Sandy's Visit to Stone Barns Center

It’s been over a week since super-storm Sandy blew through the east coast. The Stone Barns Center team wants to thank everyone who has sent emails and social media messages and stopped by to check on the farm after the storm. With so many homes, farms and businesses experiencing extensive loss, Stone Barns is very lucky to have made it through with minimal damage. Our dedicated farm crew prepped as best they could and were able to repair and cleanup what mess Sandy did leave behind.

Here at the Center, the storm took down a lot of trees, but none landed on structures or equipment. Downed trees and wood debris will all be put to use: large trunks will be saved for milling, branches will be used for woodland pond terracing, habitat and mushroom logs, and the rest will be made into firewood, charcoal and wood chips.

In the vegetable field, wind carried the tool shed up into the carrot beds and the farm crew was able to get it back into place. Farmers are replacing covers that were blown off the terrace garden hoop houses. Since the deep freeze of winter was not yet upon us when Sandy hit, there was still time to adjust beds, clean up and keep production up.  Despite the widespread devastation to the region, we did not lose any vegetable crops.  Farmers were back to work after the storm and planted about 5,000 cloves of garlic and 2,500 tulip bulbs.

Sandy did take a take a small toll on our livestock operation. Farmers had battened down the barnyard, juggling different breeds to get everyone inside, and remained on the farm during much of the storm. The beehives were fastened down and chickens were secured in their egg-mobiles and pasture huts. Still, some structures were not a fair match for Sandy’s winds. One hut was propelled into the woods, an egg-mobile was blown into pieces, the roof of the turkey shelter was blown off, and some pig huts and fencing were broken. With the damage, the livestock team was heartened to see a great majority of the animals survived and that there were very few losses. 

Operations are gradually returning to normal, and the Center is happy to be open to visitors. We hope to see you on the farm soon. Our thoughts go out to those still struggling with Sandy’s after-effects.