KENT CITY, Mich. (WZZM) -- The steady barrage of Friday's slow-moving rain, added a gleam of green to land plagued by the ongoing drought. For farmers, any bit of moisture is welcomed with open arms.
At Earthkepper Farms in Kent City, the Bostwicks have been countering the drought by installing drip lines, and remaining vigilant in the face of triple-digit temperatures. Friday's inch of precipitation is a start in the right direction.
"Now that we've got this rain, we've probably got an inch and a half this week, and it's really, really helped," says Rachelle Bostwick, co-owner of Earthkeeper Farms in Kent City. "Crops are producing again, cucumbers are coming on, tomatoes are flourishing. It's going really well, [the rain] has definitely helped us out."
The drought has made it a tough season to be a farmer. Many smaller operations like Earthkeeper Farms do not possess crop insurance.
"I think it's a good lesson, the climate is shifting, so we all have to start being aware of that, and adapting growing styles on a smaller scale," says Bostwick. "With the rains that we've had, things are coming back, and I think we're going to be fine.. cross your fingers."