The vermin are harming the farming

This season….

 

I’ve tried to stay on the sunny side,

 but there’s an underside:

 The vermin are harming the farming.

 

I’ve tried to keep it light,

but it’s gotten heavy:

The vermin are harming the farming.

 

This has been my greatest challenge growing food in 2014.

 

In 2014 we’ve had crop damage, by deer, unlike any we’ve ever seen. The deer pressure has mounted exponentially into this fall. None of our long-term, nor short-term, deterrents have worked (even well enough). Whereas our efforts to keep the deer out HAVE worked in the past (not perfectly, mind you; but well enough, YES).

The devastation of our field crops has become unmanageable.

I am certainly looking for some brainstorming on this. Both in regards to the deer, and to the solution.

 

I am needing us to put our heads together on this one.

putting our heads together

I’m calling on our community.

 

Crops outdoors unharmed by vermin:

garlic, parsley, basil, dill, cilantro

 

Crops outdoors harmed by vermin:

spinach, salad mix, stir-fry mix, head lettuce, broccoli, chard, kale, collard, radishes, snow & sugar-snap peas, edamame, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, chinese and storage cabbage, kohlrabi, beets, winter squash & sunflowers.

 

Many of the crops listed have been limited by the deer damage. We’ve harvested less than our potential. Some have been absent from your CSA harvest, because the deer ate them all. Especially as we’ve come into fall.

 

Where’s the beef?

 

toscano, "dyno" (dinosaur), lacinato kale

"juvie" swiss chard June 2013beets and beets and more good beetsbroccoli October 2012

baby chard

aug 2013 sunnies red loose leaf head lettuce june 2013 green loose leaf lettuce June 2013 swiss chard   DSCN4610 carrts 2014

When I look at this in 20/20 retrospect, I pull my hair out by the roots.

 

 Year after year we’ve had great and wide harvests (though not perfect, mind you). Turns out, this has been literally impossible this season. The deer have been uncontrollable.

 

We cannot go through this level of crop loss again. I would estimate we were initially planting, irrigating, and cultivating 1.5 times as much as our harvests. Later in the season we approached 2x the effort per harvest. And, worse, total losses.

The total losses are after every effort, all time, all money have been put into the growing of these crops….. and then zero harvest.

 

This is unbearable. We cannot go through this again.

We can find a solution.

 

Though we will need your help, please.

I am certainly looking for some brainstorming on this: the deer problem, the deer solution, and how to “Get It Done” ( for example, communicating well with our CSA shareholders, proposals, potentially crowd-sourcing, Kick-starting, etc.) I’d appreciate any and all input you might have.

 

Likely this will include a Kickstarter-like Fundraising campaign,

likely

 

For a big fence!

 

I’ll re-address this at later dates too.

 

thank you!

Thank you for any and all input.

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