What’s been going on!
Twenty years ago this week we were cleaning up from the worst natural disaster to ever hit the farm and the state, Hurricane Fran. For anyone who lived through the storm and its aftermath just the memory of it gives one pause, almost chills. We have been through numerous hurricane/tropical depressions, thunderstorm straight line winds and floods from torrential downpours and other than the Big Storm, all of them rolled together don’t match what Fran had all in one shot.
From the ferocity of the winds that went on for hours and eventually brought many trees down around the farm but amazingly not on any buildings, to the rain that brought the river up to the 500 year flood level and floated the transplant greenhouse which required us to move it out of the bottom field and up onto the hill, this storm had it all.
We were without power for a week and the mid 90 degree temperatures and high humidity made the days of chainsaw work and clean up really taxing. No running water meant that we had to haul buckets of water from the pond to water 1000’s of transplants with a watering can. At least it was warm enough to rinse off in the pond every evening and it was peacefully silent in the neighborhood until the generators all roared to life.
In the end we only missed one Saturday market (the market did go on the day after the storm but we skipped it while cleaning up) and we had good fall crops up to frost. While we came out relatively unscathed monetarily, we never want to see such a storm again.
Pictures of the Week
Big oak trees down all around the house
The 500 year flood level of the Haw River in our bottom field
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