February 15, 2016 Farm News

The usual view of our wintery garden today, Monday February 15 in Late morning.  Still well below freezing but warming and a light snow at times and light east winds.

The usual view of our wintery garden today, Monday February 15 in Late morning. Still well below freezing but warming and a light snow at times and light east winds.

A reminder to all former CSA sharers and anyone else thinking about joining the CSA program. Read the page in this website; Our CSA Program.

Sunday and Friday nights were very cold and Saturday night was colder.  Probably our coldest weekend or even any three days so far this winter.  We probably only have about three more weeks in which we might have really cold weather and after that the temperatures should be mostly distinctly spring like. We did manage to get through this very cold few days unscathed and so did all of our farm animals and none the worse for it.  The chickens were off their lay just a bit but not so bad and that is the only noticeable effect of the intense cold. We went through as much or worse and for longer, last year.

The east bay of our barn loft.  quite empty except for a small number of small square hay bales

The east bay of our barn loft. quite empty except for a small number of small square hay bales

Not too much done this week on the garden planning.  We have not yet ordered our seeds from William Dam Seeds and really must get to that.  We still have machinery repairs to do before the garden gets worked but we have some time on that and we would need warmer temperatures for that anyway.

A look at the same east bay of the barn after we had rolled in 10 of the 4X5 foot round bales. We'll get more tomorrow, Tuesday, morning but already we now have hay for more than 30 days

A look at the same east bay of the barn after we had rolled in 10 of the 4X5 foot round bales. We’ll get more tomorrow, Tuesday, morning but already we now have hay for more than 30 days

We are waiting this morning for some hay to arrive from Bill Miller at Bethel and Bishopsgate.  He has good hay and this lot will get us through the rest of the year and may even leave us a little surplus which is always really nice to have. The best situation to be in is to have a two year supply of hay and most of it in the barn, if it is large enough, protected from the sun and rain.

He is not really looking to get his grain dish refilled, he is just playing with it, something that he does quite often.

He is not really looking to get his grain dish refilled, he is just playing with it, something that he does quite often.

We are now asking for payments on the shares for the coming 2016 CSA.  This will get us through until the veggies are being harvested in June at the same time as we begin the CSA pickups here at the farm. We will have money to for our seeds and the running around fuel for car and truck and expenses to go with that and for machinery repairs. Contact us right away and talk with us about getting a CSA share whether you are renewing or if you are new to it.  Let us know as soon as possible and get us a payment, a down payment at least, so we will hold a spot for you in the list our CSA sharers. You can read about our CSA on the Our CSA Program page in this website.

Have a look at our Facebook page too, for more photos, and hopefully Facebook will allow more than 3 or 4 can be uploaded.

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