[Market-farming] Surviving the June 29 Derecho

Roots Farm karen at rootsfarm.info
Sun Jul 15 09:59:48 EDT 2012


Just seconding Deb's comments re Chinese Medicine's sometimes surprising efficacy, the validity of the topic of Lyme to farmers,  and her good wishes re your (Marlin's) recovery and the storm endured.

Deb, please send your MCM Doctor's contact info.  Many thanks. 

Weather getting stranger and more difficult everywhere.  Here in Dominica, expected dry season barely materialized (so much for large broccoli planting timed to ripen in expected dry weather....) and loads of wind, cool temperatures and rain.  What to plant when???????????

Best wishes to all,

Karen

Roots Farm Organic Produce
Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs
Cochrane, DOMINICA
767-449-3038 (before 7 P.M.)
karen at rootsfarm.info

On Jul 15, 2012, at 12:36 AM, Deb Taft wrote:

> 
> 
> Marlin,
> 
> I'm sorry you got hit by the high winds and glad you didn't have more damage.
> 
> I'm really writing because you mentioned Lyme Disease.  I wonder if you feel that you're getting better.  I suffered through 2 years of mega doses of antibiotics before realizing that it wasn't a cure but was merely suppressing the symptoms enough for me to sort of have a crappy quality of life, limping through day after day.
> 
> I know different things work for different people, but I can't say enough about the "Modern Chinese Medicine" guy I went to in NYC.  He's written a book about his protocol for Lyme and is also well know for his treatment of HIV/AIDS and cancer with MCM.  I believe I am "cured" now.  Happy to pass along more info if you'd like.  Feel free to email me individually.
> 
> I know this may seem Off Topic, but spending our days outside in the weeds makes it very much a farming issue!
> 
> Best,
> Deb Taft
> Mobius Fields
> Sleepy Hollow / Waccabuc NY
> We sure could use some rain!!!
> 
> 
> 
> On Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM, Marlin Burkholder <burkholders at glenecofarm.com> wrote:
> 
> I have been a bit surprised that so little was said on this list about how some of us fared in the devastating wind storm which swept the mid west and mid Atlantic states from Chicago to Washington DC.  We had a real mess of broken tree limbs around the house and some trees down across line fences and into hay fields but nothing serious such as trees on vehicles or roofs off buildings.  Our two 150’ tomato high tunnels survived the hurricane force winds but just barely.  The beefed up ground rods and additional wind rope held the structures in place but the series 40 one inch PVC bows flexed so much that the plastic covering was punched full of holes by hitting tomato stakes.  About 10 feet of plastic pulled loose on all of the ends.  I have been approved by NRCS for a cost share on a “Rolling Thunder” moveable high tunnel, but I shudder to think what would have happened had I had it up in this storm.  I priced it with ground anchors estimated for protection in hurricane force winds and that called for a ground anchor on about every bow.  I thought that sounded excessive but after going through this storm I’m thinking that if I am going to follow through with this project I had better follow the recommendations.  I would be interested in how some of you with high tunnels fared in this storm, especially those who have “Rolling Thunders”.  If possible I would like to visit someone who has put one up for the purpose of seeing it and perhaps picking some brains if that is acceptable.  We make periodic trips to Maryland to see a Lyme doctor and could go into eastern PA for such a visit.
> 
> With me struggling with chronic Lyme disease and my wife wanting time off during the winter, she is trying to discourage from going through with this project so it is still a little up in the air.  That is why I am concerned about putting the thing up and watching it go up in the air.
> 
> Marlin Burkholder
> Shenandoah Valley
> Virginia
> 
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