"There is a light at the end of the tunnel — there is hope for farmers to get back. It's devastating, (but) as horrible as it is, we're resilient ... and we'll be back farming," said Jeff Spitters as he fixes his Abbotsford farm following devastating floods.
Cover crops and other key practices in organic, regenerative, and agroecological farming also help farms weather the climate crisis. In addition to keeping soils stable during floods, they protect the ground from extreme heat, which can kill important microbial ecosystems, and help retain moisture during dry spells.
"It's been pretty nice this time around," said Kootenay Co-op general manager Ari Derfel. "We've been living in a year of emergencies and this time — seeing people just come in and get what they need and not freaking out — it's been kinda calming."