We just heard the news that Hank Delvin, patriarch of the Delvin Farms CSA family was seriously injured in an accident early Saturday morning on the way to make his delivery to the Franklin Market. Another driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and struck Hank's truck, requiring him to be cut out of the wreckage and Life Flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital. Hank suffered three broken ribs, a fractured neck, broken left leg, knee and hip and has already undergone a major surgery with more scheduled.
Luckily he is alert and on the mend. His family says that his spirits are being lifted by the well wishes of the members of the Delvin collective. According to his daughter Amy:
We eased his worries with stories of our customers, farm crew, friends and family who pitched in and took care of every detail on Saturday. With the help of friends and farm crew, dad's truck (which had been towed to the farm) was unloaded of produce and the CSA shares placed in the warehouse. An email was sent to the CSA members to pick up their shares on the farm. Word was spread around the market and "get well" posters were made by my friend, Hannah, who stayed all day with friend and CSA member Dale, to inform customers of the accident. We are so thankful and humbled by everyone's support and prayers, which have obviously worked. Dad has a long road ahead of him and will most likely be in the hospital for many months, but he is alive, and broken bones will heal. Thank you thank you for your prayers!!
It reminds us that Community Supported Agriculture is more than just a cheap way to buy fresh vegetables. It really is about developing a relationship with the people who grow your food and share your dedication to local agriculture. We here at Bites wish Hank a speedy recovery and promise never to complain again about the mountain of kale in our bushels. At least until next spring.