Dorchester County farmer donates $2,500 to Hoopers Island VFC

Spicers win opportunity to direct money from America’s Farmers Grow Communities program

HOOPERS ISLAND — Dorchester County farmers Lin and Linda Spicer of Holly Lane Farm, Inc. have won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire Company.

Hoopers Island VFC will use the funds to upgrade and stock a rescue boat the company recently purchased so that it can be available for water rescues in our service area. Most of our community is surrounded by water so we are glad to have these funds to get the boat in service.

“We want to thank Lin and Linda Spicer and Holly Lane Farm, Inc. for choosing our company for the donation. It was greatly appreciated,” said Rosemary Dean, treasurer of Hoopers Island Volunteer Fire Company.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit


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