Post Hurricane Maria 2017
Hello Farm friends and Family,
Thank you for checking in on us. Our community and farm are only 7 days in from just being hit with a category 5 hurricane. Island disaster relief efforts are taking place on some levels, and hasn't begun on others.
Farm crew is alive and ok. Still waiting for confirmation that the pigs made it too. Our sheep and donkey did make it with a few deaths between Irma and Maria from dog attacks. Farm crew hasn't been able to re-establish internet at the farm as yet. They also are still working to fix water system damage in order to get drinking water again. We have lost all our crops. Still waiting to hear if any of our fruit trees/orchards have made it. More updates coming soon.
Updates on the ground describe the island very badly damaged. With short curfew time giving only 4 hours, it creates incredible hours long lines for basics like gas, food, ATMS, pharmacies, for the ones that have opened for business. Farm crew has only been able to make it from farm to plane so far. Distribution centers are still struggling to get food and supplies for people. Residents are showing up and there being no food. There have been public statements it was from communication errors. So hopefully residents can get food this week.
What's happening now:
Thank you to all those Farm First Responders that have sent supplies to the Hurricane Relief Plane this week. Special thank you to the moms and dads for loving us so! Farm crew got first supplies yesterday and second arrives today. Next arrival of supplies is next week on the freight boat.
These next few weeks are incredibly critical for dealing with this major disaster crisis. It is a complex situation with many parts involved. On this territory-wide scale there are complicated problems that can only be solved that takes more than one person.
Our immediate farm issues to deal with are with our solar systems, water system, crop production, animal husbandry, farm equipment needs, getting our markets up and going again (CSA and F2S), and our farmers' overall wellbeing and peace of mind. They just came through a category 5 hurricane, the highest on the hurricane scale. Our entire community just came through a traumatic experience. Lets send them all some love and support these next few weeks.
The ability to get our fellow Farm 2 School farmers, our neighbors and our farm producing food again is incredibly important to us. I wish I could put out a clear outline of our next set of needs and steps to take, but really this will take time. Luckily I know you are with us for the short and long run as we are with you! Please do stay in touch. Stay connected.
Thank you for all the love we are already getting and those who have sent support in the form of donations, time, supplies, and prayers. If you are able to help in any of these areas above, please do reach out to us via our Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much!
Hurricane Maria Sept 19, 2017
Farm Update as of September 21, Thursday.
So good to hear from our farm crew yesterday, Wedensday Sept 20th.
Latest update was that they were all ok and that our sheep (still waiting for word on our pigs) and structures survived a direct hit of category 5 hurricane, the highest on the wind scale.
This is only 15 days after a category 5 Irma hit our sister islands St Thomas and St John, and BVI. Most of my family lives on St Thomas. We were in the middle of sending supplies and food to them when the worst case scenario happened, a cat 5 directly hit us.
With 68 more days left in hurricane season, the farm crew has to move fast to save any crops and trees that can be resurrected in time. We are so blessed to have farm family and friends who are fundraising for the farm’s speedy recovery. Please see these two links.
If you are able to give, please do consider giving or sending supplies today to either of these links. Especially today. These next few days are critical to get supplies to farm to save certain tree crops in time. If you can send $ to both of these farm friends, they are buying and collecting supplies and sending them.
Claus Marquat Jorgesen
Thank you so much for all your support!
We will get through this together!
Shelli B. Olive
Farm mama for
Little La Grange Farm
Supplies list will be updated regularly as needs will change week to week. Thanks for following!
Ridge to Reef Farm serves the US Virgin Islands with certified organic produce grown with sustainable permaculture practices (and a lot of love).