PEYTON – Even after three weeks of rebuilding and massive community support, one family-operated farm in Peyton still has a long way to go before it’s all said and done.
The farm, operated by Yosef Camire and his family, lost six greenhouses due to the wind and snow on the 13th and suffered damages to every single structure on the property.
Now, weeks later, due to ongoing efforts from the family, staff, and more than 100 volunteers, the farm is in better shape, but there’s still wreckage everywhere.
As of this week, work was still underway on disassembling mangled greenhouses and toting off massive amounts of debris.
According to Camire, the damages to the farm are estimated to cost as much as $250,000.
As for what the rebuilding process will look like, Camire says he’s still unsure, “It depends on the insurance, it depends on the donations, it’s been three weeks and we still don’t have insurance yet.”
The family-run farm is asking the community to donate, working towards a $50,000 goal.
Ahavah farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) operation, is focused on providing environmental education, wholesome produce for its community, and healthy options for families in need.
However, due to setbacks from the storm, Camire anticipates having less produce available for CSA members and for donation.
At the end of the day, according to Camire, the traumatic event has brought along some blessings, including bringing his family and the community closer together.
“Blessing comes out of tragedy, if you search for it, if you look for it, if you’re open to it. You could either cry or look at the good things you know?
You could look at the bad [or] you could look at the good.
I choose to look at the good, and I think we’re going to come out of this and I think we’re going to be stronger than we were.”
If you would like to learn more about Ahavah Farm, you can visit them HERE on their website.