The recent rains are on all of our minds right now. People are worried about wet basements, flooding rivers and gardens that have yet to be planted. We are also struggling with the rains on the farm and wanted to give you a quick look at what is going on here. We're dealing with it. But, sometimes, the sharing of a story is both therapeutic and educational. So, we'll take a moment to give you some observations as to what is happening on the farm.
We didn't get to other pictures, but we have more stories that fall into the "I never thought THAT would happen" category.
Our high tunnel is essentially an artificial desert environment. The pathways are always dry and only the places we water with drip irrigation get wet. Apparently, this offended the storms enough that they rained hard enough to cause waves of water to roll down our lawn and through the high tunnel from East to West.
An acquaintance a couple of miles to our East installed a couple of ponds on his property with berms that might even exceed the recommended height to hold back water during heavy rains. Each of his ponds overflowed in this rain. As we discussed this with him all any of us could do was shrug and admit that nature has her way when she wants it. But, it is still up to us to find ways to work with nature where our efforts do less harm than is currently the case (yes, that is the collective "we" and it does include our farm).
One of our workers is trying to do some horticultural farming on land by Dumont. He reported that the beds he had planted and put plastic mulch on were destroyed by the torrential rains. What a quick way to literally and figuratively dampen someone's spirits as they try to do the very thing they really wanted to do for a living.
We hope the next week or two is dry. It will take at least one week for our fields to dry up enough to work. We know there are people who are worried about flooding. There are many frightened and worried people in Iowa right now and we must be prepared to provide support to each other. And, once we get through this, we need to remember. And, in remembering, maybe we can make some changes that help reduce the pain weather extremes can cause.