If you follow our farm or other farms like ours on social media, it isn't all that often that you see any of us reporting daily struggles. Instead, you'll see a nice picture of a garlic harvest. Or a field that was weedy, but has now been weeded. Or smiling workers achieving something of worth on the farm. We all figure you don't want or need to hear about day-in/day-out struggles - so we tend not to share them.
The exceptions to this rule:
1. A major disaster that needs to be shared in order to garner needed support
2. An issue that we can put a humorous twist on so it doesn't really seem like a negative after all
3. We feel like there is an worthwhile educational component, which often makes it all seem a little less personal and therefore less painful
4. Anything to do with the weather.
|Change of plans, let's not go take farm pictures.|
|Instead, let's dash and close up the high tunnels!|
|One of the scariest weather events this farmer has been in... ever.|
|Yes, that's us in the Flash Flood Warning reddish box in NE Bremer County|
|Jocelyn says, "Hey! It's raining at the farm..."|
|Nope, we can't weed in that field today.|
So - what happens? It rains. And it rains. And it rains. Sumner (to our East) is still trying to clean up from the flooding. And as a side note, this is actually the second rain event this Summer that flooded Sumner's streets. But, this one really did serious damage. It was just ridiculous amounts of rain.
|The final tally for rain on the farm in this event was 5.5"|
|The ditch by Valhalla filled up and overflowed.|
We returned from our break and the farm was still there. Jocelyn and Caleb are both fine. There are still some gummy spots in the fields, but it is drying out enough to do work most places. We lost our productive green bean rows in Eden (older high tunnel) due to flooding followed by excessive heat. A few other plants in that building didn't take the event all that well either. Field peppers didn't care for the wet feet and are set back as well. But, generally speaking, we'll be fine. We just won't have bumper crops of everything like we dreamed we would in January. (Remember Farmer Delusional Syndrome?)
Tammy and I actually remember a time when we were less tied to the weather. Sure, if there was tremendously extreme weather, we took note. But, if it rained three days straight, we read books (for example) and didn't really worry too much about it unless our basement flooded or some such thing. Now, a little bit of rain, or no rain, can alter much of what we plan to do on a day to day basis.
|It's enough to make our peppers make faces!|