Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Fall Season, Week One

September 24, 2011

This week's harvest:

Butternut Squash
Acorn Squash
Salad Turnips
Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers

This week's farm news:

Happy autumn everyone! Well, last weekend's push to get the garlic crop in the ground was a success. It's all planted now - about nine thousand cloves of it - and the crew even got it mulched before the rain set in! Awesome! The crew also set transplants into our high tunnel for our winter harvests and Eric finished planting his forage crop into a garden that we are converting back to pasture for a few years in order to re-generate the soil's fertility. (To do this required first yanking our main tomato crop - about two hundred plants/cages/& stakes!)

This week, also, our five pigs were advanced into their forest paddocks so that they can begin to eat all of the scrumptious acorns that are now falling. We were pushing to get lots of these projects done this week because today, following market, the Smith family is heading South for our annual family vacation to the beach! We wanted to leave the farm feeling good about things! Superheroes Jesse and Hannah will be holding down the fort - their ultimate test to see if they really want to start their own farm!

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