Larry Van Aller’s family has been farming in Middleburgh since 1895. But last week the landscape there was forever changed by tropical storm Irene.
“You can see it. Everything is ripped up. Barns are caved in. It’s bad,” he said.
Van Aller lost most of his farm. The crops are destroyed. The creek was turned into a raging river, and the stones were all pushed around. The ground is still sopping wet, nearly a week after the storm him.
Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo toured Van Aller’s farm to see first hand the kind of devastation wrought by the storm.
“Today we are focusing on agriculture and farms,” Governor Cuomo said, “which paid a tremendous price for this distaster.”
Denise and Denise Lloyd, who own Maple Downs Farm, were also on hand to share their story.