On this gloomy day I have gloomy news. There have been fires this week in Maine at the homes and businesses of two rural heroes. These fires have devastated two families who have done it right, working the land, trying to better this world. As Peter says “Occupy the world you want to see.”
At Darthia Farm they lost their barn and all their animals including their beautiful team of horses. I am tearing up as I write this thinking about the total irreplaceableness of this loss. They will go on because they are hearty Maine folk but the heavy weight of the rebuilding that lies ahead must be almost overwhelming.
Peter Baldwin, of Baldwin Apple Ladders, was awoken two nights ago by a neighbor telling him his ladder building shed was ablaze. The shed, all his equipment and stacks of wood used in the manufacture of his ladders were all lost in the fire.
Here’s Peter in happier times (note: this cabin was not damaged in the fire.) I hope his and the Thayer’s optimism will survive this trial. And that they know they have lots of friends and supporters. I was talking last night in the Co-op with friends of Peter’s and we were saying we hope he knows he has a deep bench of talented friends who would be happy to have a barn raising for him when he is ready.
Here are the addresses for the relief funds if you can donate. I know this blog is beginning to be a bit of a fund-raising site but these are such important causes. And the good news in that my Farmer Pirate friends in Buffalo got the Kickstarter funding for their truck. So there is always good news along with the bad.
Darthia Farm Phoenix Fund
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust
PO Box 159
Winter Harbor, ME 04693
Baldwin Apple Ladder Co
Camden National Bank
156 Main St.
Belfast, ME 04941
If there were no grief to hollow out the heart where would there be room for joy?