The farm is a frenzy of activity. Harvest continues in the greenhouses. Van loads of greens are going in to Warehouse Market. Seedlings are filling up all the covered spaces. Older seedlings are being prepared for planting outside (it’s a rough transition). Garden beds are being prepared. Crops are finally going in the ground. Row cover is rolled out over the little seedlings to keep them warm, and sand bags are placed all around to keep it from blowing away in the wind. Pumps are being primed and irrigation is being set up. The days have been sunny and windy, and they are getting longer!
OK, breathe. It is a lot. Things are never perfect, but we will manage as best as we can. It really helps to hear the peepers. They seem so enthusiastic. Or listen to the cardinals and chickadees flirting in the bushes. Or see the eagles and hawks riding high above the fields. Or consider all of the symbiotic relationships that are happening in the soil between roots, bacteria, fungi, and worms or insects. I marvel at the worm castings (poop) accumulating on the soil surface. It indicates how much burrowing and other work they are doing underground. Somehow the grand rhythm of life, tides, and seasons helps to put it all into perspective, and allows us to take a deep breath and keep going. We are growing a lot of vegetables, but we are also trying to disturb natural processes as little as possible.
It also helps to hear encouraging words from farm share members who are now signing up and paying for their season of produce. Thank you all for your support!
Below are recent photos of farm life: