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Organic farm seeks help to cope with drought

Volunteers are helping an organic, family-run farm in Cobden, Ont., try to save its season as drought conditions worsen in the region.

'It's an emergency situation, it's a disaster situation,' farmer says

An organic farm in Cobden, Ont., has asked people for help as it copes with worsening drought conditions. 2:27

Volunteers are helping an organic, family-run farm in Cobden, Ont., try to save its season as drought conditions worsen in the region.

Kylah Dobson says her farm hasn't seen a drought like this in more than 50 years. (CBC)

"It's not a good situation right now," said Kylah Dobson. "It's an emergency situation, it's a disaster situation."

Dobson's family has maintained their 80 hectares of farmland at Rainbow Heritage Garden for six generations, and she and her husband dug their first irrigation pond last year.

"Luckily we made that decision last fall. It was good timing for this year because now we're in a drought that we haven't seen since 1965," Dobson said. "This is the worst drought."

Family asks for help on Twitter, Facebook

And after hearing reports that no significant rainfalls are expected until around Labour Day, the couple decided to double the pond's size. Dobson said they've hired an excavator to come in "right away."

Andrea Hughes rearranged her work schedule to help out Rainbow Heritage Garden on Thursday. (CBC)

But because Dobson and her husband are busy fixing and updating the farm's irrigation lines, Dobson said they don't have much time to pull the weeds that are spreading in spite of the drought.

So they logged in to social media websites to ask for help.

Andrea Hughes rearranged her work schedule to be at the farm on Thursday.

"A friend of mine put out the 911 on Facebook that this farm needed help because of the drought," Hughes said. "And I changed my schedule and I thought, that's something I can do to help."

More volunteers are expected to show up in the coming days.

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