February 2017

February is a hopeful time as the days grow longer, we start seeds in the greenhouse, and plant in the ground in the hoop houses. It has been a unique month with t-shirt weather, thunderstorms, and snowy cold.

After a very helpful volunteer workday (thank you!) of pulling out winter's weeds and plant remnants, Nate tilled beds and meticulously rakes them flat and clean. He then seeded them with our six-row and jang seeders.

After two weeks, a lot of crops have germinated--but so have the weeds. We are now ideally on a weekly hoeing and hand pulling schedule for the next few weeks until the food crops get established. These arugula, radishes, and salad greens should be ready to eat in April--just in time to be replaced by early tomato plants.

House construction is progressing slowly but surely. The structure is complete, wood paneling is going up, and electrical/utilities are being completed.

We now co-own a portable saw mill with some friends, which will make our woods more useful for construction and art projects.

Welcome March! Hopefully the mud passes quickly, weeds grow slowly, and we can move in to our home soon. See you Saturday at the Kerrytown Market with kale bunches and beef! 

Happy thoughts,

Jill

First Blog Post!

What do Farmers do in the winter?

I get this question all the time.

The hoop houses are still full of beautiful head lettuce, napa cabbage, radicchio, parsley, spinach, salad mix, and kale kale kale! We will be harvesting many of these crops until mid February when we will replant for March/April greens and radishes. We still go to some markets and our CSA doesn't end until mid December.

did i mention we have a lot of kale?

did i mention we have a lot of kale?

Taking care of our animals--feeding, watering, giving them clean bedding.

Cleaning! Somehow cleaning up and organizing always gets put off until this time of year... Then it starts snowing and we try to quickly put everything where it belongs before we can't find it anymore.

Planning. This is one of my all time favorite farm tasks. It is full of dreams of the future, drooling over seed catalogues, and feeling super ambitious and optimistic. Did I mention we are planning a u-pick flower CSA?

Record keeping, taxes, working on our organic certification paperwork. Ugh. 

Resting.

Website updates! Check out the new page about our Animals.

Equipment maintenance

Starting seeds: That's right! onions get started first towards the end of January.

Vacation! We take time off for the holidays to see family. Nate and I are also wanderers at heart, even though we have chosen the most limiting profession in that regard. Our compromise is to take one epic vacation every winter. This year we are off to Paris and Italy.

Building a house! We have been dreaming of living on the farm since we bought it in 2012. We are mostly building our house ourselves. We hope to live in it spring of 2017. I foresee this making a big difference in how easy it is for us to manage and enjoy the farm.

Pouring Concrete for the floor of the house over the tubing for radiant heat.

Pouring Concrete for the floor of the house over the tubing for radiant heat.

Growing a baby! We are expecting our first child mid-April 2017. Just in case farming and building a house was not enough excitement we decided to add a little more adventure to our daily lives. 

Baby Lada coming in 2017

Baby Lada coming in 2017

Ciao for now,

Jill