is an amazing show of strength and support! Fiber Friends are kind, loving souls.

99 janet gordon February 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

I will send you an email wi9th the item(s) I am donating to the giveaway: choice of a 45×60 complete wholecloth quilt kit – lovely and so easy to do as a first project – or a $50 gift certificate to my boutique site http://www.funkybabymine.blogspot.com – what a great support network Pete has!!!

100 Misha February 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

Donation made! What a lovely thing for you to do!

101 AmyG February 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Best of luck to Pete!

102 Sally February 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Donation submitted via Amazon payments. Best of luck to you Pete, my husband has dairy farming family in VT so we understand how important your barn is!

103 Vanessa Yvonne February 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I donated what I could and I’m posting this on Facebook, Tumblr and Blogger. It’s amazing to see so many fiber friends come together to help out a stranger. Shine on, everyone!

104 lisa st. February 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

So scary! (knitters rock, yowza!)

105 karen kcaknitts February 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I am having issues bringing up my account.
I was wondering if I can go back to old reliable and send a check?
Karen aka kcaknitts

106 Alicia Battle February 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I donated yesterday on Amazon. Good Luck Pete!

Alicia in California

107 jennifer p February 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Thank you for organizing this…so glad to have the opportunity to help.

108 Lori Wallin February 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Is it possible to get a progress report on your fundraising efforts (or maybe just a box with the amount on your page)?

109 stef February 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I’m extraordinarily broke…but this is one of the few things I really love giving my $5 to!

110 KateP February 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Am making a donation and will forward this to the members of my spinning & weaving guild. Best wishes to Pete.

111 Knittaroo February 3, 2011 at 5:39 am

I saw here and on rav that the fundraiser is going well, way to go! I hope you get even more donations for Pete before it’s over. (And I hope that misunderstanding with paypal doesn’t mean you didn’t get the donations made that way… that would be awful!)

112 Jen aka Jellenp February 3, 2011 at 10:57 am

I’m with you, Stef – just glad I was able to find some quarters and dimes and give what I could.

When I win the lottery….

113 Valerie February 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Donated as soon as I read this. I lost my house to a fire last year and fiber people were wonderful. (Well, actually, everyone was wonderful) but the generosity of fiber people was incredible. Good luck Pete. It’s a long road back but with all the love coming your way, you will make it.

114 brianna bergh February 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

good idea with the fundraiser.

115 Debbie February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I donated last night through the button. Best of luck to Pete in his rebuilding and to you at JMF for organizing this wonderful fundraiser, the universe needs more people like you! Debbie

116 Nancy Sue February 5, 2011 at 12:42 am

Hello from the Washington DC area! Heart breaking to read about the fire! I think about local farmers when I go to Giant grocery store and see Giant’s brand of organic frozen green beans/asparsus/or spinach labelled “Product of China” !!!!! A small donation was made in honor of all our local farmers!!!

117 Beth Schmidt February 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

Just sent my donation. When is the giveaway deadline? I am going to try to get some friends to donate as well! Does donating through your Amazon link automatically enter you in the giveaway? Thanks so much

118 Summer February 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm

What a great giveaway fro a great cause. Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks. I’ll be sure to pass on the info about the giveaway to everyone I know.

119 Mindy February 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Done! I wish him all the best.

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