Vegetable farmers Ryan Wood Beauchamp and Kara Fitzgerald, both 27, are among those trying to start over — after Irene scoured 6 acres of their 10-acre Evening Song Farm in Shrewsbury, Vt., down to the bedrock.
They are now growing 4 acres of vegetables on land they're renting from a friend and intend to buy.
"It's literally what we put all of our energy into leading up to that point," Fitzgerald said. "And it's pretty overwhelming to violently lose the thing that you put all your energy into."
Walsh reported from Albany, N.Y. Associated Press reporter Michael Hill in Albany contributed to this report.