It’s no secret or surprise that this season has been a soggy mess. It’s actually raining (again) as I write this and while it may be good for plants that have been using sunny days to catch up, it’s still a bit of a bummer.
This year’s less-than-friendly weather was well-covered by the media. The story of farm flooding has been noted on TV, in newspapers, and across social media. While there are impacts of the environment on agriculture every year, the public has taken more notice this time.
Agriculture does not exist in a vacuum so communities are aware of what may affect their neighbouring farmer. When running errands I found myself chatting with local business owners and employees and the conversation turned to the farms. Their questions and comments surprised me.
“How are they doing?”
“Are they going to be okay? I’m worried for them.”
“I watch the news, and then see the forecast and just want to cry.”
Their concerns weren’t about how the wet weather will raise food prices or if their trip to the grocery store will be impacted as the news reports discussed. The community was anxious about the farmers’ well-being and mental health. In a world where every move is analyzed and influences dissected, knowing that people care about their neighbours brings a bit of sunshine in an otherwise rainy forecast.