Posts Tagged ‘Ontario’

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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CSA pickup

This is our second week of the 2015 CSA season.  Here’s our spread of produce that was available for the farm members to pick up:

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Here’s what an individual share looked like this week:

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CSA subscribers this week received leaf lettuce, radishes, kale, turnips, lettuce mix, green onions, strawberries, and garlic scapes.

 

The garlic is doing well

It’s about 3 weeks since the garlic pushed up out of the ground.  They have put on quite a bit of growth in that time!

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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