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Program -- Medora Harvest Fund

    LESSON honors the memory of Medora Cockey with the Medora Harvest Fund to remind us all that social responsibility is a key component of sustainable agricultures. Medora Cockey was a young woman whose life was tragically cut short by a sudden illness, just after she finished college. She spent her summers working on organic farms.

Medora had a passionate faith in the ideals of organic and sustainable farming: safe food, the use of renewable resources, respect for the environment, and involvement in the growing process.

The fund honors Medora's commitment to sustainable agriculture by providing healthy food to our neighbors in need. Each year LESSON reaches out to social service agencies and community members to identify individuals and families who would benefit from fresh, locally grown, sustainably produced foods but without the financial means to purchase it.
The Medora Harvest Fund purchases CSA shares for those individuals and families, most of whom are suffering financially in part due to illness and health care costs. The Fund assures that the bounty of the farm is accessible to all community members. It was established by CSA members and the family of Medora Cockey, after her untimely death in January 2004.
Over the past six years, the Medora Harvest Fund has purchased 60 CSA shares in Medora's name -- social justice and social equity promoting economic viability for our farmers, environmental stewardship on our farms, and healthy living for all. All contributions to the Medora Harvest Fund are tax-deductible.

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