Thank you to all of you who have reached out over the past few days to check up after . This was the first category 3 storm to hit Georgia in 120 years and our little town of less than a hundred was directly in its path.
Thankfully the large trees surrounding my home fell away from the house, and we had no loss of human life. Tragically, there was significant mortality in our livestock at White Oak Pastures—it will take a long time for us to repair the damage and recover. Field crews have spent the days following the storm feeding/watering animals, searching for missing livestock, and removing the dead from the pastures. Currently, we have no electricity, cell service, or internet. Our water comes from a large aquifer beneath the farm, and we’re struggling to run enough generators to pump water from the wells (for people and animals) until power is restored in several days.
Mashallah, I was surrounded by some amazing people during and after the storm who have been an immense help in assessing the damage, beginning clean up, and keeping spirits high. I just made it to Atlanta to take a short break from damage control, enjoy Pride, stock up on nonperishables (most of my food went to compost), and watch my phone suddenly light up with texts and IG messages. I apologize for not being able to get back to most of you, I can see that you’ve been sending messages for days. If you are trying to get in touch with anyone at White Oak Pastures, chances are that they simply do not have cell service and are already starting the slow process of recovery.
For those of you who thoughtfully asked about my personal flock of chickens, I remarkably didn’t lose a single one to the storm. They spent the worst of it underneath my house and we found them (somehow dry?) the next morning peacefully scratching for insects underneath fallen pecan limbs.
Thank you, thank you all again for reaching out and checking up. I am doing ok and am ready for power to be restored in Bluffton. Meanwhile I’ll be investing in some camp cookware and would welcome a borrowed generator.