BREADA will host a fundraiser for the Louisiana Small Farm Survival Fund on Saturday, April 2, at the downtown location of the Red Stick Farmers Market.

Shoppers can purchase a $10 jambalaya lunch with all proceeds directly benefitting small farmers who experienced loss due to the unprecedented heavy rains that recently ravaged the state. Dinners can be pre-ordered by contacting BREADA at market@breada.org or (225) 324-0176.

Funds will also be raised from a selection of culinary gift baskets that shoppers can take a chance to win with a donation to the LA Small Farm Survival Fund.

The fund was established in 2005 with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to provide assistance to Louisiana’s small farm and seafood enterprises that are affected by natural disasters including hurricanes, fires and floods.

It is a resource for small, family farms who produce specialty crops, such as fruits and vegetables, to sell at local farmers markets.

“The LA Small Farm Survival Fund provides critical gap funding for independent family farmers and fishers that are often too small to receive grants or loans due to the eligibility requirements of the USDA. The fund allows BREADA to respond to farmers’ immediate financial needs following loss due to unforeseen disasters such as the recent severe rain in the Ponchatoula area. We have been in contact with farmers and have visited farms to assess the damage and determine how we can help” said Copper Alvarez, executive director for BREADA.

Small agricultural enterprises have traditionally been the foundation for the South Louisiana food shed. The farmers markets that support locally grown, seasonal produce provide both an economic base and an important cultural gathering spot, creating a sense of community between urban and rural residents. Since its inception, the fund has provided over $200,000 of direct assistance to small, local farmers who provide food for our community. Donations to the fund can be made directly online at breada.org.