Into the wild green yonder

Into the wild green yonder

We are officially into the spring planting season now!  And we sure had a busy morning getting into it! We had two crews going this morning, one starting to transplant kale, lettuce, scallions, chard, fennel, beets, onions, and bok choy into the field.  And the other...
April is the Cruelest Month…

April is the Cruelest Month…

…At least that’s what T.S. Elliott said. As for me, it’s a mixed bag. It has been a challenge to deal with the constantly changing weather. We have heard from other farmers, and by driving around and looking out the car window, that a few brave souls...
Spring transitions

Spring transitions

We have started with the first of our balancing act decisions of the season.  As the season heads on, the decisions will be coming so fast and furious that we develop a certain flow with them, and many of them will be responding to dominoes that have already fallen,...
The miracle of seeds

The miracle of seeds

Let’s take a minute to marvel at the power of seeds.  It’s not often that I stop to think about it, but when I do, I’m amazed.  Here is this little, tiny, brown, dead-looking thing.  And it has the information contained within it to grow a whole...
Playing Farmer Frankenstein

Playing Farmer Frankenstein

We are in the midst of a new farming adventure right now.  We have been cutting the heads off of some of our little tomato plants and sticking them on to other plants.  What!?  Grafting tomatoes is becoming a more and more common practice.  The idea is that if you...
Crop roundup for this cold, cold winter!

Crop roundup for this cold, cold winter!

We seem to be at the end of this winter’s early cold snap, but it has been a doozy. The cold weather makes everything harder for us. Any time a hose gets used, all of the water must be drained out of it, or else it will turn into one long ice-pop. Even a little...
Things are heating up in our greenhouses

Things are heating up in our greenhouses

We are fully into the “Persephone Period,” that time of year when the days are short enough that there is very little growth in any of the salad greens.  But by adding just a little bit of heat in some of the greenhouses, we can get some of the greens to...
Covering the Low tunnels

Covering the Low tunnels

One of our big early winter tasks is getting the low tunnels covered for the winter. We have about 2/3 of an acre covered in a mini-greenhouse system that will keep them relatively cozy and warm for the duration. One-third of an acre is a special variety of...