No-till Tomatoes: are we really doing this?

Our no-till planting experiment has taken another round; we have now actually planted tomatoes into the no-tilled field!  It was clear after spending a day in the heat getting those tomatoes in the ground that we are substituting some heavy tractor work, to till the...

Cracking Jokes and Cracking Garlic

Rainy Day activities get a little hard to find in November, and we have a big crew on Fridays.  But there’s still some garlic left to crack!  The garlic seed that we plant is just cloves of garlic planted in late Fall.  Each clove grows into a head; before you...
A good day for sailing

A good day for sailing

The forecast for Wednesday was for a SW wind, around 15 miles per hour, with gusts up to 38 miles per hour.  On our list for Wednesday:  covering our late fall salad greens with row cover, and raising the Harvest Festival tent.  In other words, two jobs involving...
Total Crew Turnover!

Total Crew Turnover!

This season has been challenging in many ways, not least of which was the 15 inches of rain we received in the late July and August.  You all were probably aware of all the rain, but you probably didn’t know about how much trouble we have had this season with an...

Of mildews and men

Tuesday morning, a little after 7 in the morning, my little text notification sound went off.  Was it one of my crew, telling me that the box truck was stuck in the mud again?  No, it was the Cucurbit Downy Mildew alarm system, telling me that Downy Mildew had been...
Spud Story

Spud Story

New Potatoes are one of our fun crops of early summer.  We usually start harvesting in late June or early July.  In my early farming days, it was a stretch goal to get them in by the Fourth of July, but now we regularly harvest them a week or two ahead of that thanks...