Sunday, February 22, 2015


Before (Photo used with permission
Martha Curran)
Another indoor collapsed this morning.  All the horses got out safely after, what must have been many hours of harrowing labor and much worry for all involved.  This was one of many here in New England - Massachusetts, in particular.  We lost our indoor last Sunday and are still reeling from the ramifications.

We've gotten almost 100" of snow in less than 30 days.  And, in those 30 days, we've experienced the second coldest month on record (coldest month was in 1875).  Do you have any idea what 100" of snow looks like?  Oh we're a hardy bunch, us New Englanders but this is too much...  Another roof collapse, another barn rescue and another "Fund Account" established.

After 16 People...
(Photo used with Permission Martha Curran)
One barn quoted these numbers - 16 people, two snow blowers, two plastic shoots and over 20 hours to remove the snow.  Another barn took two days with a team of 10.  And, if you drove by any of these barns, I'm not sure you could guess the depth of that snow.  It is just that mind boggling.

When we lost our indoor, it felt like someone had died.  We all moved around the barn in stunned "silence" each of us harboring our own secret concerns and still trying to be strong for the owners.  We could always move but, for them, this was their home, their business and their dream.  What of their dream? 
Roof top at Davis Farm, Bedford MA
Photo by Lisa Samoylenka
Will these barns survive?  Can they rebuild?  What of their dreams?  What of the people they inspire to have a dream?  What will happen to them?

So, I ask you... do not judge!  Do not second guess folks' decisions...  For one moment, imagine yourself in the same position, with the same limitations either money, manpower or time...  And in that one moment, find compassion, love and leave your judgment behind. 

And for you folks here in New England...  go out and hug your barn owner.  This has been a devastating year for them even if the barns/indoors are still standing. 

In a tiny miracle, my friend's brother bumped me ahead of his other clients and removed the snow off the roof of my house.  I waited too long because of the fear of how much it would cost...  He came, cleaned off TONS of snow and ice and charged me a reasonable fee.  I am one of the lucky ones. 

5 comments: said...

People have been fabulous and ask if they can "help"- here's the real answer : Donate money. That's truly what these barn owners will need. If you can't do that then manpower when the old place needs tearing down and the new goes up.

Amanda said...

Hear, hear. I went to the barn today thinking about all the indoor collapses to find my barn owners hard at work getting extra snow off our own roof. It never ends!

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

I cannot imagine the extra labor that would be required to handle that volume of snow. Jason lived in a snowbelt in Canada so 100" in 30 days would actually not be atypical for them, so of course the buildings are built for major snow loads and there are loads of companies that will handle snow removal from roofs. His personal snowblower was 12' tall and 12' wide and mounted on a 400hp tractor and he used it to clear his driveways and fence lines. I knew when I saw it that I was never going to move there.

I feel for everyone dealing with this winter in your area. I simply cannot imagine.

Austen said...

So hard for you guys out there. This atypical weather is hard on areas not built for it, and that level of snow feels impossible to manage, I bet. So glad everyone is safe, the rest will sort out.

redheadlins said...

So scary, this winter has been out of control.