The Unromantic Side of Farming

June went out with a crash and lots of wind.  We, along with many others, were hit with a wind storm on Friday night.  It was suppose to be a bad thunderstorm, but I’d call it a wind storm.

Tree next to our house

The wind picked up at 9pm and came to a head around 11pm, although it kept blowing the rest of the night.  What it left was a mixture of chaos, death and debris strewn around.


Broilers were everywhere!







The power went out shortly after the wind started, but we now have it back, unlike many places between here and Indiana.

Barn side pushed in

The only deaths here were some chickens, but please keep in your thoughts and prayers the families of those lives that were lost.

The girls are still doing their job

We have a lot of cleaning up to do, but soon all will be back to normal.  Hope you all are safe.  Have a blessed day!

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

10 Responses to The Unromantic Side of Farming

  1. Tonia says:

    So sorry about all the damage.. You all look so green compared to us here in Missouri.. We have had very little rain this year and its getting to the point of drought. Praying for rain here..

  2. EllaJac says:

    Oh my gosh.. I hope the farm recovers quickly and that the losses aren’t catastrophic. I had a chicken pen roll and bounce itself into pieces this year, but nothing like what happened to you!

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with those who lost family members for sure. Love your can do, pick it up attitude. Inspiring….

  4. We’re so thankful that greater harm wasn’t done to you and yours at Polyface, though goodness knows, it’s bad enough. Our thoughts and prayers go out for all who have suffered tragedy from this storm.

  5. Leilani says:

    Keeping all affected by this storm in our thoughts and prayers it looks like you guys got the wind version of the rain we got. Many have lost everything here in Florida due to the flooding. The shear volume we got in a such a short period was incredible, very much like your wind storm, all of a sudden and devastating.

    The adaptiveness of the animals is amazing. The picture of the hens laying eggs in the torn up egg mobile is a heartening sign that life goes on.

  6. Jill says:

    So sorry to see all the damage! Our prayers will be with you and all those who lost homes and loved ones. Here in Michigan we desperately need rain…hasn’t rained in our area in several weeks. But I would prefer it didn’t come in the form of storms like those…

  7. Erin Phelan says:

    Thanks everyone!

  8. cindy yates says:

    thank you so much for the beauty and information youve sent my way. :))

  9. audio design says:

    This is definitely an unromantic side of farming. The thunderstorm really did a big loss for the farmers .

  10. audio design says:

    Farming is very interesting task but when a farmer has to face natural activities like wind storm or thunder storms, then the farming becomes very unromantic.