I don’t know where to begin.
We have experienced a range of emotions in our home. Sadness for our friends and csa members who have been troubled by the flood. Guilt for still having a home and car. Joy from the innocence the beautiful kids that we are able to help watch while parents works. Anger, as if Baton Rouge has not been thru enough. But at the end of the day, I am completely humbled and amazed by the love and support of the great people in our community and the people coming together to help.
Before farming full time, I was a home health therapist. I would enter people’s homes everyday and help them. It was a very personal job. Your house is where you keep your belongs but I entered the homes of so many people. I felt a connection with my patients. Sometimes I get emotional involved and they became my “family”. I have stayed in contact with family members and I have cried when they have passed away. Although, my job is a little different now, Some part of me still enters your home. Each vegetable is like our child. We start them from a seed and watch, work, water, and nurture them. Then we pick and pack them in a box for you. Most cases, I am even the one who drops them off at your doorsteps or puts them in your arms. I feel a connection with each of you. Even if we have only spoken via email. Over the past few years, some of our csa members have become friends and some I consider my family. My heart is literally breaking for the loss of your houses (but remember it is not the loss of your homes).
Our farm did suffer some damage. Some of our fall crops that were right on track for the start of the season will need to be replanted. Our farm is on pretty high ground so it drains well. However. the beating of the NEVER Ending rain is hard on the growing plants. Like us, some plants have been knocked down and some have been up rooted but we are resistant and we will prevail.
After much discussion, Derek and I have decided to delay the fall season by a few weeks. We will still have a 12 week season but it will begin October 3rd and run thru the week of December 19th. This will give us more time to replant and hopefully our members a little time to get things back to “normal”.
I know some of our csa drop off points have been flooded. In the coming weeks, I will access the situation and we will work out a plan. I understand that many csa homes have been flooded also. If you need to change your pick up location we can figure this out also. Please contact me if you have any concerns about your participation in the upcoming fall season.
Please know each of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please reach out to me if you need anything. We will help the best way we can.
We can replant and rebuild together.
Sending lots of Hugs and Prayers,