Our Central Texas farmers need our help now more than ever during this month of devastating weather. While farming in the fertile river bottoms normally brings beautiful vegetables and provides lush grasses for the animals, incessant rain brings flooding that washes away crops, infrastructure and topsoil. Little sunlight delays development of crops. (photo above courtesy of Bernhardts Farm, Alex surveying the total loss of their spring crops, now under water)
Thunderstorms, high winds, hail, and even tornadoes have rolled over our Central Texas farmland over the last couple months resulting in reduced yields for some and damaged farm buildings and livestock losses for others. Central Texas farms’ production is projected to be 30-60 percent lower than expected for June and July.
Texas Farmers’ Market offers small micro grants to its Association members to assist with losses from extreme weather. Hard-hit crops include peaches, blackberries, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, radishes and even usually lush tomatoes hang split and stunted on vines. Farm animals have drowned or have little grass left to eat. If the crops are not totally lost, pockmarked leaves pummeled by hail and crops blighted by fungus and mold leaves a product less visually appealing to consumers.
Here’s an on-going list of some of the massive damage we’ve seen from TFM farmers and producers:
Farming is a gamble; every grower acknowledges that. And where one crop fails, another often succeeds beyond expectations. Those are the risks you take, but this kind of widespread devastation requires help from the community. Please donate to the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund now to help farmers get back on dry land and keep growing the food our community relies on.