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Tucson farms dealing with grasshopper infestation

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Felicia’s Farm on Tucson’s north side, is one of several farms and gardens throughout Southern Arizona that’s been dealing with a grasshopper infestation.

Farm manager Sofia Forier-Montes noted it’s not unusual for grasshoppers to feast upon crops but what is unusual, is there continued presence into the fall months.

“The fact that they’re still around and still causing a lot of damage when it should be getting cooler and disappearing and dying is rough,” Forier-Montes said.

Grasshoppers certainly aren’t helping the mission of Felicia’s Farm.

"It means I have to waste more seed because I have to replant things. It means beds are underutilized because there are lots of gaps and it just means less food that I'm able to harvest,” Forier-Montes said.

Retired entomologist Carl Olson believes the global warming effect is impacting the behavior of grasshoppers in Southern Arizona.

Olson said the grasshoppers are simply adapting to the weather patterns.

“Now here it is November, now we're getting high 80's and so the insects are acting differently and they're trying to survive and we plant all of these different crops, so they just take advantage,” Olson said.

Felcia’s Farm operates as a non-profit organization, providing about 200 pounds of vegetables and nearly 120 dozen eggs per week through natural growing practices.

The food is donated to the Casa Maria soup kitchen, helping homeless and low-income people.

To learn more: http://www.feliciasfarm.org/

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