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Garden hopes to grow again: storm aftermath in Panhandle

Green Wolf Vertical Farm saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm. (Source: KFDA) Green Wolf Vertical Farm saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm. (Source: KFDA)
Green Wolf Vertical Farm saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm. (Source: KFDA) Green Wolf Vertical Farm saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm. (Source: KFDA)
Green Wolf Vertical Farm saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm. (Source: KFDA) Green Wolf Vertical Farm saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm. (Source: KFDA)
PANHANDLE, TX (KFDA) -

Green Wolf Vertical Farm, a business in Panhandle that provides locally grown greens to people and high-end restaurants in the area, saw its entire garden destroyed from Tuesday's severe hail storm.

Green Wolf Vertical Farm says they don't grow everyday crops but grow a variety of specialty crops that were all destroyed.

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"When it stopped, I came out and my heart just sank," said Marre Seleska, owner of Green Wolf Vertical Farm. "I didn't know whether I wanted to cry or be sick. It just, there was so much devastation. It hadn't been twelve hours previous that it was lush and growing."

Seleska said the loss of the garden totals about $60,000 which directly affects her livelihood. 

She sells to area restaurants like Yellow City Street Food, Six Car Pub and Barrel and Pie.

"For the restaurants, I have an amazing group of chefs who I work with who understand," said Seleska. "They want to buy local and they understand how this happens."

The farm also serves residents in a community supported agriculture program in Pampa and that's now on hold.

"They know that I care about them. I will do what I need to do to get something some type of vegetable over to them," said Seleska. "I told them this morning that even if it's just lettuce, I'll get it over to them."

As for the future of the farm, this severe storm is bringing about some changes.

"After seeing this devastation, we'll be growing in under what's called a caterpillar tunnel and it's much like a regular greenhouse," said Seleska. "It just doesn't have the solid ends so that we can roll it back."

Terry Coffee, the city manager of Panhandle, said city hall had a window broken and a police car lost a side mirror and light bar. 

He says he's heard from residents in the area about damage.

"A lot of windows, a lot of siding, a lot of roofs. It looks like a roof contractor convention here today in Panhandle," said Coffee.

The city manager wants residents to be aware of companies who could take advantage of their need for repairs from this damage.

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