A quick update from the farm!
I hope you were able to feel the sun yesterday or will be able to get out a little today to catch the sun. What a relief after many days of clouds and rain. With the warmer weather coming daily, the farm is a busy place, mostly in the seed house, but also the high tunnel, field clean up and a rebuild on the second chicken coop. Our seed houses are filling up quickly and transplants are growing nicely. Right now veggies we have seeded include Bok Choi, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Collard Greens, Kale, Kalettes, Leaf Lettuce, Salad lettuce, Kohlrabi, Radicchio, Scallions, Spinach, Mustard, Swiss Chard, Komatsuna and High tunnel Tomatoes. Were really excited to have so many starts on the way and are hoping for a mild March so we can be able to get into the ground.
Today, with the nice weather all day, we'll mostly be outside doing field clean up after the transplants get a good watering. I'm still waiting to turn the outside water system on, at least until those overnight temps warm up a little. So, we haul buckets of water from the house out to the seed houses which makes for a major chore. Soon this burden will ease up!
A sure sign of spring here on the farm is always the increased predator pressure. Yesterday, the dogs and I woke to a fox chasing chickens all around the lower yard down here by the house. Luckily, Rose took to the chase and ran the fox off with no chicken casualties. Time to keep the hens shut up overnight and not out in the morning until the coast is clear. Some of you may remember last spring when the farmer was fighting a chicken eating raccoon. So far no coon, but the fox is around. Another sign of spring is the geese, large flocks flying overhead, including the all white snow geese. A beautiful sight.
On the home front, Farmer Joan continues to improve, while still trying to catch her breath. We're taking baby steps and setting small daily goals to get ready for some upcoming therapy which will hope will have her ready for the summer. All the prayers and well wishes are working! Thank you, thank you for the support!
Lastly, I wanted to say we will be doing a buying club this week. The order window is open and ready for orders. Hoping soon to have some greens to add to the options. And 2018 CSA memberships are still available. We will probably lower the amount of memberships we make available, so let your friends know. Thanks again gor the support!