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South Glastonbury farm loses pumpkin crop due to flooding

That sediment will have to be removed before they’re able to plant next year.

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — Flooding rain destroyed Cavanna Farms pumpkin patch after the brook near the farm overflowed. 

The crops fully engulfed in floodwaters are now covered with silt, a grainy sediment from the road. Owner John Cavanna called the field, and the crops are a “loss for this year.” 

“When you get these humongous rainstorms, it cleans everything off and puts it in the brook, and then that brook carries that sediment into wherever the brook is going, and unfortunately, in this case, it was in the pumpkin field,” said Cavanna. 

That sediment will have to be removed before they’re able to plant next year.

The farm has been around since 1903. The last time they saw floodwaters this bad was in the '80s. Cavanna says as a farmer, he prepares for the unexpected, and that includes Mother Nature. 

“Any farmer will tell you there is no winning battle. She’ll always win so we can prepare the best we can,” said Cavanna.  

The farm plans to plant a new crop and hopefully have them ready in time for the Fall season. 

“We are farmers; we’ve been farming the same piece of land for 120 years, so you can never put on a sure thing, and we don’t. That comes with the history of farming, so we have another location to put pumpkins in and try to get them ready in time for our fall rides,” said Cavanna  

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