Many think that organic farmers like us live an idyllic life, watching over sheep in fields at sunset and waxing poetic about whole grains and our stewardship of earth. Although we have done these things, this week certainly didn’t give us moments of ponder and relaxation. Instead, I was thinking that this may have been one of the most stressful weeks of farming ever.
A few overlapping projects and circumstances came together to make this a week to remember. The primary stress was the weather, as I’m sure you may have experienced yourself. We received hail not once, but twice this week,, both Monday and Thursday. The biggest issue, however, was the 4 inches of rain which poured out of the sky in two hours. Thursday morning I woke up at 3:30 to close up the high tunnel so it didn’t blow away, spent an hour sopping up water in the basement with a sponge, pulled the battery on our van since it rained so much in the open windows that the horn was stuck in the “on” position, and saw that the north wall of the barn collapsed on my way out to my dayjob at seven. Whoa!
The rain also bowed out the bottom of the greenhouse we’re constructing and put a small lake in our front field, putting under water the carrots we planned on harvesting and once again drowned the potatoes which should have gone in the box this week. This all happened under the backdrop of starting delivery to the new food hub in Fergus Falls on Wednesday, getting a new batch of chicks, all the usual harvesting and produce orders, and greenhouse construction in our spare time (which this week entailed a form a prison labor shoveling rock).
Man, I’m getting tired, but at least this espresso is kicking in and the sun is shining. I know it’s going to be alright and we’ll press right on through these challenges, the farm season, and all our projects just fine.