7th Generation Farmer Erik Stewart has spent the last week cleaning up at the Clan Stewart Farm.
It was purchased by his family from William Penn’s son 200 years ago.
“Originally in the 1700’s it ran as grain and then by the time it got to my grandfather’s generation it ran as dairy and had probably fifty some dairy cattle.”
Now, the Clan Stewart farm mainly produces plants and flowers.
Last week’s storm hit the farm hard. Two portable greenhouses valued at $7,000 each are now just warped steel.
“We also lost our 30 by 70 foot high tunnel green house and half of it might be salvageable but almost none of this was insurable or covered under our policy, it wasn’t considered brick and mortar.”
Stewart said he’s amazed that the oldest building on the farm, that he believes is nearly 180 years-old, wasn’t hit the hardest.
“That’s what was impressive to me that the square, wooden barn, 100 years-old, outlasted these fancy, new shaped steel greenhouses.
He estimates nearly $1,000 worth of plant products that were in the greenhouses were ruined.
However, the smallest greenhouse filled with flowers, made it through the storm.
They still plan on selling their flowers and produce at the local farmer’s market.
“You know our goal is even if we can’t do this full time, we all have part time jobs, now we would still like to see you at the market and be supplying you with fresh chemical free produce.”
Stewart says several farmers have been generous, helping to clean up and donating plants.
He says you can help out by shopping from their booth at the Boalsburg Farmer’s Market as well as the one at the Home Depot in Centre County.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help pay for damages. You can find that page by clicking here.