After surviving the COVID lockdown and adjusting to two years of a new normal, we have been clinging to life by sheer determination and the goodwill of our customers and community. To add insult to injury we survived the worst drought the central coast has ever seen. So we hoped for rain and rain it did. And how! After two weeks of non-stop rain and "atmospheric rivers", The actual river we farm along, the Pajaro, has overrun its banks flooding our fields with five feet of moving water. The damage is catastrophic, washing away the majority of our production and destroying our equipment and our field. Like a train wreck in slow motion, we stood by and watched helplessly as the river rose and rose, and finally ran into our field; slowly at first and it just kept coming and coming. In 35 years we have never seen so much water running through our land. Not only have we lost the majority of our current production, but our Spring transplants are aging in our greenhouses with nowhere to plant them, as it will take months before the field can be worked. To make matters worse, our dedicated harvest and packing crews are looking at losing their jobs after years, and in many cases decades.
So now we turn to you, our loyal customers and communities that we have served for so many years. Organic vegetable farming is no mean feat. We knew that when we started this journey 35 years ago. We've had our good years and bad years, and consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to hang on for so long. Never have we had an easy time of it, but we have been able to roll with the punches that mother nature has thrown at us...until now. We are fortunate to live and work in a community of dedicated and appreciative customers who cherish what we do and the products we grow. If it weren't for you we would have probably thrown in the towel five years or so ago. We are continually encouraged by the unending compliments and thankfulness of our long-time dedicated customers. We thank you and we love you. We are grateful for the support and dedication you have shown us throughout the years. So now we are asking for your help so we can continue to provide food for you, your family and our families. We are asking you to dig a little deeper and keep our farm alive so that we can be there for you when you need us most. Please consider making a donation and please share this with your friends.
Thanks in advance!
The crew at Happy Boy Farms