It’s an uncomfortably familiar pattern: widespread heavy rainfall brings Winooski River flooding, resulting in crop losses and letters of explanation.
Irene, alas, repeated the pattern. ICF suffered the worst flood in our 22-year history yesterday, with all fields inundated and the river flowing through our buildings. The full impact of the flooding won’t be known until we’ve had a chance to assess the farm at lower river levels we hope we expect to see today or tomorrow. Suffice it to say that Irene caused a huge disruption in our already challenging season.
Bright spots are hard to find right now, but we are heartened by the enthusiastic and dedicated energies of members and friends that joined in our efforts to salvage as much of the harvest as possible on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Likewise, ICF is much more fortunate than many upriver and elsewhere throughout the state.
For now, we will continue our regular pickups until we’ve exhausted the food we rescued before the flooding. We’ll update you with information regarding the season and CSA pickups on a regular basis, as we are able to make sense of the landscape. Thank you all for your understanding and support during this challenging season.