In July, we profiled Birgit and Erik Landowne of Blue Heron Farm in Lodi. They emphasized their intention to build their farm’s resilience in the face of climate change, and, sadly, the recent flooding in Seneca County showed that preparing for weather extremes is indeed of utmost importance here in the Finger Lakes. While the previous owners of Blue Heron experienced three floods over the past thirty years, Erik and Birgit have now had three floods in the two years they’ve owned the farm — the most recent being, by far, the most destructive. On Monday, August 13, the farm received 9 inches of rain in 12 hours. Rushing water damaged greenhouses, completely washed out their farm road, swept away trays of fall seedlings waiting to go in the ground, and damaged many crops.

Blue Heron is raising funds to be used for farm recovery and flood prevention infrastructure. As a long-time GreenStar supplier, they have fed the Co-op community with organic, nourishing vegetables for decades — we urge you, if you are able, to give back and help contribute to their recovery. Donations can be made via Go Fund Me.