Harvest manager Rachel Nisch goes over details on the harvest board, a budget for plants to harvest and orders to fill, with co-owner C.J. Marks at Sleeping Frog Farms near Benson.
Intern Ben Shonkwiler plants peppers at Sleeping Frog Farms in front of one of six hoop houses installed this year to mitigate hard winter freezes. The 75-acre Sleeping Frog Farms produces fruits and vegetables for Tucson restaurants, a Community Supported Agriculture program and farmers markets.
Co-owner C.J. Marks tears up spring seasonal plants to make way for arugula at Sleeping Frog Farms in the San Pedro River Valley. The farm, about 30 minutes north of Benson, was hit by frost in 2011 and 2013 and lost much of its winter produce.
Some farmers say extreme weather events seem to be more frequent in Southern Arizona, forcing them to adapt.