Fiddle Creek Update part two

Recent flooding out at Fiddle Creek Dairy has caused significant damage to the farm’s infrastructure, namely to the driveway and one of the barns. Due to the topography flashflooding is proving to be a multiple times per year event. To fix this problem will require the rental of two pieces of heavy equipment, a mini-excavator and a tracked skid loader, paying for an equipment operator, and other related expenses (fuel, design time, etc).  We’re hoping to raise the money through this fundraising campaign and that anyone who can afford to will donate $10 (or more) to help support farming done the right way.  The paragraphs below are from Francis Miller one of the farm’s owners:

Greetings friends and family –

We are nearing our 4th year here at Fiddle Creek Dairy.  What a time of adventure, beauty, trial, death, birth, and growth.  We feel so blessed to belong to this land, living close to the wildness that is still here, learning more each day about how to be in harmony.

As many of you know, making one’s living primarily off of your own land, by growing and producing healthy food, is a difficult endeavor.  Our life here is filled with joy alongside a number of challenges that sometimes discourage the spirit.  Such was the feeling we had this Thursday morning Feb. 25, when we walked out to observe the damage done by the previous night’s storm.  Our beautiful little “Fiddle Creek” becomes a wide, raging river several times a year.  It has happened about 8 times since we moved here, doing a good deal of destruction.  Last night’s flood was the worst yet.  We had built enough berms and swales to save the garden this time but as we walked around Thursday morning, we discovered that the driveway washed out, leaving an 8″ deep gully, and lower down, a new washed out ravine about 5 feet in depth.  And then when I was feeding the chickens, I realized that a wall in the back of our horse barn had collapsed.   Life tends to pile up like this sometimes. (I’m looking forward to the day when I will have time to write down all these stories).

It was right after coming inside from looking around that we discovered our friend and fellow worker Dillon Naber Cruz, had just created a fundraising effort to help us with our stream project.  He didn’t even know about the most recent flood damage.  This kindness lifted our spirits immensely.

For a variety of reasons, neither the township, nor insurance, nor the conservation district have any funds to help us address the damage from this flood and the ongoing water issues.  It is in our hands.  We humbly realize that we cannot proceed alone.

If you are able to assist us, you can either send money directly to us at Fiddle Creek Dairy, 97 Loop Road, Quarryville PA 17566, or send money through Dillon’s fundraising site with paypal (click on link below).  All money will go towards the same project; to create a way for the flood waters to go through and back into the stream without destroying our land or the watershed.

To donate via Paypal go to Paypal and send money to dillon.cruz72@yahoo.com

Beautiful Fiddle Creek Dairy in Lancaster County

Beautiful Fiddle Creek Dairy in Lancaster County

Roaring water cut this trench in the latest flood event.

Roaring water cut this trench in the latest flood event.

Deep cut from the flood waters. The garden is out of the shot to the right

Deep cut from the flood waters. The garden is out of the shot to the right

Every flood makes this worse

Every flood makes this worse

Silt deposit from the flooding

Silt deposit from the flooding

The driveway is getting washed into the stream

The driveway is getting washed into the stream

Water pooling up behind the detritus of the flood

Water pooling up behind the detritus of the flood

Yummy!

Yummy!

Tim and Frances talk farming

Tim and Frances talk farming

Eli loves the cattle

Eli loves the cattle

The pastures are steadily improving with rotational grazing management

The pastures are steadily improving with rotational grazing management

Tim putting in the electric fence

Tim putting in the electric fence

Frances doing some fencing.

Frances doing some fencing.

Happy cows make great yogurt

Happy cows make great yoghurt

These swales have helped protect the garden. Bigger ones are needed elsewhere.

These swales have helped protect the garden. Bigger ones are needed elsewhere.

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This shows the nature of the landscape and how the water flows through it.

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