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Franklin County farmers send hay to damaged farm downstate

October 29, 2011
By PETER CROWLEY - Managing Editor ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Donated hay from Franklin County was delivered Friday to the VanAller Farm in Middleburgh, which lost much of its hay and feed during Hurricane Irene and had parts of its barn destroyed as well.

A tractor-trailer load of about 600 square bales was delivered to the VanAller Farm Friday, and 50 round bales are expected to be sent sometime next week. Eighteen farmers donated square bales of hay, and about 15 donated round bales.

Franklin County had more than 33 people help pull this off, according to Jane Robinson of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District, based in Malone. The truck that delivered the hay is owned by Kim Richey of White Stone Farm in Chateaugay.

Article Photos

Randy Ooms tosses his hay into a tractor-trailer Friday that took it to the VanAller Farm in Middleburgh, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irene.
(Photo — Jane Robinson)

"The southern area (of New York) helped us a lot during the ice storm (of 1998)," Robinson told the Enterprise Friday. "We just wanted to make sure we could give back."



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