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Callicoon farm seeks community help

CALLICOON, NY — The Wahl Dairy Farm of Callicoon has been in operation for 96 years, and owner Ross Wahl would like to keep it going.  But that goal has become increasingly difficult after Wahl suffered a stroke last summer.

In an email, a friend of Wahl wrote, “With no social disability income or benefits to provide aid, the farm is now in need of equipment, sawdust, energy, and animal feed for the Jersey cows, chickens, pigs and other wards of Mr. Wahl.”

Wahl said his most urgent need is for high-quality hay or clover to reduce the money spent on grain for cattle and pigs. He is also in serious need of sawdust for bedding  for cattle and pigs.

A crowdsource page has been set up at gofundme.com/save-small-farms to accept donations to keep the farm going and to provide a means of direct contact with Wahl.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, strokes kill about 130,000 people in the United States every year, and are the leading cause of long-term disability. Strokes cost the country an estimated $34 billion in terms of health care services, medications and missed days of work.

Wahl can be reached at WahlDairyFarm.com, by phone at 845/887-5737 or email at wahldairyfarm@gmail.com.He also welcomes visitors at the farm at 440 Beechwoods Rd., Calicoon, NY 12723.

 

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