We were awoken at 4:45am on July 8th 2013 in the morning with a phone call that the barn was on fire. We watched it burn to the ground as the 4 local fire departments tried to contain the blaze. If you haven’t seen it, there is footage on the internet filmed by WLUC TV 6.
More than anything, we keep reminding ourselves, and we need you to know, that all of us involved out here are safe.
We lost 2 hives of bees and are looking for one of the barn cats, but all of the pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, ducks, beef cattle, dairy cows, one barn cat, and the border collie are safe, too. The fields of vegetables and fruits are still vibrant.
We hope you had a chance over the years to see the barn. The original structure was built in the 1940’s and the craftsmanship was timeless. A pole building was attached later and we added two shed roofs. We retrofitted the building and used it for our wash- pack area, walk in cooler, walk in freezer, sprout room, oyster mushroom fruiting room, egg processing area, milking parlor, office, shop, mineral and fertilizer warehouse, seed storage, game room, lunchroom, general storage...
As the burning images rage in our tired minds, we have found something that shines even brighter than the flames. The outpouring of love, concern, support and help from our friends and the amazing community of Marquette is so beautiful and appreciated that it cannot be further expressed in words. We have obviously shed some tears about our losses, but it is the support and kindness that brings us to tears now.
Despite the fact that all of our harvesting, packing, and so much other equipment was lost in the fire, we are currently working out of a make shift wash–pack area under a tent and are renting a walk-in cooler.
Thanks again from the farm crew and the farmers, Jeff & Jeff, Carrie, Chris, Byron, Paul, Chelsea, Aaron, Elena, Alli, &Sheila
We did have insurance but probably not enough to cover the losses. It is hard to say an exact number of course, but we estimate around $300,000 -$400,000 loss between the structure and inventory. We had about $120,000-$130,000 worth of coverage. We may be able to recover a little more with some purchases covered by Visa, and coverage by our homeowners insurance for personal belongings.
Please consider a donation to help rebuild. You can easily donate by sending a donation to the farm.