A benefit for the Seeds & Spores Family Farm has been scheduled for tonight, July 16 at Ore Dock Brewing Company from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The benefit is scheduled just eight days after the farm's barn burned to the ground on July 8.
No humans or livestock were injured in the blaze, but two hives of bees were lost. Other tools and inventory essential to the farm's infrastructure and efficiency were lost. Seeds & Spores' ten acres of fields and crops were unharmed.
According to the Seeds and Spores website, insurance will only cover roughly one-third of the damage caused by the fire. More of the damage may be covered by their homeowners insurance for personal belongings stored in the fire.
There will also be a silent auction and raffle organized by Beth Millner, Anna Dravland and Kerry Yost.
Donations have poured in from all over the greater MQT area. Prizes range from a vacation in a local rental cottage to homemade pies, music lessons and hair cuts. Costs range from tens to hundred of dollars with most ranging from 300-600 dollars.
“I've never seen anything like this,” Dravland said about the donations. “It isn't just the big stores either. Smaller businesses and people that work out of their homes that I would have never thought would be able to donate. This is only something that you would see in Marquette.”
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Seven local musicians will also play at the benefit. Yost as well as Michael Waite, the Chanteymen, Papa Crow, Niikah Hatfield and Paul Ritacco, Delirious Dettloff and Jj Moonberry Sperry are all scheduled, but no lineup is available before the event.