We had just begun to pull it all back together at the farms following a wave of summer plagues — aphids, nematodes, possums, cabbage borers, heat, humidity — when Harvey arrived and provided the final coup de grace.

The farm at N & 33rd was pretty much flooded (at right) and papaya trees uprooted (see our crazy attempt to stand them upright again in the opening photo) while high water with extra-ordinary current surged through the new Market Street Community Garden, right across from the American National building, upending newly built and planted beds. It was just one more blow to the dedicated gardeners who had moved there once the land beneath Deborah’s Community Garden on Postoffice was sold in June.