Through the extreme heat and drought in July, Ravine Creek’s farm team started early in the day, and managed to get the winter crops in the ground without too much loss. “Seedlings are super vulnerable to heat and moisture, but we managed to establish our winter crops. Mature plants have more resilience to the dry conditions once they are established,” says Eric.
“The smoke has been the most oppressive issue that our farm team has faced, and has impacted our productivity more than other farm and weather challenges. The unrelenting need to problem solve this season has been exhausting,” says Alys.
Ravine Creek has a strong customer base with a weekly community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, farmgate sales and regular shoppers at the Nelson Farmers’ Market.