Beans and Corn and Rain
In early February of this year, before COVID-19 fully sunk us into a world of uncertainty and quarantine, we had the hardest hitting flood on Griffin Creek we have seen in our 25 years. It deluged the barn, greenhouses and wash station and deposited tremendous amounts of sand and gravel under several feet of water. Unfortunately, this deposit changed the flow of the creek into our fields in yet another ongoing problematic way. We have, over the last two years, installed extensive drainpipe in our fields to alleviate the normal winter flooding so that water can travel quicker into the Snoqualmie River and linger less on our fields.
Now, our water problems stem from Griffin Creek not properly flowing into the river, and any time a medium-to-heavy rain comes, our bottom fields become a pond. Last week, we finally planted beans and corn in these fields only to see them today saturated in a lake, and it is quite frustrating. Now, it becomes a journey with the county to try and get help in protecting our ag land and restoring habitat for the salmon and many other water species.
On a more positive note, the longest days of the year have arrived, and we relish every ounce of daylight, even in the midst of rainy 60-degree weather. The thought of upper nineties and sun does not exist in this region too often, and certainly never in June, which for our irrigation purposes is just fine. The cool, misty mornings and breezy nights have made all the colors and fragrances comforting—rose petals, luscious strawberries, rhubarb, radishes, lettuces, chives, morels—all so delectable.
Many thanks again for all of your member support and commitment to healthy food and healthy environment.
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