BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A Branford farm has been in business in Connecticut for more than 130 years. Now the farm's owner says his business could close if a local land trust doesn't take action.
The Branford Land Trust removed a berm that protected the land from the water and the farmer says now soil with saltwater is killing crops.
Saltwater saturates and seeps into the ground at Medlyn's Farm in Branford.
"This is a piece of wasteland now," said Jay Medlyn, Medlyn's Farm.
It wasn't always like that.
For years, farm owner Jay Medlyn grew pumpkins and other crops by the bushel. He says things took a turn last year, when the berm in the Branford land trust's Washburn Preserver was removed.
It was replaced with a foot bridge, unable to keep water from the sound away from the land. And it was no match for Superstorm Sandy.
"The water came in with such a force, there's nothing to protect us anymore," said Medlyn.
The water is calm but at high tide waves wash up and over the bridge.
"I don't have a problem with the foot bridge and that, I want a new wall to protect this and stop the water from coming in my fields and destroying my crops," said Medlyn.
The corn grew this season. In a good year, the stalks would be twice as high than they are now. And the ears weren't much better and Medlyn blames all of this on the saltwater.
The harvest is down 50 % this year, and Medlyn says he has lost more than $20,000.
"It gets more difficult every year and the salt content on those fields, are they even going to germinate next year," said Medlyn.
News 8 spoke with a representative from the Branford Land Trust by phone. He said he cannot speak for the organization as a whole but he did say that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is looking into the problem and that the land trust will cooperate.
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