"Fire" is not a word you want to see in the subject line from a farmer. I received word from Chrissie at Kookoolan Farms and Kookoolan World Meadery that two barns were totaled in a fire last night. No people or large animals were hurt. The fire department arrived in time to save other buildings. I'll let Chrissie tell you the rest:
We had two barns get totaled in a fire last night, with minor damage to two other barns. We lost three weeks of chicks (ages 2 weeks old, 1 week old, and 0 weeks old) for our 100%-organic-fed meat-chicken operations (first three weeks of May chickens). No people or larger animals were hurt. Of all the buildings that could have burned these were the two least valuable, and the fire department arrived JUST in time to prevent what could have been a multi-million-dollar fire in our plus our neighbor's full complex of barns. So in the grand scheme of things it's not so bad. Man those fire fighters are awesome.
This does not impact any other area of operations for the farm. We will be at the market Sunday. Our chicken season will start on time. Just our organic-feed chicken season will start three or possibly four weeks later due to the fire loss of the started chicks, ALL our poultry-raising equipment (waterers, feeders, brooder housing, heat lamps, hoses, extension cords, etc). It will likely be six to eight weeks before we see a reimbursement check from the insurance company, but we will begin rebuilding as soon as the investigation and insurance adjustment processes are finished, likely early next week.
We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. People wishing to offer us assistance can best do that by buying or reserving a share of beef, pork, or lamb, or reserving and making a deposit toward a bulk-discount unit of chickens for later in the summer, or by subscribing to our vegetable CSA (farm pickup only). These transactions would give us a welcome bubble of cash that will help us rebuild our chick-starting area and replace all our small equipment for poultry raising, getting things back on track as quickly as possible for the main season.