Spring is here on the farm! We've been putting in quite a bit of time into the field recently, as you can see below.
Also, if you haven't already done so, it's time to signup for our CSA! Being part of our CSA is a great way to get chemical-free, fresh, local produce each week all summer long. We still have shares available for this season and would love to have you be part of our farm. To get more info and see the short video CNN did on us, click here.
It's time to till up the ground! This spring warmth and dryness has been especially early, making it nice to plant.
Timothy secures the irrigation tape on the plastic mulch layer so we'll be able to water th plants in the summer if needed.
I'll have to admit, my younger brother, Philip, lays a straighter plastic row than I do, so I usually have him do it, which he of course likes.
We used to do transplanting by hand, but that was before we started renting this machine!
Instead of pushing yourself along on the ground, all you have to do is sit back in your "easy chair" and put the plants in the machine made and watered holes. Well, it's not all that easy, but it's a world better than most of the other alternatives!
We can plant 2000-3000 plants an hour with this!
On this particular day we planted around 3000 heads of lettuce.
Yes, technology, if used properly, is a great thing!
We also planted 300lbs of potatoes (nearly 1 mile of row) in 1/2 an hour.
(Photo from 2011)
We're raising our own pigs this year! Hogs are a lot of fun to raise, though they eat you out of house and home if you let them.
So, to help compensate with this, we're trying to feed them as much of our scrap produce as possible. Another benefit of this system, in addition to healthier pork, is all our leftover and scrap vegetables can be turned into great tasting bacon and sausage!
A few of our seeds...
Elise loves to help where she can!
Our family - I love them!
So thank you for supporting us in the life we love - being a family and farming!
Hope to see you before long as the produce grows and the CSA gets under way!