Thought you might want to see what the storm looked like from here. Let me note that this is a pretty minor situation – the farms in the valley that we rely most heavily on lost *all* of their crops – the whole thing was swept away by the storm.
Still, I admit, I broke into the chocolate the first time I saw my garden under the water.
You can see my poor flattened corn up there and a few cheerful echinacea flowers that at least for now have survived the flood. The back beds are wetland native herbs and plants – they at least will probably make it.
You can see the raging torrent that our creek became (it is normally a quiet little stream) – at its peak, that was about 8 feet from the house (normally a lot further). Also see the honey locust that landed right behind the back bedroom.
There’s the locust and a glimpse of the lake that formed on our backyard pasture.
And here’s the other big downed tree, right in front of the buck barn:
All in all, it wasn’t so bad – our farm will lose a lot of our late season herb crops, many of the flowers we had intended for our friends and our self-provisioning vegetables – some were already put away, of course, but a lot weren’t, and most of it is toast. It will cost us some money and time in repairs, but we, the livestock and the house are safe, and we can go forward. If you want to see more of how this was for some others, Kathy McMahon has a great post about her experience with pictures from Central Massachusetts.
The farms in the Schoharie Valley, down the hill from us, however, and others in the Hudson, Catskills and along the Mohawk weren’t so lucky – many of them lost *ALL* their crops, and some lost buildings as well. For those of us in this region, please remember and help your local farmers anyway you can – most of them will struggle to rebuild after this disaster and to go forward. I’m working on brainstorming some kind of organized response for Northeastern small farmers struggling with Hurricane Irene’s damage, and welcome suggestions if you have them for how to help!