One of the reasons we came to farming is the community-ness of it--a way of bringing people together--a place for relationship building. This past long weekend was what we were envisioning. Our son Nate (23) came from Reno to help with some major building projects. We now have a 100 foot 'high tunnel' greenhouse in the Bridlewood garden and an 8' deer fence around that new garden. Dad helped with putting fence posts in while Mom and I planted potatoes. Our friend Smuel prepared the rows to put potatoes in. And, another very good friend, Dan Andersen, came over on his first day of 'retirement' to help frame a walk-in cooler in the metal building. Beats watching TV!
Sunday was a big day. We transplanted 200 tomatoes from 2" pots to 4" or gallon containers. Rob, our Evergreen State College intern was here to learn and experience--we were grateful for his help with the tomato transplanting which was a bit disorganized because the original plan did not work, but we did it! The real fun was plowing the new 70' x 100' garden--a spot closest to the Bridlewood neighborhood. We name each of the garden plots, so this one is the 'Bridlewood Garden'. The best part was picking up the phone and hiring the tractor service which did in 1 hour what would have taken Mark more than 8 hours with our small rototiller. Woohoo!!!
The pasture is so green and growing in spite of the cold weather.So that's one green. The other Green is a student - Rob from The Evergreen State College who has agreed to do his sustainable farm internship with us this spring. We are delighted to have Rob join us on Sundays to learn and work with us to grow vegetables for our CSA subscribers. We had a great weekend of transplanting many small veggies from the greenhouse to the real, outdoor garden. We transplanted peas, kale, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, and onions. And, we seeded onions, lettuce, swiss chard, and bok choy.
We squeezed some outdoor work in over the weekend between and during rain and wind. Half of the Middle garden is prepared for 100+ broccoli plants and lettuce and cabbage. We put T-tape down--kind of a soaker tape for watering and biodegradable weed paper which is an experiment--will it keep the weeds down? That is the question. One good thing about spring and daylight savings time is that the chickens like to stay out in the yard longer which makes for a cleaner coop. The chickens
This blog reflects the journey of Kathleen and Mark who have left suburbia to steward this historical property and transform the land back into a working farm.