From our farm to your table…

  We’ve gone a while without posting on our blog, so, here comes one now. We took a lot of pictures this week as we harvested and cleaned our produce.  It comes out of the soil looking quite a bit different than it does by the time it shows up at market or in your…

First harvest of the 2014 season!

Today, we harvested our first produce of the growing season which was several quarts of strawberries. Normally, we are harvesting leafy greens such as spinach or lettuce mix before strawberries, but this season has not been normal! These are the Junebearing variety “Jewel”.  They taste as good as they look.  We only have a few…

New equipment!

Today, our brand new sub-compact utility tractor arrived! This is a Kubota BX 2370 with a 60″ mid mount mower, a 50″ roto tiller, and front end loader.  Here are some more pictures: It is powered by a 23 HP diesel engine, with close to 18 HP available at both of the Power Take Offs…

Too busy to post!

We’ve been putting every hour of daylight as of late into our market garden, which leaves little time for posts on blogs or facebook, but we’re making some time for that now! The direct seeded crops are coming along nicely, which include peas, radishes, turnips, lettuce mix, arugula, mizuna, carrots, and spinach. Here are some pictures…

Breaking new ground!

Today, the soil finally dried out after the monsoon we had at the end of April.  Here’s a picture overlooking the 8.5 acres of land we will be farming: Our Berta Rotary plow and Grillo Tractor did a great job working the soil: We finished our first plot and it looks like this: Our boys had a…

The first day of transplanting!

It’s been a very busy weekend for us.  On Saturday, we were at Discovery School for their Earth Day Open House, discussing our farm, our farming practices, and the local food movement: We took some lettuce seedlings of different ages and also let the kids make their own soil blocks and plant lettuce seeds to…

Seed starting expansion

The onions have been moved outside to harden off for a few weeks until the ground is dry enough to work: Our current seed starting shelf was at full capacity: So, we purchased and assembled a new one to hold all of the seeds we started today: Today, we started 22 trays of seedlings, including…

Seed starting season is in full swing

We’ve been very busy starting seeds indoors lately.  Kale, pak choi, red cabbage, green cabbage, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, bibb lettuce, snapdragons, rudbeckia, parsley, and more leeks and green onions were recently started and are all up and doing great in their soil blocks.  Soon, the ground will be workable and they will be moved outside!…

Early Season Work

The snow has finally melted and we can see our yard for the first time in months.  We went outside and changed the engine oil in the Grillo Tractor: Then we changed the gearbox oil in the transmission: Then we took a trip inside the garden and were surprised to see that some of our…

Phenology and the Farm

Phenology is the study of plant and animal cycles as they are influenced by environmental factors such as day length or soil temperature.  For instance, when Forsythias or Daffodils are in bloom, it is generally accepted that the soil temperature is at a good temperature for planting peas.  Another widely used environmental sign is the first dandelion bloom,…