Posts Tagged ‘Community Supported Agriculture’

New additions to the farm

As we enter our 4th year of farming, the usual activities of tilling, starting seeds, and transplanting are continuing as they usually do.  We do have some exciting new additions to the farm this year:

First, we built 2 hoop houses to get warm season crops such as tomatoes and cucumbers to market much earlier

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We put on the plastic, and planted them with tomatoes and cucumbers

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Next, we became beekeepers this year, which is an absolutely fascinating experience.  We started with one hive, but expect our hives to grow each year.  The bees will aide in pollinating our crops significantly, and provide us and farm members with honey in the years to come.

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Finally, we are happy to announce that free range egg-laying hens will be part of our farm moving forward.  Our flock for our first year will be a mixed flock of 15 hens, consisting of Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, and Barred Plymouth Rocks.  As of this post, they are just 7 days old, but growing (and eating) extremely fast.

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Also, as of this post, we are now the official owners of the land we farm.  We will be forever thankful to the previous owners of this land.  If it were not for their conservation and stewardship of this parcel of land, we would not have been able to turn a vacant lot in the City of Ontario into a viable small family farm.

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Prepping soil on our farm

We’ve been very busy working the soil on the farm getting it ready for intensive organic vegetable production.  In early spring, this involves plowing the fields: IMG_1087 After plowing, we then level out the soil with our roto tiller: IMG_1120 Based on soil tests, we then add organic soil amendments to maintain the fertility of soil.  This year, we are applying rock phosphate, green sand, and re-vita pro fertilizer. IMG_1096IMG_1097 IMG_1100 We use a hand cranked broadcast spreader to evenly apply the amendments. IMG_1099 After that, the beds are either transplanted into IMG_1104 Or direct seeded, using an Earthway planter IMG_1115 IMG_1116 IMG_1117 All that is left to do is watch the plants grow!

2015 CSA

We are now accepting new 2015 CSA subscriptions as well as subscriptions for our returning members, head on over to our CSA page for more details.

Mid-Summer CSA Share

Mid-Summer CSA Share