Posts Tagged ‘Local produce’

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!

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The garlic is up!

Last fall, we received our seed garlic bulbs.  The variety were are growing is a hard neck garlic called “Russian Red”.

We separated the cloves individually IMG_0603 IMG_0601

And planted them in a deeply worked bed in late October IMG_0604 IMG_0605

Now, in mid March, just days after the ground had thawed, they have already sprouted!  It is so refreshing to see new growth in spring!IMG_0774[1]

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

A Late Summer Night’s Walk Out To Our Farm

After a short walk from our house to the farm using the path we created this year

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We arrive at the farm that looked like this in May

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Here is the farm now with 6 plots under cultivation:

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There are beautiful fall brassicas growing

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Lettuce mix of different ages

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Beds of swiss chard so pristine it makes you wonder why anyone needs pesticides when they look this good without them…

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Stunning beds of cutflowers

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Pumpkins that will ripen shortly before the frost dances in October

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Next years strawberry plants

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A young fall crop of spinach

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A wonderful sandy loam soil freshly seeded with fall cover crops

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And amazing sunsets

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The farm now supports itself.  Everything (financially) was done from income generated from the farm.  All farm income comes from local customers, and, to that end, this is the farm our customers have built.  This is the farm Ontario, Mansfield, Lexington, and Shelby have built.  With each CSA share, with every sale at every Farmers’ Market, with folks calling and asking if we have 20 quarts of strawberries, our customers have supported our farm.  We no longer add any of our off farm income to the farm.  All that we add is our time, and we are more than happy to add it.  We’re proud of this farm, and, hopefully, our customers, and communities, are as well.

Thank  you all.  This plot of land is our canvas, we “paint” a little more on it every day.

-The Saltzgivers