Winter has set in on the farm. We had our first winter CSA harvest this past week and included a bountiful amount of food including carrots, potatoes, rutabaga, spinach, winter squash, onions, salad mix, romanesco and cabbage to our 20 wonderful and supportive members. We really like winter farming although we’ve been fighting freezing temperatures on the farm for the last couple of days.
I (Melissa) was invited up to Washington recently to talk about the southern Oregon League of Women Farmers for my OSU Extension work. We stayed at the old farmhouse at the Mt. Vernon Research Center, which was great and after a nicely attended talk to the faculty, staff and local farmers, we got to spend some time visiting farms in the Skagit Valley, Olympic Peninsula & the San Juan Islands. We had a great family vacation on top of that. As farmers, we can only travel during the winter, so it was nice to take some much needed relaxation time while also mixing in farm related business. Anyway, we brought back some new ideas to the farm including some marketing and winter storage tips, but most notably we got really excited about integrating more grains into our system, which we will begin doing this next year as we are participating in a small grain trail as part of a Western SARE grant. Josh is going to trial some wheat varieties for our poultry flock–more on the homestead scale, but we hope to increase our grain production as we take on our more leased land and figure out economics, scale & equipment, all things that will be addressed in this SARE grant. More details on that to come this spring. Anyway, western Washington is a special place and there are some great farms up that way. Thanks for hosting us!
Here’s a link to an interview about our farm on the Return to Tradition blog. Check it out. Thanks Matthew!