Farmers in Redding thankful for rain

Feb 8, 2015 7:53 PM by Charlene Cheng

The ongoing drought has brought on trying times for local farmers.

Mary Ocasion and her husband Albert own Churn Creek Meadow Organic Farm in Redding.

They raise livestock and grow a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Caring for them in the wintertime takes more than just water.

"It takes resources. It takes electricity. It takes time to see how long you're watering, and all those can be used for different things this time of year," Ocasion said.

About 100 boxes full of produce go out to customers weekly, but with the lack of rain, there's a lack of product.

Mother Nature often wields a double-edged sword.

According to Ocasion, the sudden showers are a mixed blessing.

"It's going to be difficult for us to get out and work our soil. The tractor's not going to be able to till the ground and do that for awhile. We're going to have to dry out a little bit," she said.

But at the end of the day, this is exactly what the North State needs.

"There's always positives and negatives, but the overall thing for this rain is absolutely positive," Ocasion said.


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