What’s been going on!
What glorious weather after such a tremendous storm! We ended up with 5 inches of rain but it did mostly come down in a steady fashion and so my fears of having just opened nearly 2 acres of ground to have it wash away were generally unfounded. We had just a tiny bit of washing in one field but it seems that most of the water soaked in. The Haw River did back up into the bottom field and we had to pull the irrigation pump. The “green” lining to the storm clouds is that the cover crops are coming up beautifully!
Our thoughts go out to the folks caught in historic flooding east of Raleigh. Daily we see pictures of friend’s farms under water and can only think of the huge work ahead of them to clean up. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) research farm down in Goldsboro is on the Neuse River and they are having to take people in by boat to the livestock facilities to milk cows and help with the calving season. The NC Forest service is flying hay in to feed those same animals. Heroic work for sure, we just wish other farmers down there had the same resources too.
Having been through several disasters ourselves we know that people will get through this too but each one takes a chunk out of your psyche. The only thing you can do is keep moving forward. To that end we are continuing with our fall and winter preparations and planting. Cleaning up the season’s remains, readying the little tunnels for cold weather, even seeding some crops for next spring and reveling in the beautiful days.
Picture of the Week
Early morning, Big Tops uncovered and the pepper field still producing
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