Petition Closed

SunSmile Farms is the biggest, most diverse certified organic farm in the Grass Valley area, sitting on 70 acres only 2 miles from downtown Grass Valley. The farm actively participates in the community, supporting the local food bank, providing flowers to Hospice, hosting the Twin Cities Run for the Community, inviting the public to their farm for U-pick opportunities, and more. And, most importantly, the owners have produced massive quantities of vegetables and fruit for our community for 100 years. But two years ago, they had a leak in their water line. After a costly delay of nearly one year - due to contention over whose responsibility it was to fix the line - NID acknowledged that the line was theirs and repaired the line. In the meantime, the farm lost all their mature cherry trees and blueberry and raspberry plants. Please ask NID to help save the farm - including compensating the farm for damage to their crops - by signing this online petition and passing it along to anyone else who might want to sign it, too. Without fair compensation, the farm is likely to go out of business. This farm, so integral to our community, to our independence, our health, and our sense of identity, is worth saving. 

Letter to
Director, Division I Nancy Weber
Director, Division II John H. Drew
Director, Division III W. Scott Miller, MD
and 2 others
Director, Division IV Jim Bachman
Director, Division V Nick Wilcox
SunSmile Farms is the biggest, most diverse certified organic farm in the Grass Valley area, sitting on 70 acres only 2 miles from downtown Grass Valley. The farm actively participates in the community, supporting the local food bank, providing flowers to Hospice, hosting the Twin Cities Run for the Community, inviting the public to their farm for U-pick opportunities, and more. And, most importantly, the owners have produced massive quantities of vegetables and fruit for our community for 100 years. But two years ago, they had a leak in their water line. After a costly delay of nearly one year - due to contention over whose responsibility it was to fix the line - NID acknowledged that the line was theirs and repaired the line. In the meantime, the farm lost all their mature cherry trees and blueberry and raspberry plants. As a member of the NID Board of Directors, please do everything in your power to help save the farm - including compensating the farm for damage to their crops. Without fair compensation, the farm is likely to go out of business. This farm, so integral to our community, to our independence, our health, and our sense of identity, is worth saving. Thanks for your consideration.