PEI potato-growers turn to crowd-funding to save family farm

David and Brian Best, father and son potato farmers on Prince Edward Island, are using the crowd-funding site Indiegogo to try to raise $200,000Save Best Acre Farm Indiegogo in a desperate attempt to save their family farm.

“This is like the last straw,” says Brian Best, 44, in the video posted on the website explaining their plight and plan. “And we are going to pull it because we are fighting for the family farm.”

For nearly 80 years, the Bests have farmed near Tryon on PEI. But this is the first spring in 55 years that David Best, 73, has not planted potatoes on the 400-acre farm. He started farming with his father, Jerald, when he was 18.

“When I see the weeds growing and we’re not planting, it’s kind of hard to take,” David said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s hard on the blood pressure.”

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