Vermont barn fires prompt neighbors to raise money toward recovery

Two devastating barn fires struck Vermont farms in early February, and in both cases their communities have rallied around them to raise money to help the farms recover.

The Percy Farm in Stowe was hit by a fire Feb. 2 that destroyed a barn housing more than 100 cows as well as several pieces of equipment. The farm at Weeks Hill and Percy Hill road is well-known in the community for its cows and the dairy products they produce as well as the site of a popular corn maze in the summer.

“Words cannot convey how devastated and heartsick we are at the loss of our precious cows. We know how much all of you loved them too,” the farm posted last week on its Instagram account in a message thanking residents for “sending that love back to us” following the fire. “We live in a special place, for so many reasons. Our community is one of a kind. Thank you all.”

That love has come in part from several fundraisers the community has put together in the past week and a half. A GoFundMe page titled “Help for the Percys’ Home Farm,” created last week, raised more than $66,000 of its $100,000 goal as of 11 am Feb. 11. Contributions include an anonymous gift of $3,000.

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