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The Great Dust Bowl and Today

From 1931 to 1938, an unrelenting drought gripped the Great Plains. Unrestrained plowing and grazing had left the land vulnerable to high winds that blew hundreds of thousands of tons of topsoil away in what came to be known as the Dust Bowl. Crops were wiped out, farm animals died, and people were sickened and died of "dust pneumonia," the result of breathing in the dust that found its way into even well-sealed houses. Coming in the midst of the Great Depression, it triggered a migration and displacement of 2.5 million Americans.


Harold and Karen Henson, Ashville area, have brought produce to Clintonville Farmers' Market since 2004. Harold knows the history of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and can speak of his own farm's irrigation needs during this hot dry year. Though circumstances are not the same as the Dust Bowl, the irrigation facts are astonishing.
The Hensons' land sits on the Teays River aquifer with a creek and a bottom-fed pond. They also have a well. Normally, irrigation supplements rain. But this year, it was dry and hot so early in the season and dry subsoil took up any moisture. At 80 degrees, a farmer needs 1" of rain per week, but twice that is needed at 90 degrees. With nothing close to that, irrigation had to substitute at 25,000 gallons equalling 1" of water per acre.
The Hensons pumped 6 million gallons of water from their pond and creek--just to irrigate sweet corn. For melons, 650,000 gallons came through drip line. They can  pump 30,000 gallons per hour from the creek and pond with 1-3/4 gal fuel--something that would take uncountable hours of manual labor.
The Hensons set up their water management system 20 years ago. For young and new farmers, creating a system that waters crops in hot dry times is expensive, time-consuming, and of course, lots of hard work. Thank you, growers of our local food for all you do.


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Past Headlines

April 21, 2016
Kids Garden Club will return to Clintonville Farmersí Market for 2016!
September 13, 2015
Acre/ CFM Kids Garden Club Wraps Up Season
June 11, 2015
Market to Hold Benefit Concert
April 25, 2015
Farmers' Market Sprouts Saturday on High Street
January 25, 2015
Two Join CFM's All-Volunteer Board
October 7, 2014
Raffle will fund return of market's Kids' Garden Club
April 12, 2014
Opening Day - Only 2 Weeks Away!
November 22, 2013
Farmers market soon will cede to Winter Wednesdays
July 5, 2013
ThisWeek article on CRC partnership
October 10, 2013
Columbus Alive article featuring CFM
September 6, 2013
TheMetropreneur.com article on Columbus farmers' markets
September 6, 2013
Columbus Dispatch article on local flowers
February 23, 2013
Nurturing Roots
January 9, 2013
It's Time to Shop Local Again!
October 31, 2012
Interested in Joining the Board?
September 27, 2012
What's a Tomato Worth?
September 5, 2012
When Temperatures are Hot and Rain Doesn't Come...
September 4, 2012
The Farmers You Meet at Market Work Hard for Your Food!
August 9, 2012
Market Celebrates 10 Seasons
June 26, 2012
It's summer, but we're thinking about a 1st-ever winter market!
June 7, 2012
Your Farmer Knows Just When it Grows
May 16, 2012
Skilled Cheese Makers Come to Market Each Week
April 12, 2012
Food Safety, Inspections, and Producer-only
April 2, 2012
Signing up for a CSA
February 21, 2012
Market Receives Grant to Connect Farmers and Customers
December 1, 2011
2012 Season
October 26, 2011
The season is over.....Except for our "Harvest Market" Nov. 19!
June 11, 2011
Get Your Latest Market News!
May 26, 2011
Friends of Market is Just Getting Started!
April 20, 2011
News of April 30 Opening Day
November 9, 2010
See our Market's Trip to Terra Madre
October 11, 2010
Watch the Clintonville Farmers' Market Food Community Video
September 21, 2010
Trip to Terra Madre


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