Images from Erik Hagstrom
Below is a statement from Ferntrust where the wind damage from the storm has left the fern industry in a real mess. Most of the growers were affected and the race is on now to replace the shade cloth that protects the fern from the direct sunlight.
David Register of Ferntrust says that the fern market was already tight and now it is sure to be tighter. With damage all around the challenge will be getting labor to repair the structures and continue to cut fern from the unaffected parts of the fernery.
These are good ole American farmers and they have seen damage before so we can expect that as you are reading this report they are diligently working to keep the fern supply coming.
“Just a quick status update as now we have lost cell phone service also. The cut foliage industry has been majorly impacted by hurricane Matthew. Many hundreds of acres of shade houses have been completely shredded and thousands of trees are down and blocking roads. Power lines are a jumbled mess laying everywhere. This storm will take lots of time and money to recover from. We are the American farmer and proud of it and will rebuild. Please have patience and understanding as we work through this life altering event. We all have our health and lord willing the strength to get through this. I ask especially of our close knit floral family to continue to support the American farmer as we strive to provide the finest foliages grown anywhere on planet earth. God bless each and everyone of you and please pray for the continued safety of your American Farmer.”
Sincerely, David W Register
Executive Vice President