Transition

This is a time of transition. Temperatures are falling; the days are getting short; and we are so grateful for sunny days. There are ladybird beetles all over the front of our house. Normally I collect them and bring them to the greenhouse, hoping they will survive the winter. I also hope they will multiply and help control aphids. Our farm focuses a lot on winter and early spring greens production. The tomatoes and cucumbers are being pulled out of the greenhouses, to make room for all the delicious winter crops.

The farm crew had an ‘end of year review’. It isn’t the end of the year yet, but they wanted to get started now on changes we want to make for next spring. How proactive is that?!? This powerful farm team is planning to keep working here at Abundant Acres through the winter and next year! David and I are truly grateful. It is so humbling and thrilling that they want to stick with this farm. They are taking on more and more responsibility, learning new skills, figuring out new innovations, and sharing the load. This radical delegation is not easy some days. But I think it is forcing us all to grow, like the crops around us.

Eli took charge of the end of year review, and posted a survey for us all to fill in. From the survey, she listed the main good things that happened this year, and some of the things we could change. We discussed the ‘tweakables’ as a group, and made plans for upcoming seasons.
Moving the field tunnel. This is a big deal! Kara lead the way, chomping at the bit to move it from tomatoes and peppers (left) on to winter kale (right).
My mother, Wendy, and aunt Carol, harvesting Brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving dinner.
We celebrate Thanksgiving and David’s birthday at the same time. Here he’s serving birthday cake with friends and family
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, David and I had a great time clearing our old woods walking trail. Because the farm has been so busy, we have not walked on that trail for years. It was good to reconnect with our tree friends! Many big old poplars came down in the winds of Fiona, but a new generation of hemlock, sugar maple, striped maple, and oaks are coming up to take their place. It is a very encouraging transition
This road has been a long time in coming. The roads are expensive and time-consuming. Finally, we have the resources to build this road, which in the long run, will save us time and allow access in all seasons to the farthest edge of the pasture field.
It is such a shock to see this greenhouse, which has been filled with tomatoes since May, transform into a winter crop growing space.
Andrew, Jack, Erin, and Rachel unloading the harvest. This team is amazing. They said they could unload and put everything away in less than half an hour, and they did!

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