Well, I thought we could add one more item to our list of things-to-do around here: a farm blog! We’ve got so many interesting things happening, we thought it would be fun to update everyone about the farm through a blog.
Josh has been working on shoveling a ton of rock into the foundation of our future walk-in cooler. That’s almost completed and then next weekend he’ll put in the panels with some help from a farmer friend of ours.
We received 1,000 Seascape strawberry plants last week (now taking up half of our refrigerator!) and plan to get those in by next weekend. The chickens are now out on pasture–I think we’ve got 70, after many losses to foxes and hawks. We sure are keeping our wildlife around here well-fed. The girls have started laying so we should be up to our ears in eggs soon–we are expecting 40 dozen a week!
We’ve got over 22,000 plants in the greenhouse–mostly lettuces, chicories, brassicas, onions and all of our solanaceae crops. Phew! Josh also just seeded 11 beds of turnips, spinach, beets, radishes, arugula, and peas. We start the farmers’ market in mid to late April so we hope to have a lot to offer at that time. We’ve got three CSA members so far and are hoping for a total of 15, so we have been doing some flyering and other promotion. The CSA starts May 15th, so it is still early yet.
Josh has been working on revamping our irrigation system for the year and once Patrick, our new intern gets here (April 5th), they are going to work on expanding the garden fence to include another three acres!
The organic inspector comes on Tuesday, so cross your fingers that all goes well. Tomorrow, I’m giving a tour of our farm to twenty women farmers and a Capital Press reporter so we are spending some time cleaning up the place today. I’m a little anxious about opening up our farm to so many people, but it should be fun to share anyway.
Everett is doing great — we can’t wait until he is walking and running around the farm with us, playing in the dirt and eating strawberries from the garden! What a life we are giving this little one. It feels good.
All in all, we are busy, but happy. More stories to come!