2010 we welcome you

2 02 2010

Well a new year brings pretty much a new everything. We have a new location, and a new business that better embodies all the same values that formed our farm. We are certifying ourselves organic (not that we want to), to allow more access to markets.
Restarting a farm from scratch is not easy. We have the help of many good friends, and my body is already feeling the burn. A new hoophouse is almost finished, and the new field is totally taking shape. The 2010 farming season has totally started.
Almost of our seeds have arrived, and I am excited about the diversity of vegetables that we will be bringing you this year.
We have some rhubarb and strawberries already planted, and we are making an attempt at some late started garlic. There is going to be a full acre in organic production, but the other 4 acres of the field has already been put into cover of oats and peas. I am going to use this to increase the organic matter, and nitrogen in the soil. I am also going to use cuttings to mulch the row crops.

We are quickly getting the brochure revised, and it should be done and printed this week. We are raising the price a bit, but the result will be the highest quality produce we have ever achieved. Plus home delivery!!

We got this recycled this bath tub to wash veggies in, and  it turned out it was a huge cast iron tub that could easily fit 3 children.  It is ridiculous how heavy it is.  Anyways it had to be hauled from here to there and back again.  Hopefully the veggies will be cleaner than before, and I will never have to move it again.

So heavy

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Sunday 1/18

18 01 2009

The rhubarb is in the ground. It is in the ground.  Hoooray!!  The crowns that we got were huge, and hopefully they will produce equally large rhubarb plants.  After much thought we (I, Chad)  decided on putting them in a 120 ft row.  The rhubarb is spaced at about 4 ft apart in a linear row.  All around the rhubarb along the 4 ft wide bed, we are going to plant strawberries.  It is going to be pie aka church aka kosher.

Hopefully, tomorrow we are going to get some strawberry runners from Lori Campell.  We also have to thin out our strawberry patches as well.

Planting the rhubarb was the first time we got to play in the soil this year.  Last year before we started this shenanigan of a farm, we added a total of 60 cu ft of compost to our fields.  After decomposing most of year, the soil looks black, and healthy.  There are lots of organisms running around in the soil.  It is also light and fluffy.  Healthy soil is the key to healthy plants, and it is going to be good year.

Now, for coming years we have to maintain the integrity of our soil by continually adding compost, manure, green manure, and mulch to the soil in our version of what may be called no-till agriculture and lasagna planting.  And tending to the soil, and soil life all ties back to sustainablity.  Actually, sustainability of the soil, land, and earth just might as well be the keystone of organic farming