Over the past week, or so, we've spent time cutting up the seed potatoes (getting them ready for planting), and waiting until the ground drid out. Well, the rain finally stopped, the sun came out, and now it's time to plant potatoes.
Alright, Philip, it's 4:00 PM,
and we've got a lot of work to get done before the day is over.
All these potatoes got to be planted - 5 types 350 lbs.
Okay, this is how you drive the tractor...
You're doing a great job tilling the ground!
While we were working, a killdeer kept running around us,
calling "killdeer, killdeer".
It's finally time to start planting the potatoes...
...and it's getting late, so we got to hurry!
Farming is an industry that when something needs done,
there's a small window of opportunity, and it must be done right then.
This planter, which is probably over 50 years old,
is an amazing time saver.
It makes a shallow furrow, drops the potatoes certain distences apart,
and covers them.
We finally finished planting the potatoes around 9:30 p.m.
The potatoes are all in the ground now, where they will stay and grow
until sometime in June, July, or August, when they are harvested.
Our farm is located in historic, scenic Lancaster County – one of the most fertile counties in the United States. We have been operating on a full-time basis since spring of 2008. From the beginning, we've been dedicated to never using chemical sprays or fertilizers, choosing rather to follow all-natural (organic) methods of growing our produce and beef. This not only means avoiding the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, but it means we also look for ways to manage and nourish the soil and plants so that the food we produce is much more nutritious and healthy. Although natural management is more time consuming and work intensive we believe that it is far better in the long run for everyone – the consumer, farmer, animals, and environment.