Flood Aid raises $50,000 for New Paltz farmers, families, first responders

A crowd gathered in New Paltz’s Hasbrouck Park last Sunday to listen to good music, do a little shopping and -- most importantly -- donate to the local victims of tropical storms Irene and Lee. With a torrential and unending rainfall and flood water rising higher than most living New Yorkers can remember, Irene dealt a heavy blow to farms. Hector Tejada, the man behind Conuco Farm on Springtown Road, watched just about everything he had planted for fall float away in the storm. “My farm was washed out completely,” the farmer said. “Six months of my season was gone.”

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