Upcoming fundraisers to aid ailing farmer

Funk and daughter Laila

  • From Seldom Seen Farm site
  • Funk and daughter Laila

This story is about roots in every sense of the word: vegetable, community, musical. Kelly Funk, co-owner of the 50-acre vegetable, flower and herb farm Seldom Seen Farm with her husband John Ferree, was struck by lightning last month while working in her fields. According to the

farm's blog

, Funk spent weeks in the Methodist Hospital ICU before being moved to a long-term acute care facility.

Ferree explains in the most recent post: "She is making small steps toward becoming more aware although she is not yet responding to requests from the doctors, therapists or family on what she should do. (Those of you who know Kelly well realize that Kelly has never been one to immediately respond to these types of requests.)"

Funk and Ferree were familiar to attendees of the Broad Ripple Farmers Market, where the two offered their wares every Saturday, and the Indy Winter Farmers Market. The couple has two children.

As one might expect, small-scale farmers usually don't have substantial medical benefits. So the farming and music community is putting on a couple shows to help raise money for Funk's medical costs.

The first event comes Friday, Aug. 6, from 5 p.m. at Traders Point Creamery. Chad Mills has organized what he's calling his "Album Release Party Version 2.0," following on a release show earlier this year at Birdy's for his album "Make the Door." He and openers Cara Jean Wahlers and Grover Parido will donate the entirety of the door and any CD sales to the Kelly Funk Memorial Funk.

And the second is a benefit dinner hosted by Slow Food Indy to take place Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. The menu includes lobster, mussels and corn on the cob, and the cost is $75 per person.