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:
We are still busy on the farm even on these rainy days. At this time of year, many plants are finished producing. I am removing the plants and the irrigation lines, and covering up the soil. It is important that we protect the soil from the rain; normally there are trees and shrubs that do this, but on a farm we have to compensate for their absence. I am using a layer of composted horse manure, compost and lime. I then put landscape cloth or our silage tarp on top.
I found an amazing video of a young couple in the Netherlands that also started a farm this year. The interview asks them about their first 6 months.I felt like I was watching myself in this video, we had many similar struggles of setting up the farm while making sales, planting and harvesting.
Similarly, the young couple could not afford all the tools in their first year, and like me are looking forward to next years reinvestment. The couple interned on a farm near New York called Neversink Farm. Neversink Farm is profitable and beautiful, I can only aspire to have a farm like Neversink. They have an online course that i’d love to take as well as tools they make that I will try replicating or sourcing locally.
Here is a link to the tools from Neversink farm that I am looking at either buying or replicating. https://www.neversinktools.com
This winter should be interesting. We will be working off farm this winter, but we will keep up on farm jobs too. Sibella has a few orders for her pies, and soaps already and I will be bottling my first batch of malty yeasty wheat beverage soon. Ideally in the future we can sustain ourselves with on the farm crafty winter jobs.
I’ll certainly be busy building more under cover areas on the farm. Including a potting station, a new washing station, and an outdoor tool storage.