Homer runs Sunnyside Farm, a pasture based farm in south central PA. This is the farm blog, written by the farmer's wife, Dru.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
While making dinner a couple week s ago I smelled an odd smell. On investigation, discovered a thin wisp of smoke from between the inside and outside wall of the mud room. I called Homer in, and in the short time it took for him to get in the house smoke was pouring out of the wall! Then flames! A couple of calls to 911..the first "maybe our house has a fire", the second "HELP THERE ARE REAL FLAMES NOW" and our local all volunteer fire department arrived and extinguished. But the smoke damage was extensive enough to require smoke remediation and lots of work crews in the house. Almost done now, but we both have a new found respect for how quickly a fire can grow and take out a house. The fire only affected a small corner of the mud room, but the smoke coated the entire interior of our house. And the firefighters told us the smoke is what usually kills people. Happy we made it out alive and with damage to our property fairly easily corrected. It could have been much worse.
I am the lucky woman who gets to be the farmer's wife to Homer Walden, the hardworking, creative and innovative force behind Sunnyside Farm. The farm is a pasture based intensive grazed farm in Dover, PA. We grow heirloom, open pollinated vegetables, chicken, eggs from heritage breed chickens, beef, heirloom breed turkeys for Thanksgiving and pork with no commercial feed, honey, eggs, Buff ducks. And the occasional flower or 2.