Here’s what we have lined up for you this week:
Here’s a quick update on what has been going on at the farm this week:
Finally the rain has come. I have turned off the irrigation for the first time in months which will save us lots of money, considering we are using city water to irrigate and wash the produce. We have already spent $600 on water this year.
There has still been a flurry of activity on the farm as we put garden beds to rest for winter. Andrew recently built a roller for our drip tape lines that helps us store the long black tubes more efficiently. At the beginning of the year we had to pull apart hundreds of 100-ft long drip tape knots that took hours and damaged the tape as we yanked to pull them free.
Figuring out how to mitigate small issues such as storing drip tape takes time, but it is really what makes our life on the farm easier. Plumbing faucets for filling the wash tubs and building a Photovoltaic system for electricity will make huge improvements to our efficiency.
Now is the time of year to start dividing perennials such as peonies, raspberries and rhubarb. This allows us to increase the amount of production we can the following year without spending extra money. We have a source willing to share some peony bulbs with us, and we hope to expand the amount of raspberries we produce as well as start growing hops for production.
I have been keeping a notebook with me and writing down ideas for the 2019 season . I write down interesting varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers that I come across on other farm’s blogs or things I see in media that will help us to bring the most productive types of plants, and the most delicious and interesting varieties to our members, restaurants and market customers. So if you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to bring it to our attention!
Have a wonderful week!
Andrew, Sibella and team