A Whole New Season
The difference between the last two years and this year are immense for us. Our first two years we were flying by the seat of our pants trying to keep up with everything by ourselves (and our work shares :) without actually living at the farm or being able to put anything permanent in place. Now with three interns, work shares and our own property we are able to accomplish so much more in such shorter amounts of time without being absolutely exhausted. Last year it took us over a month to accomplish the same feats that the current farm crew is kicking out in a week. It's all so reassuring. Check out some of these pics from the past week and half's love labor.
Planted just after Memorial Day, these aspargaus plants are zipping up nice and dense promising a solid 1/4 acre supply of delicious spears for spring 2013.
Heavily mulched blueberry plants were established for the farm's future eating enjoyment.
Lots and lots and lots of onions, shallots and leeks. These along with the brassicas were all put in using the transplanter and tractor. Below Samantha is womyning the tractor. This portion of the blog is proof to some non-believing friends and family of hers that yes, she is running show.
Our newest and very experienced intern, Christina, not only helped put the onions in (above), but she also cultivated (weeded) them (below) with a hand push cultivator with multiple tines.
The rest of the vegetables that were not transplanted with the tracotr or seeded directly into the soil were planted by hand, such as these beautiful red romaine (above). More plants can fit into a smaller space with this planting style, and it uses less diesel and tracor hours. However, it entails a the weeding method that is not enjoyed by all: hoeing. Intern Vicki (below) is a speed hoer and super hard worker. The weedy baby lettuce seen above is weed free now thanks to Vicki, Samantha and work share Bill. THANK YOU!!
Hand planted celery and celeriac (above). Hand-planted peppers, eggplant and tomatoes (below). The stakes will be used to trellis the tomatoes upright. As this is being written a mulch of hay is being laid down at the base of each tomato plant to keep weeds out, supply the soil with a steady supply of added nutrients and keep the soil moist and more even tempered.
A few projects were accomplished as well with the many hands that grace our farm daily. A cement slab was made for the base of our worm-composting bin (above). This will prevent nutrients from running into the soil and provide a level base for the tractor bucket to scrape up the compost. Below is the luxurious new chicken home on wheels to house the two dozen chickens we'll be picking up tonight. The tractor will pull the house to a new space every few days so the chickens will have fresh access to new bugs, grubs and grass. This is a great pest control. If you can't tell, we really make us of the slab wood from the sawmill 1 1/2 miles down the road.
It may look like we're working really hard, but one of us manages to find plenty of time for play. Can you imagine the weekly laundry that goes through this place! Thankfully, this love labour rewards us with plenty of sunshine, time for meditation and delicious, nourishing food. No vegetables rewards our family's heart more than a delicious kohlrabi (below).