Greetings from soggy New York!
We hope your crops are doing well, and that the weeds are not.
Unfortunately, here in New York we're living under constant rain clouds,
it is now officially the wettest Spring on record ever, we have had
nearly 7 weeks of almost constant rain, and many farmers, not just us
organic ones, are feeling downright wild, depressed and discouraged, with
the severity of depression directly related to size of mortgage.
For this reason, for our next OCIA chapter newsletter we're planning a
feature on "what you can do when the rain just doesn't quit." Of course,
this is difficult and no one has good answers, but are there any
sustainable/organic farmers out there who have unique or creative
approaches or practical ideas, for dealing with horrible weather? We'd
be most interested in fairly large scale solutions (umbrellas over the
fields don't count), we're mostly crop farmers, but anything that is
creative, funny or even practical would be appreciated.
We're also looking for some good funny rainy farmer jokes or stories
(suitable for family entertainment), humorous
dealing-with-the-banker-during-bad-weather jokes, even drought jokes
would be appreciated, or, more serious pertinent inspiration pieces,
anything to keep us going and still smiling under such adverse
We appreciate all of your help! Mary-Howell Martens
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