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Flood inundates New Haven acreage; farmer copes with loss of most crops

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Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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GOLDEN WELL FARMER Nicole Burke, above, inspects a row of winter squash that was submerged in floodwater on July 1. Federal law forbids farmers to sell flooded produce to be sold for human or animal consumption. Burke is consulting with experts to see if any of her crops can be eaten or if they must all be composted. Below, New Haven's Golden Well Farm and Apiaries lost 80 percent of its vegetable crop when the New Haven River jumped its banks and flooded several fields on July 1. Farmer Nicole Burke stands contemplating the extent of the damage to vegetables that had been destined for the farm’s CSA, farm stand, wholesale accounts and farmers’ markets. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

Addison County residents, a rainy summer means fewer picnics or fewer dips in a favorite swimming hole. But for the county’s 800-some-odd farms, bad weather can be a make-or-break proposition.

Following days of rain, the New Haven River jumped its banks on July 1, flooding much of Golden Well Farm and Apiaries in New Haven, ruining most of its vegetable crop.

“We lost basically about 80 percent of what we had planted this year,” said Golden Well farmer Nicole Burke.

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