I thought I would walk around the farm, take some pics and share them all with you so you can get an idea of how and when planting, prep work, and harvesting happens on our farm.
We put seed in the ground in our un-heated high tunnels the end of february which allows us to start harvesting out of them in April. This means we are starting transplants in our greenhouse in Jan so our farm plan for the year must be done and seeds ordered by the 1st of the year. This is truly all year farming.
Cold weather crops go out in Feb/March in the tunnels, we haul hose out to water and haul it back so the lines don't freeze. We cover the high tunnel crops with row cover at night as extra protection from the cold using low-tunnels.
All the while our greenhouse is filling up with transplants and micro greens, we are always learning how to use our greenhouse space more efficiently so we can pack more in. We put up a hanging shelf on the north side this year to give us more space. We also invested in a Paper Pot Transplanter system which will allow us to turn beds faster and get more crops in thought the year without using more land.
Our CSA started April 13th this year and we had a beautiful bag of goodies for our members-we are very thankful for the people who choose to support us each year and commit to local food. Those relationships and excitement to see them each week is really what drives us to discover more efficient ways to grow high quality produce that enriches our ecology with organic practices.
We also sell wholesale to local co-ops, restaurants and specialty grocery stores. We sell micros all year round but made our first field crop delivery the 3 week in April and will continue throughout the season with baby greens, spinach, head lettuce, and more.
Even though it is just the first week in May we are already on our second crop in several beds. Above is beets planted where head lettuce was. We try not to leave any beds crop free for more than a day or two so weeds don't creep in and we can maximize our production. This means we are highly dependent on quality NOP approved compost to feed our soils and keep them healthy so they in return can feed us. We also do not till our beds any lower than 2 in to preserve the precious biology we are cultivating in the soil. There is a whole city of microbes, insects, bacteria and fungi and larger organisms under out feet that do all the work to propagate healthy, nutrient dense vegetables and we just need to let them do their thing undisturbed.
We just moved all 3 tunnels off their winter fields onto summer ones and filled 2 with tomatoes, eagerly waiting those juicy fruits is a true test of patience. Now, all our winter crops are outside and we are in the spring push to get seeds and transplants out for the summer season. Onions, lettuce, asian greens, Brussels sprouts, beats, peas, and anything else that could handle a light frost are out. Lots of brassicas, beans, cucumbers, peppers, etc.. to be put out soon.
And now it is May, where did the time go? We don't have time to think about it, just keep planting....