One thing I’ve noticed already about this year’s season is my ability to take the farm’s many challenges in stride. For instance, our greenhouse is very full and we haven’t had a dry window the last few days to plant out our 85 flats of spring crops. We still need to keep up with our successions so we’ve been filling our temporary cold frame up with newly seeded flats. If you’ve followed our blog and farm history at all, you know that we have had mice problems in the past, meaning we’ve lost whole flats of veggies from mice nibbling in the greenhouse. It was only until our wonderful feline friend Spunkie moved into the greenhouse that our mice problems subsided. Well, Spunkie doesn’t quite cover the cold frame territory, so today we found twenty flats of broccoli munched down, losing mabye 50 – 60% of this succession, not to mention several other flats of cauliflower and other brassicas. Now, last year, I probably would have lashed out at the mice, kicked flats, threw hoses, punched fences and maybe even cried a little. This year, I’m much more prepared for little disasters. I took the setback calmly — what I know is that it isn’t such a big deal in the whole scheme of the season — brassicas germinate quickly, we can reseed right away and still catch up to hit our planting windows. No big deal. We have so much diversity in our greenhouses and our farming program that this won’t make a huge economic impact. Sure, I’m a little stressed and it puts a small wrinkle into our week when we’ve got five million things to do, but we’ll make up for the loss and move on. Knowing how to weather the storm in farming comes with just a bit of experience. Market farming is not an easy career choice, but the challenges and problem-solving make it pretty dynamic. I can only imagine how easy this will all be in fifteen years, right?