US (OR): Greenhouses suffer damages in snowstorm

Last month's snowstorm dropped a foot of snow on the Willamette Valley causing some problems for farmers. "When you get to that kind of eight inches and up, that's a big warning sign for some of these greenhouses," says Food For Lane County Youth Farm Coordinator Ted Purdy.

But Purdy says one tool was essential to the survival of greenhouses on FFLC's youth farm - a roof rake. "You can extend [the roof rake] quite far and then you can drag the snow right off the greenhouse without ripping it."

It took him six hours to clear the nine greenhouses on the five acre farm. Purdy says the extent of snow damage to the farm was a broken canopy. For other farms, it's another story.

"This is my third attempt to dig out the processing area," says Jason Waligoske of Yep Yep Organic Farm. The heavy snowfall downed several trees causing catastrophic damage to the Dexter farm.


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