This Week on the Farm

Greetings Family, Friends, and Neighbors!  My apologies for the lack of updates.  We were busy with various farm related projects, including getting FOOD in the ground.  We also suffered (lightly) a little set back when the storm hit (tornadoes, for those who don’t know).  The farm didn’t suffer any physical damage, however we lost power and water from Monday night until Thursday night that week, so we lost some plants.  We are still without telephone and internet services, which is why I am not able to post any update pictures today.

We plan to be at the Pearl Market this Friday from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm.

We expect to have:

  • Mango Pineapple Jam
  • Potted Indoor/Outdoor Herbs
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Kohlrabi
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spring Onions
  • Pak Choi

We hope to see you there!  Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings family, friends, and neighbors! Busy, busy, busy describes the activity on the farm this spring! From starting seeds to building structures. Moving fences and processing compost. Planting, planting, and more planting. Spring is officially here!

Next weekend we plan to take a small break to attend the O.E.T.A. conference.

That’s all for now! Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings family, friends, and neighbors!  Just four days to go!  Four days before it is officially Spring!  We had some much appreciated and welcomed warm weather this past week.  It allowed us to continue working on several projects, including the set up of the area where we plan to put our new strawberry beds.  We had a little set back because of a storm and ended up having to reapply our plastic and fully frame the hoops in, but we like it better now than before anyway.  The strawberry plants are scheduled to arrive around April 8th.  In addition to Mara De Bois, we decided to plant Seascape, and to a lessor degree, as a test run,  Albion, Portola, Evie 2, and AC Wendy.  Those are in addition to what we already have on the property, which are Sonata, Pineberry, and Yellow Alpine.  Without further ado, here are a few pictures:

Framing the strawberry hoop houses.
Black sheet mulch inside the strawberry hoop house will prevent crab grass growth.
A layer of wood placed at the bottom of the boxes to help with drainage
Getting compost for the grow boxes.
Layering boxes with straw and compost in preparation for planting next week.
Wildlife on the Farm: Mr. Toad was wading in the creek.

That’s all for now, Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings family, friends, and neighbors! The weather has been pretty mild for late winter, nevertheless, we can hardly wait until warm spring weather finally arrives. While we wait, we will keep an eye on some new workers who recently moved to our farm.

These baby chicks are already doing their part on the farm by helping keep one of the areas that we start seed in warm. As you can see above, we already have several seed trays started and some of them are already up and growing.

We also have seedlings growing in the indoor propagation room:

That’s all for now, check back again often for more fun updates. Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings family, friends, and neighbors! The OEFFA conference was very informative. We sat in on mini workshops about tree pruning, produce washing safety, SARE/USDA grant writing, and winter growing. There were a lot of vendors. Vendors that we were particularly impressed with included: Gardener’s Thumb Worm Castings, Tiger Mushroom Farms, and Central State’s O.E.T.A.

With the conference behind us, we are now focusing on several projects, one of which is turning these…..

FREE local pallets

Into these….

Grow boxes

These boxes will add lots of square footage for growing. Most of them were made by the little farmers:

The little farmers breaking pallets down
grow box assembly

That’s all for now. Thanks for tuning in! Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Hello family, friends, and neighbors! The rain and cold weather continues as we count down the days until spring. This is perfect weather for an indoor food and farm conference! Today was the first day of the 40th Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Conference.

We spent today learning more about soil health and balancing which proved to be just as interesting as we thought it would be. We also attended a land and labor mixer and got to meet with new and old acquaintances. Lord willing, tomorrow and Saturday, we will attend several workshops of varying topics. We are looking forward to meeting more people and learning new things. I’m going to hit the sack so that, hopefully, I will be refreshed and alert tomorrow. Until next time…. Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Hello Family, Friends and Neighbors! Winter has finally given us a taste of it’s best. We have had several bouts of snowy and cold weather. Very little can be done outside in weather like that! Things that we were able to do involved putting hay up in the barn for the animals, starting seeds in some of the hoop houses, and starting seeds indoors. Here are a few photos of some of that work.

Putting up 100 bales of hay in the barn loft
Winter sowing tomato and pepper seeds. These seeds are ground watered due to the high water table in our area. They will be ready to plant May 15, which is our last frost date.
Going though some of our seeds to pick some out to start

We have a lot of new projects that we hope will help us to be more efficient on the farm planned for the next couple of months, so stay tuned for all of the updates! Hit the follow button (top right side, under the Instagram link) to get an email notification when this site is updated. Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Hello Friends, Family, and Neighbors! Mild weather has continued to be the theme in Ohio this winter so we have continued to work outside to prepare for the spring.

Plastic on the hoop houses for the new strawberries.
Carmine Jewel cherries before mulching
Carmine Jewel cherries after mulching

Other than the outside work, I have been doing a lot of research on flowers. Last year we decided to let the portion of the property that we have dedicated to permaculture, go uncut. We knew that there were several native plants, including milkweed and black eyed susans in the uncut area, so we cut a path and let the rest thrive. We also planted a couple rows of zinnias, sunflowers, and marigolds. Our insect pollinator population made a noticeable improvement, so this year we want to plant several types of wild and cut flowers. I hope to share some photos of the flowers this year.

That’s all for now…. Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Hello all!

The month of December is just about over, can you believe it? The weather has continued to be mild and as such, we have continued to work outside to prepare for the 2019 growing season. I’ll share a few photos of some of the work that got done and one of a work in progress.

Blackberries before clean up

Blackberries after being cleaned and mulched

We are really excited about the planned expansion of our strawberry beds. We have decided to go with an ever bearer called Mara Des Bois.

As hinted by the name, this strawberry is a French bred variety. It is said to be one of the best flavored ever bearing strawberry that is currently being offered. We hope that it lives up to it’s reputation!

That’s all for now… Shalom!

This Week on the Farm

Greetings everyone! 

Yesterday we got a little break from the cold weather.  It was nearly 60⁰!  If you can believe it, we are still trying to winterize the farm.  The break in weather allowed us to get some things done comfortably. 

Today is the first official day of Nation Farmers Union’s (free online) Growing for the Future Conference:

There’s still time to register if you would like to attend.   I’m going to head on over to the conference now to check out all the great resources.