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.
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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.