September 4, 2014 Farm News

Two rows of summer squash

Two rows of summer squash

from left; Chard, potato, tiny Carrot, two rows of radish.

from left; Chard, potato, tiny Carrot, two rows of radish.

We had been getting very dry and had to do a lot of irrigating so the rain that fell Monday evening and Tuesday was welcome.  The total amount was about 14 to 15 mm or about 3/4 of an inch.  This was a very good amount and if we don’t get more before another week passes things still will be happy.  We cannot get water to the pastures so they are entirely dependent on rain and though we can water the garden, we do not have enough water nor the means to deliver it, to do more than water small sections each day.  We have mostly been watering newly sprouted seedlings, lettuce, radish, carrots, spinach, turnips, mustard greens, rapini, mesclun and a few more that I cannot remember and when we can we water the broccoli and the cauliflower.  The latter two are growing very nicely, the warm weather really helping the growth so they do need to keep drinking.

 

From the left; and way up in the corner; tomatillo,cabbage,tomato w/lettuce, kale w/lettuce and a different kale w/lettuce.

From the left; and way up in the corner; tomatillo,cabbage,tomato w/lettuce, kale w/lettuce and a different kale w/lettuce.

Various newly seeded greens.

Various newly seeded greens.

All Equine, Bovine,  Ovine, Canine, Puddy Tats and the various poultry are doing well.   We have not done any work with the horses for a while now and the colt Leucan does need to be given a lot more attention before long.  We are reaching a time now in the vegetable growing season where we will be able to spend more time away from the garden without falling way behind.  We have to work the horses, cut, split and stack firewood in the wood shed and build some more little houses for chickens and ducks.  House needs a new roof too.

Cool cows and a Maremma.  Can you spot the dog ?   Gteat big hint: he is white.

Cool cows and a Maremma. Can you spot the dog ? Gteat big hint: he is white.

Marta, Nell and loafing Leucan

Marta, Nell and loafing Leucan

The younger chickens, Welsummers, Barnevelders and Marans

The younger chickens, Welsummers, Barnevelders and Marans

Quacker boxes

Quacker boxes

Hmm.  Which came first ??

Hmm. Which came first ??

We have a lot of vegetables growing that will carry the CSA through the fall well into October if the weather does not get too cold.  We don’t need an early winter for many reasons.  No snow before mid-December please.  May the sun shine and the south winds blow.

Dec. 22 Ice storm + girls 019Looking ahead to next season.  We will likely be advertising this fall for interns to learn and work on the farm during the 2015 season.  We will take on at least two interns, perhaps more and the positions will be available from April through to October depending on individual circumstance. There will be a stipend and likely room and board on the farm.  We have not worked out all the details as yet so those are just the general terms.  So if anyone is interested or knows anyone who may be interested, do contact us, and if anyone can put word about this out somewhere then we would be most happy and we thank you very much.

If all the little guys were only bigger guys ....

If all the little guys were only bigger guys ….

We will grow the CSA again next season.  The increase in the number of sharers is necessary.  Greater numbers of sharers than what we have now ( 15 large shares and 30 small shares), will require more help for us.  Hence the need for interns.  This season we have been most fortunate in having Ken, Joe, Suzanne and Jacob volunteering a lot of time working each week in the vegetables and special recognition must go to Ken who has spent many long days including most of each of his Thursdays, here at the farm, working hard helping us to get everything ready for the CSA pickup and doing the endless weeding.  Mihaela and Anca spent only a little less time working for us to keep the garden in shape over the summer with seeding and weeding.  During our hours working together we would also have varied and interesting conversations.  These were our wonderful volunteers and I’m pretty sure that I have missed no one.  Thank You Everyone.     …    Robin.

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