Let’s start with the bad news: Farmers in and around New Paltz are in a sorry state these days, and in dire need of help. Final statistics on the impact of Hurricane Irene and subsequent Tropical Storm Lee on farm production are still being compiled by New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets, with help from local Soil and Water Districts, but it’s not too soon for phrases like “truly catastrophic” to be thrown around by state officials. The consensus seems to be that the hardest-hit farms in the state were those along the Wallkill . . .
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