An early morning fire at Flat Pont Farm on Martha's Vineyard killed some 86 animals and destroyed over 500 bales of hay. Since that time the community has rallied to support this family farm.
A relative of the owners, Albert O. Fischer has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help build a new barn and replace the livestock that perished in the fire.
Here is the campaign description published on the GoFundMe website:
If one were to look into the history and soul of Martha’s Vineyard, you would see a fishing industry and farming. Both of these once thriving ways of living are still alive on the Island, not as they once were but they still contribute to our Island’s heart in a very strong way.
Flat Point Farm recently had a devastating fire that burned down its barn along with its entire flock of sheep, chickens, 2 beef cattle and 500 bales of hay. This farm has been in the West Tisbury Fischer family for 80 years and in this time span many people have fond memories of growing up and helping out on the farm with haying season and other farm chores. This farm has also been an educational experience for many Island school field trips and a place where the community can come to purchase fresh eggs and meat.
As a relative to the owners of Flat Point Farm, I’m asking our Island community to please help in contributing money so the farm may rebuild a barn, buy new live stock, come back to life and once again enrich the soul of Martha’s Vineyard.
Since the GoFundMe campaign launched it has raised $37,156 from 276 people in 19 hours. (As of 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019)
Visit the GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-flat-point-farm