Migliorelli Farm barn destroyed in fire
Alexandra Zissu reports in the Times Union that a fire destroyed much of the barn complex at Red Hook’s Migliorelli Farm on May 19. Firefighters from 12 local companies worked for almost nine hours to extinguish the flames that destroyed a 20,000-square-foot barn housing equipment, supplies, and hay. No one was injured, but one baby raccoon was rescued. Ken Migliorelli, the farm’s proprietor, still does not know what caused the fire. Migliorelli's uncle bought this land in 1969, but there has been a farm there for a hundred years. In 1954, the original barn on the property burnt down. A GoFundMe fundraiser set up by Katherine Hardeman, a friend’s daughter, is asking for $75,000 but has raised $86,000 as of May 22. “Most farmers are land rich and bank poor,” Migliorelli said. “You never have enough insurance to have enough. That could put you out of business itself.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.