On the evening of Sunday, November 9th the Deck Family Farm experienced a setback when our barn caught fire. By the time the local firefighters arrived, the flames engulfed the building and all we could do was keep it from spreading.
We lost the building, some equipment, our bull, and two calves, but we are thankful beyond belief that no family, interns, or employees were in or near the barn when the alfalfa hay inside began to burn.
We suspect it was the hay that spontaneously combusted on its own due to some composting in the stacks, but we can't know for sure. Unfortunately, parts of the building were brand new, and the replacement costs will far exceed what our insurance company will cover.
For now, we're going about business as usual with some help from neighbors and use of other facilities. But some of you have asked if there is anything you can do to defray our immediate costs or to help with clean up and rebuilding efforts. We would appreciate any help from our community and customers as we work to bounce back and replace some of the uninsured items like the manure spreader, loader, spin spreader, stanchions and panels.
For this reason we set-up this fundraising tool through YouCaring.com. It's free to use and anything helps.
We'll keep this site and our own updated with more info going forward (http://www.deckfamilyfarm.com/).
It is a time to give thanks,
Christine & John Deck and the Deck Family Farm “Farmily”