Small potatoes, big needs: Ottawa Food Bank blames bad weather for poor yield - Ottawa - CBC News

By CBC News Ottawa, September 8, 2017

The head of the Ottawa Food Bank says their ability to provide fresh produce to people in need has taken a hit this summer after a wet and cold growing season stunted production of staple foods like potatoes and carrots.

The food bank had aimed to grow more than 45,000 kilograms of produce on their 2.4-hectare Stittsville farm, according to executive director Michael Maidment.

But record rainfall early in the season and generally cold weather conspired to reduce their expected yield by 20 to 25 per cent, he said.

"The field was so wet that some of the crops just rotted in the field, they just got too much water," Maidment said Thursday. "A lot of the crops were just affected by lower temperatures and got a later start."

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