WATCH: Urban Roots Farm floods under Boggy Creek

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IMG_7936Farmers can’t farm without rain, but too much of it is causing just as many problems.

I’m still gathering reports from area farmers on how their fields are faring after the Memorial Day deluge, but this morning, I went out to Urban Roots Farm, just east of U.S. 183 and north of the Colorado River, to see how they were recovering after Boggy Creek flooded yesterday and overwhelmed their fields.

At the lowest point in the fields, the creek rose eight feet above the crops, and though the water had receded by Tuesday morning, workers and volunteers were trying to harvest as many leeks, potatoes and onions as they could before they started to rot in the ground. Farm manager Lea Scott said that the floods didn’t cause any permanent damage to the greenhouses or structures, but they could lose hundreds of pounds of food if they can’t get it out of the ground. UPDATE: So far today, the Urban Roots crew and volunteers have harvested 1600 pounds of produce, which will be donated to local charities.

IMG_7943It’s a similar story over at Green Gate Farm, which posted on Facebook that though the tornado missed them, their fields were swamped. (And the animals weren’t too happy about all this rain, either.)

Tecolote Farm posted Instagram videos this morning of their animals happy to see glimpses of the sun.

Up the stream from Urban Roots, Boggy Creek Farm had a flooded cooler and some flooded fields, but they have still been able to harvest some produce between the rainstorms, including sweet corn.

Around the corner from Boggy Creek, the flood-prone HausBar Farm had some standing water, but after losing dozens of bunnies during past storms, they have built up their rabbit coops off the ground to avoid a similar loss.

Johnson’s Backyard Garden had already written about its struggle with the mud, and today, owner Brenton Johnson focused on the positive side of things. “I have my rose-colored glasses on. I can’t see anything but good,” he said.

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