‘It’s an emergency situation, it’s a disaster situation,’ farmer says
CBC News Posted: Jul 12, 2012 8:47 PM ET
Volunteers are helping an organic, family-run farm in Cobden, Ont., try to save its season as drought conditions worsen in the region.
“It’s not a good situation right now,” said Kylah Dobson. “It’s an emergency situation, it’s a disaster situation.”
Dobson’s family has maintained their 80 hectares of farmland at Rainbow Heritage Garden for six generations, and she and her husband dug their first irrigation pond last year.
“Luckily we made that decision last fall. It was good timing for this year because now we’re in a drought that we haven’t seen since 1965,” Dobson said. “This is the worst drought.”
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And after hearing reports that no significant rainfalls are expected until around Labour Day, the couple decided to double the pond’s size. Dobson said they’ve hired an excavator to come in “right away.”