The past few weeks I have spent in a state of gratefulness and humility. All around us we are seeing pictures of farms and homes throughout the region flooded and devastated. Roads and bridges are gone and how long it will take to clean up is still to be seen. I feel like I am in a very isolated bubble, a few miles from here, roads are washed out, buildings floated into the street and lives were lost. But here at Groundworks Farm, it just looks like we have had a lot of rain. There was no flooding in our fields and thanks to a great effort on Saturday and help from family and friends, nothing even blew away in the tropical storm that hit this area very hard.
The day of the hurricane was spent preserving food in the house, checking on storm statuses and speculating what kind of damage might take place. With all the hype about the storm I kept expecting something highly dramatic to happen. I mostly expected to see damage as a result of wind as we experience quite strong winds on the farm in the wintertime. Based on the lesson we learned earlier in the season, we were sure to stake down the laying hen house. The storm was proving to be pretty disappointing in its dramatics, which was fine with me. We didn’t even manage to loose power. Kevin was out early tending to the animals before the wind and rain picked up and it seemed all there was to do was wait things out, which in our world meant making lots of pickles.
Not all farms in our area have had such luck. The Vermont Community Foundation is contributing funds for farm disaster relief to farmers effected by Hurricane Irene. One farm in particular which has been hard hit is Evening Song Farm. There are ways to donate to them specifically.