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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Welcome Spring

Hello all,

So it is officially Spring on the farm and we have been busy preparing the garden for another great season. We have planted a majority of the beds, and as you can see, the plants are sprouting perfectly...

We've also added potato towers to the farm:

Potatoes are a crop new at farm. Hopefully this season we will have lots of wonderful varieties to sell at market and through our CSA program.

The warm weather has also brought out more visitors and volunteers to the farm. Recently a class from the Howard School paid us a visit, and their excitement and curiosity was absolutely contagious. It was a joy to see them interact with all the animals and learn about everything in the garden. They are helping us paint signs for the garden, and I will post pictures when they are finished. We are very much looking forward to future visits from students at the Howard School.

We have a few more beds to create and plant before our first round of crops are officially in the ground. So far everything is running smoothly and it looks like we are going to have another great season.

Here are a few more pictures from around the farm. As you can see, Olivia is really enjoying the weather...

Happy Spring,

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dirt Don't Hurt!

Hello All,

Last weekend was absolutely beautiful, and we took full advantage of the weather. The entire weekend revolved around dirt- shoveling dirt, hauling dirt, raking dirt... Mark had a pile of healthy, nutrient filled soil delivered to the farm, and it was our job to transfer every bit of it to the garden.

Here's an idea of the pile:

Thankfully, three wonderful volunteers came out on Saturday and helped us move the soil into the garden. Thanks Madi, Dennis, and Jeremy!!

Jeremy proved to be an excellent chicken wrangler...

Once we transferred the soil to the garden, Mark tilled the ground, mixing old and new dirt...

And believe it or not, moving this dirt took the entire day. With 4 and 1/2 people moving the dirt, we got this much done..

Though our backs ached and our hands were blistered (an obvious sign that it is only the start of the season) we spent Sunday creating beds out of the dirt we moved. Luckily our new friend Diana was there to take some very beautiful pictures

Now half of the garden is ready to plant. Once the ran stops and the soil dries out, we'll be in business.

Take care,