It has been awhile since I’ve posted. The busyness of life got a hold of me. So, what’s new at Barking Moon Farm?
1. We just ventured into the last 5 weeks of our CSA program for 2009.
2. Traveled to Springfield, Illinois to present at the national Small Farms conference (this is for my other job as an Extension agent). Interns successfully ran the farm and Josh telecommuted for the first time ever! Met a ton of southern US extension agents and farmers. Very cool.
3. Finished the last greenhouse seeding for 2009! Woohoo!
4. Harvested hundreds and hundreds of pounds of winter squash. Pumpkins are next.
5. Began harvesting the first of the fall crops — cauliflower, broccoli, kale, napa cabbage.
6. Prayed for rain a couple of times. It is way too dry here!
7. Started promoting our 2009- 2010 winter CSA program. A blog post to come on that.
8. Hit our highest ever monthly gross sales in August.
9. Talked to 114 folks about our farm at the 2009 Eat Local dinner at Roxy Ann Winery, while they ate our salad greens.
10. Josh gave a tour to 25 enthusiastic folks on the Ashland Food Cooperative farm tour.
11. Got really excited about winter!
12. Broilers are growing fast and doing well. They are grazing on old spring kale beds. Should be ready for slaughter in 2 weeks. No predator losses yet.
13. Survived the first power outage of 2009 on an extremely hot day. It was quick and the cooler and water started working promptly after about 2 hours.
14. Discovered that recordkeeping is key for success.
15. Finally, amazed at the amount of food we have produced on this farm in such a short period of time. Next year’s goal: weigh every single harvested crop for a total weight of food harvested and sold.
That’s about all I can remember from the last few weeks. Here are some pictures taken at our leased property the other day.