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Hurricane Florence Devastates Farm

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Raised by 158 people in 10 months
Created September 17, 2018
Friends of Humble Roots Farm
on behalf of Kyle Stenersen
Humble Roots Farm is a locally owned and operated family farm in Wilmington, NC which was devastated by Hurricane Florence that recently hit North Carolina. (before and after photos below)

The Stenersen Family
Being a small family farm, Humble Roots has been a community staple in the locally-sourced, organic, non-GMO, farm to table food market since 2013. Owned and operated by Kyle and Katelyn Stenersen, their passion is to be stewards of God’s creation and grow good, quality, nutritionally-dense food for their community. This sweet family of 5, with another on the way, need your help. 

Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence caused the destruction of many homes and businesses across southeastern North Carolina and beyond. Florence was anticipated to be the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the Carolinas. Thankfully, the strength of the storm weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 2 just before it made landfall. Still, with 100+mph winds, over 10ft storm surge and a record-breaking rainfall of 35+ inches, widespread emergency spread across all of North Carolina.

Humble Roots Farm was one of the many places that were decimated by the raging storm. 
33052746_1537299873215109_r.jpeg(after the storm blew the roof off the barn -and- before)

33052746_1537299663579984_r.jpeg(field of crops before the storm -and- after)

33052746_1537387871594117_r.jpeg(turkeys during the storm in the barn after roof blown off -and- before)

33052746_1537387900476310_r.jpeg(chicken shelters after the storm -and- before)

During Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains, winds and storm surges, Kyle Stenersen and other volunteers worked tirelessly every day through the storm to save the farm’s crops, animals and structures. Sadly, many of the farm’s animals were killed during storm and crops were completely destroyed. They have lost over 100 turkeys that were being raised for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. More than 50 chickens perished. These losses directly impacted the Stenersen's livelihood as well as the local food economy.

Thankfully, none of their pigs were lost, despite their 5 acre forest sanctuary being 99% flooded. 

The animal shelters and barn were severely damaged and much time and resources are needed for clean up and repairs.

The Stenersen’s home on the farm, though not receiving much damage, was flooded all around and underneath the structure as you can see below.

33052746_1537299750635212_r.jpeg(family home before flooding -and- after)

Your Support
The outpouring of support for Humble Roots Farm has been incredible. Volunteers have been working everyday to help clear trees and debris, and keep the animals safe and fed. But more help is needed to offset the financial burden this farm is facing. All donations received will go towards replacing and rebuilding the barn and other infrastructure, rebuilding animal shelters, and cover revenue lost from the loss of animals and crops. 

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We need your help to spread the word. Please share this campaign across your social media platforms. We cannot do this without you. Thank you for your prayers and support. I know the Stenersen family of Humble Roots Farm have been deeply touched and encouraged by the of love you all have already given them.
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Hey Friends!

We have been working hard to get things back in order out here. We still have a lot to do, but we are encouraged that we are headed in the right direction as things take shape again.

We have gotten all of our animals situated so that they are warm and dry with plenty to eat and drink. We decided that our first priority past that was to get the pastured chickens shelters repaired. Upon further inspection, i found it was going to take too much effort and tome to repair the current shelters and be much better off in the short run (and possibly the long term) to bring some older shelter back online. With some help from a neighbor, we were able to get our chickens moved into these new shelters yesterday. We still have a little work to do on them, but they work for now! (Pictured below)

One of my employees and he’s family came by yesterday to begin work on preparing the garden for replanting. This involved removing dead debris and reapplying our soil amendments so that I can harrow and seed a late fall crop of baby greens. Baby greens grow the fastest out of all things we can grow, so we will focus on those this fall as our longer season crops like broccoli have been destroyed. (Picture below)

We are waiting on a number of things to see whether or not a partial repair or a full replacement of the barn roof is possible (it’s a really crummy old roof). We will be updating you on that.

The water everywhere has gone down a bit but we still have to kayak to the pigs and our main driveway is unusable. Full drainage will take a month or more.

Thank you so much for your donations!! We have definitely felt so encouraged by it and will allow us to keep this year going as strong as before the storm. Much Love to you and yours!!

-The Stenersens
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Raised by 158 people in 10 months
Created September 17, 2018
Friends of Humble Roots Farm
on behalf of Kyle Stenersen
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