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© 2005-2012 John Deitz
|Not all is bliss in Brookhaven Hamlet.
Like many communities on Long Island, deer have become a problem.
These giant rats are a hazard on our roads and destroy our gardens and
vegetation. They are a host for the deer tick which transmits Lyme
disease. Since hunting has been largely prohibited in populated
areas, and dogs no longer are allowed to run loose and pack, they have no enemies. These
deer were seen in a yard along Beaverdam Rd. I often see them in
my own little back-yard, munching on hosta and other succulent flowers
in my garden. (You may have to click on the picture to
Encounters with deer are unnerving,
and, as I'm sure you know, can do much damage to vehicles. We have hit deer twice
in the last 10 years. In one case, more correctly, the deer hit
us. We had come to a crawl, and the deer still ran headlong into
the side of the car, doing considerable damage. In the other case,
it was a glancing blow, and the deer ran off into the wood, probably to
later die. Little seems to be being done about this menace,
I suppose because of a nambi-bambi attitude about the "cute little
critters." (Again, you may need to click on the picture to
clearly see the deer.)
|Hamlet Organic Garden is a local Community
Supported Agriculture project. The Garden has been growing
produce on a 5-acre certified organic field for about 8 years (a/o Oct.
2002). There are over 1000 CSA's nationally. For
web site. The farm is behind
the houses across the street from our house; the entrance is from
This picture is of their Fall Festival in 2002, and shows their barn.
Picture] - [Ann