Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hello out there! I suppose I couldn't write this email with out a reference to the snow. One part of me sees the snow as beautiful snow, with flowers and green grass peeping out from under it. The other half of me sees lovely, glorious, hey baby I'm gonna stick around kinda precipitation. And my farmer soul says "ahhhhhh, peaceful." This wetness is sooooooo good for everything right now. Paul and I are in a strange lull of calm. Usually this time of year on the farm is break-neck, with a slight trot to each step. I just don't feel the trot right now, and I question myself. I know that there is still as much to do right now whether its warm or cold, so where is my super push? Taking a nap. We know the season is about to slam into us again, so we're taking a deep, happy breath. This isn't to say that we aren't working right now, we are. There is just a significant energetic difference between today and a warm 80 degree sunny day. So, this past week at the farm here's what we did. (Lets see if I remember.) Transplanted kale, 2 generations of head lettuce, pac choi, chinese cabbage, and collards. Hooped and remayed all the kale and collards. Remayed (no hoops) the big brassica seeding. Remay is a spun polyester fabric that we buy in big sheets to cover all of those little delicious seedlings so enticing to flea beetles. The Remay keeps them off. Ever had arugula riddled with little holes? Thats the work of flea beetles. With out remay you can have a whole field of perfectly seeded brassicas germinate, and the next day they are gone, eaten to the roots by flea beetles. Ok, back on course. Seeded lettuce, flowers, and herbs in the greenhouse. Potted up all of the peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and basil slated for the tunnels. Reshaped all the raised beds in the tunnels by hand. Mixed up and applied rock fertilizers to all the the beds in the tunnels. Rebuilt the endwalls for the newly expanded tunnels. Took off all of the old plastic from the tunnels. Seeded parsnips and carrots in the field. Renovated the beds between the raspberries and replanted them to annual ryegrass. Picked up and unloaded 2000 pounds of seed potatoes. Got 150 new pullets! Welcomed our newest employee to the farm (Emily). And probably a bunch of stuff I'm forgetting. WE STILL HAVE PLENTY OF SUMMER CSA SHARES AVAILABLE!! Sign up now, sign up often! We want to see you around these parts for another round! Come to the sure to be very very fun Asparaganza at the Good Life Farm in Interlaken, Saturday, May 5th from 4-7pm. Here are the details: http://www.thegoodlifefarm.org/ Here is what our friends at High Point have to say today: Meat CSA with High Point Farms! Grass-fed Beef, Free Range (freedom Ranger Breed) Chicken, and Pasture Pork! CSA starts in June sign up today! High Point is doing a new "Flexible Choice CSA" share this season! Part of the share is chosen by the farm and the rest by the members through an on-line store! Pick up is once a month! High Point is one mile North of Sweet Land Farm!