field notes: march 11

Here we are in March, well on our way towards full-blown Spring!  Can you believe we’ve made it through the darkest days once again?! Our winter break was filled with planning for the upcoming season.  We poured over the seed catalogs, discussed seed varieties and crop successions, and calculated our lime and compost needs for the fields.  We also attended a couple of good farming conferences where we had the opportunity to meet up with other farmers and hear their thoughts on common issues.  It’s always fun to hear how other folks tackle a problem.  Farmers are resourceful people!

Our winter months were also filled with farm paperwork.  We updated our organic certification paperwork with Oregon Tilth, worked on our business plan, and filed the necessary records with the Farm Service Agency for help in buying the farm we are currently leasing.  Our initial meeting with the FSA went well (they didn’t think we were crazy!) and we’re hoping to make some progress on that front over the next several months.

At the farm we’ve already begun sowing seeds and monitoring germination rates.  Our first rounds of lettuce and onions are popping up and the cherry tomatoes have surfaced too.  We’ve also begun directly seeding into our field houses.  Radishes and carrots are on the way!  Thanks to a fairly mild winter we had success with our overwintered crops too.  Winter cabbagesPurple cauliflower!  Winter is an exciting time out there in the fields.

The field work is starting to ramp up, the propagation house is once again filling up with flats of baby plants, the growing season is upon us.  The 2012 CSA is also filling up.  Many thanks to folks who have signed on early to save your spot.  We appreciate your support and are planning for a fantastic season of organic vegetables for you! There is still some space in the CSA, if you’d like to join us for another adventurous journey!

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