For the average homeowner, preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene can be tough enough. Houses need to be secured, evacuation plans mapped out, and essential supplies such as water and batteries must be acquired.

But consider, for a moment, area farms, where even the smallest of which has many more structures, acreage, livestock and crops to consider.

At Holcomb Farm in West Granby on Saturday morning, manager Sam Hammer was finishing last-minute preparations for the impending storm.

Holcomb is mostly a produce farm that grows about 40 different types of crops, including tomatoes, peppers, squash, potatoes, raspberries and kale.