Here we go…

You know, it seems to go the same each spring: it feels like the snow sticks around way too long and before you know it I am feeling behind and wishing everything was planted yesterday! Typical spring feeling for every farmer, I am sure. Yet day by day, with each little challenge faced, it all starts coming together… and this people, is why I love farming.

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Farming with Svea so far has been both a total joy and challenge, inspiring the creative multi-tasking farmer-mom in me. I am able to get quite a bit done in the day while she naps and then Mathias is able to get in some dad-time with the little girlie in the evenings while I work in the field until sundown. In a lot of ways, this works well because it’s much cooler out.

The garden on May 21st

The garden on May 21st

We have lots in the ground already: onions, scallions, leeks, spinach, peas, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, kale, mesclun, head lettuce, chard, parsnip. The irrigation system is in place (in need of a few repairs) and we’re adding a new section on over the weekend. Most of everything is doing great. We’re having some typical seasonal challenges with the kale (something is eating it, so I spray it daily with a hot pepper/water mixture), and the flea beetles have been wreaking havoc on the bok choy and arugula. Still working on a solution for that as the netting is just not enough.

Peas growing May 26th

Peas growing May 26th

The milkhouse renovation is coming along. We’re at the painting stage, so that’s fun! It’s going to be great to have this new little farm shop for everyone to access. We are carrying more products this year including a Pastured Heritage Pork CSA (subscription) and also our own farm blend of fresh, locally roasted Organic Fair Trade Coffee – available with regular and reduced caffeine.

The veggie CSA is sold out for the third year. I’m excited to welcome back so many returning members who will get to see their shares improving thanks to their investment in this farm, and I’m also stoked to be introducing Community Supported Agriculture to many new members.

Help from friends Kat and Matt with moving some piles of garden debris. Svea supervises in the shade of the tractor tire.

Help from friends Kat and Matt with moving some piles of garden debris. Svea supervises in the shade of the tractor tire.

It is certainly shaping up to being a good start to the season. We have space left in the Pork CSA, Egg CSA, and we are taking orders for our Organic Chickens. The info is now all available on this website – check out the bar at the top of the page.

Now, back to the garden!

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