Helping Hurricane Victims

BY Kathy McFarland


Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company may be located on a small farm near a small town in rural Missouri, but we are neither uninformed nor complacent about the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes in other parts of the world. Our hearts go out to those who have lost everything except their lives, and our hearts go out to the families of those who actually did lose their lives.




We want to do everything we can to assist hurricane victims both in the United States and throughout the Caribbean. Baker Creek efforts include sending seeds to El Departamento De la Comida in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to help rebuild the organic food system on the island.


We also are donating home garden restart kits to any individual or family who has lost their gardens to these horrific storms. If you or someone you know has lost a garden in the hurricane and could use a start up seed kit, please send your story and contact information to ATTN: Donations so that we can get you a seed starter kit.




We want to do more and we want you to help us do more. Many of these people need IMMEDIATE assistance of food, water, and medicine. It takes MONEY to get those things to them. In an effort to get that immediate aid to those who need it, Baker Creek is running a special for an entire week in which we will donate 100% of the seed sales to World Help, who will distribute supplies to Puerto Rico and other areas damaged by these horrific hurricanes. All sales proceeds from all orders placed today, September 29, through next Friday, October 6, will be donated to WorldHelp to help them move in food, water, medicine, and other needed supplies.




The writer of this blog post just returned after spending 2 weeks in south Florida providing support for thousands of skilled electrical workers often working around the clock to get power back on. I saw homes that were totally demolished, I spoke with people both young and old who had lost everything they had.




As much as I was affected by the scenes of devastation, they do not begin to compare with the destruction in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. While I saw electrical trucks that had been driven from many states and even Canada to assist in Florida, it is not physically possible for those men and women to drive to the remote islands. While Florida Power and Light Company was able to restore electricity to 4 million patrons within 2 weeks, that cannot happen in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, etc.




Our friend Rick Young of World Help says, The destruction is unfathomable in Puerto Rico!!” He elaborates, “The electric grid will need to be completely replaced, no cell towers, no electricity, no power lines. This will be a major problem for over 3 million people, almost 2 million Americans. This is not for a few days or weeks but for months and years. It will take up to 2 years under normal conditions to completely fix the infrastructure.” He further explains what many of us see on the news: Barbuda had to be evacuated and remains uninhabitable. Ninety percent of the buildings were damaged in Dutch St. Martin.




Please place your seed order online at All proceeds will go to assist hurricane victims. Email us your story and contact information at ATTN: Donations for a starter kit if you lost your garden in the hurricane or you know someone who did.


Images provided by Rick Young from




We want to help!