Christian Kimber of 3 Crows Farms

Christian Kimber of 3 Crows Farms

Farm still thriving in drought conditions

The warm weather sped up the harvest at 3 Crows Farm in Cranbrook, according to operator Christian Kimber.

Trevor Crawley

With drought conditions worsening across the province, there have been some significant consequences as water flows have been low while temperatures have been hot.

On Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and in the Okanagan, the province has implemented a Level 4 drought rating, meaning that the affected areas are considered extremely dry and that the water supply is insufficient to meet socio-economic and ecosystem needs.

Currently, the Kootenay area is classified as Level 3, meaning that conditions are considered very dry and that potentially serious ecosystem or socio-economic impacts are possible.

Some municipalities, such as Cranbrook, have implemented voluntary watering restrictions for parks and public greenspaces. For businesses, such as local farms and greenhouses, watering is an essential part of their operation.

However, despite some of the dry conditions, it’s been a pretty good year for one local farm.

In fact, the warm weather sped up the harvest at 3 Crows Farm in Cranbrook, according to operator Christian Kimber.

“It’s been a good season, everything has been ahead of schedule,” said Kimber. “It started so early and so hot that some plants were ahead and it was wonderful. Other plants like spinach would bolt super-fast and we had a really lousy harvest on them.”

“…Stuff was accelerated. Stuff in June was behaving like it was the end of July and that kind of confused us.”

At the farm, Kimber grows seasonal produce such as lettuce, beets, broccoli, garlic, onions, kale, chard, potoatoes, mesclun mix, pea, arugula, carrots, kholrabi, and rhubarb.

Though Kimber said the weather hasn’t had much of an impact on the crops themselves, there have been other challenges that he has never seen before such as aggressive grasshoppers and dealing with a small downy mildew outbreak.

In terms of watering, Kimber believes the farm is using less water than last year because of different techniques with drip irrigation and a new mulch.

“We’re able to stay within all of the city regs and still produce a really good-quality product,” Kimber said.

“We spend a bit more time hand-watering a few things like new seedlings and—because we do a lot of transplanting, the heat and the drought has affected germination and how well seedlings survive, but overall we’re finding that a lot of crops are doing really well.

“…the city hasn’t imposed any extra watering restrictions, it’s the same restrictions we’ve always worked around and we’ve been able to stay with in that.”

You can catch Kimber and produce from 3 Crows Farms at the Cranbrook and Kimberley Farmers Market.

Just Posted

The City of Cranbrook and the Ktunaxa Nation raised the flag of the Ktunaxa Nation at the arches entrance into the city's downtown core during a ceremony on Monday, June 21. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Ktunaxa Nation flag raised at downtown arches entrance

The Ktunaxa Nation flag was raised at the Cranbrook arches — the… Continue reading

Kimberley Search and Rescue were able to quickly respond to a call for service and transport an injured mountain biker to East Kootenay Regional Hospital over the weekend. Kimberley SAR file photo.
Kimberley Search and Rescue respond to injured mountain biker on Bootleg Mountain

Kimberley Search and Rescue responded to a call for service this past… Continue reading

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

City of Cranbrook, Ktunaxa Nation to host flag ceremony on National Indigenous Peoples Day. (Corey Bullock file)
City of Cranbrook, Ktunaxa Nation hosting flag ceremony on National Indigenous Peoples Day

A temporary road closure and speed limit reduction will be in effect during the ceremony

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

One Reconciliation Pole and two Welcome Figures were unveiled during a ceremony in honour of truth and reconciliation on National Peoples Indigenous Day at the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, June 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Horgan marks Indigenous Peoples Day by urging recognition of systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked in Canada since 1996

A man makes his way past signage to a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as more 2nd doses open up

Doctos urge people not to hesitate if offered Moderna after getting Pfizer for their first shot

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference in Ottawa on June 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Defence committee rises without report on Vance allegations

Committee had been investigating the government’s handling of complaints against former defence chief

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Coquihalla to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation is providing $1 million in funding to upgrade 3 rest areas

An example of the timber blowdown that let to the logging at Mountain Station. Photo: Anderson Creek Timber
Timber company logging near Nelson raises local concerns

Anderson Creek Timber owns 600 hectares of forest adjacent to the city

The Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Monday morning. (Theresa May Jack/Facebook)
Two churches on First Nation land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Most Read