Over the top.

14 04 2009

We got to peak around Runnymede Farms yesterday on our way to Ashland. It was good to compare what we are doing to another small farm in the area. Terry really has her shit together, I really aspired to be as prepared as she was. She always reiterates that her farm has been eight years in the making, the beginning of which was pittance.
Still, it would be nice to be at the level that she is at now. I have nothing right now, when i should be bringing early lettuce to market, along with overwintered vegetables. I should have starts ready to sell and hanging baskets of flowers. Tomatoes planted in the greenhouse would be nice, but we almost killed all of ours instead. And the list of what we should be doing goes on.
Our experience in small scale market farming matches how well planned we are. We are getting better at working the land. For those of you that were with us last year, we improved tremendously, and the quality and quantity of produce will represent that




2 responses

21 04 2009

Pat yourselves on your backs — you’ve done wonderfully in the short amount of time you’ve been farming. Stay positive. It is easy to compare yourselves to other farms who have been farming longer and already been through the growing pains that you may be experiencing, but you guys are doing great! It is an evolution and we are all learning together! Hope the CSA memberships are coming in.

23 04 2009
Marie - Sellwood Garden Club

You know what’s even worse? Knowing full well what not to do and doing it anyhoiw. That was my theme last year, and it was embarrasing as hell.

Nah, there’s no way to learn without screwing things up, and you’re doing a great job of moving on from relatively (they never feel like it at the time) minor setbacks — we’ve got 3 back-up plans for every one plan we come up with, and we’ve needed a shockingly large number of them, even in year two.

Chin up! Those 5-foot tall kale stems (as compared w/ my pathetic, 2-foot midgets) and my failed green onion crops (does not compete well w/ crab grass) were a challenge to do better this year, and I intend to revel in them when I get them right this year. You should drink in every single victory and consider every set-back to be a lesson that is p’bly a LOT cheaper than 5 years at University.

Last year’s major and painful lessons for me:

1) Don’t plant things too close — ever!
2) Weed seeds wait for no woman
3) Don’t waste time direct seeding things far too late
4) If they start to bolt, you can’t stop ’em
5) Even the best compost is no substitute for a well-balanced fertilizer w/ hungry crops (maize, celery, etc…)
6) Uncomposted chicken manure does more harm than good
7) Cocoa mulch is allelopathically EVIL
8) Disorganization in – disorganization out
9) Figure out the irrigation *first*

Please do use all of these, just in case you’re not all over them already.

You’re doing the good work! And, like Tesla said, we’re getting better everyday.

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