February 14, 2017 – Heavy rain, wind and flash flooding has severely damaged several organic farms in Hollister and is causing trouble for farmers throughout the Monterey Bay area.
Heirloom Organic Gardens, Catalán Family Farms and California Kurobuta—all located near Pacheco Creek—are among the hardest hit.
“There was water 1,000 feet wide covering our farm in January and then 800 feet wide again last week,” says Jack Kimmich of California Kurobuta—a pig farm profiled in the winter issue of EMB. Click here for story.
“About 70% of our fencing and 125 tons of feed and feed troughs were carried away by the floods,” he said of the first round in January. “The funny thing is lots of pigs went to high ground and slept right through it.”
But he and his … Read More