June 8, 2015

Time does tend to get away from me in the spring with so many things needing immediate attention and a to-do list a mile long. From preparing beds to starting seeds, transplanting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting and going to market, there is not much time left over for taking a step back and sharing the amazing transformation that happens here in spring.

When things go from bare trees, row cover, tiny transplants, and cold ground…

IMG_7127

to hot and humid with exploding green everywhere.

IMG_1862

From our overwintered cover crop gaining its first spring growth…

IMG_1349

to head high and headed out, towering over the peonies.

IMG_1692

And finally getting mowed down, and soon turned into the soil that will become the food for our fall vegetables.

IMG_1790

From flame-weeded carrot beds…

IMG_1391

To bountiful carrot harvests.

IMG_1882

And full market tables.

IMG_7340

We are passing out of spring greens season and into summer fruits.

IMG_1729

So many peas to pick, and tomatoes to trellis.

IMG_1657

Beds to cultivate and plant.

IMG_1567

Potatoes to hill and dig. And sunflowers that bloom the day after a market.

IMG_2013

Finally our fields are full of so many things coming and going.

IMG_1998

And our forest is growing food as well.

IMG_1965

The tomato vines are loaded up and we are ready for these gorgeous green orbs to color up.

IMG_2020

Pretty borage blossoms bring in the bees.

IMG_2026

A black snake has found his dinner.

IMG_7318

And the one that got away, who might be looking for a bite to eat himself.

IMG_7324

Lot of moving pieces. We are usually asked at market at least a few times a day, do you spray? What do you do for pests? The answer is, nothing and everything. We do not spray anything on our crops to kill pests. However, everything we do is an important component in the ecosystem of our farm that leads to pest management without the use of chemicals. From taking fields out of production for a season and improving the soil with cover crops. From making sure our soils have the right fertility so that our crops are not constantly struggling. From using row covers and netting to exclude what pests we can from the crop. From harvesting at the right time, to keeping things irrigated. From keeping good records on our crop rotations and observing daily what’s going on in the field. From seeding and planting at the right time. From including herbs and flowers in our field that attract beneficial insects. Each component of the system works to help keep our crops healthy and pests to a minimum. We do not always win the battles, but with continuous observation and learning we can and are improving on what we do here each year: without resorting to the use of spraying pesticides of any kind on our crops. We’re digging in deep.

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “June 8, 2015

  1. Mary Atthowe says:

    The pictures and your commentary illustrate clearly the transformation from one season to the next. Such a lot of work! Beautiful.

  2. Michelle Steward says:

    Enjoyed taking this trip with you! We know that you both work VERY hard! I’m sure that your customers appreciate all you do to keep your farming pure. Would love to see more pictures of the way you plant mushrooms and of them growing. Is this in prior year postings?
    Missing you both!

Comments are closed.