Under Attack

Nathan Wild
Two deer who live in our back field have been sneaking into our garden under the cover of night and sampling our zucchini, beans, baby sunflowers and tomato plants. I can’t really blame them though. We are growing food after all.

Deer are of course just one of many animals that like to dine in a farmer’s field. There are also rodents, birds and bears. Don’t forget about the bugs too. Like the aphids, root maggots, cabbage moths, slugs and wire worms - just to name a few. Oh, and then there are the viruses, fungal diseases and bacteria, such as powdery mildew, bacterial wilt and blight.

It's truly a miracle that we’re able to grow anything at all.

It's something I feel people don't think about much when they think of farming- you're constantly under attack.