Tuesday's hard freeze will bring more bad news to the already devastated South Plains Food Bank Grub Farm. Since planting began weeks ago, the sudden drops in temperatures keep killing their crops, costing them hundreds of dollars to replant.
"This is the worst year I've ever seen in over 12 years as far as freezing and then hot, freezing and then hot," said Grub Farm manager Deborah Cline. "Our plants are flowering and then being froze out or they end up freezing before they even have a chance to get up."
Cline says volunteers and students in their South Plains Food Bank classes just replanted this past weekend, and they'll be lucky if those seeds survive Tuesday's freeze. Losing those freshly planted crops will have them once again replanting for a fourth time – something that's unheard of to Cline.
"I've never done it. I've had floods where we've had to replant, but I've never had freezes that came in so often and at such a spacing that I've had to replant like I am this year," Cline said. "I'm looking at $500 easy just replacing what I plant from seeds. That doesn't even count the plants we put out."
For the Grub Farm $500 is no easy loss. The farm helps supply fresh vegetables and fruit to the South Plains Food Bank and to shareholders who help pay the students who work the farm in the summer. With the added expenditures of replanting, their whole fruit crop expected to be ruined and a total loss of 85% of their crops, the Grub Farm is now asking for the public's help.
The Grub Farm welcomes any volunteers to help replant and repair the windblown fields. She also says monetary donations and any extra seeds are appreciated.
If you would like to help the Grub Farm you can call (806) 763-3003.
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