February at Colvin Family Farm
In a nutshell: wet
With more than a foot of rain, we have had a wet, wet, wet month here on the farm. All through the month we kept thinking It couldn't get any wetter, but we kept being proven wrong! Despite the inclement weather your brave, sacrificial, hard working (let me pause this spiel a moment for you to go find a box of kleenex) sweet, nice, caring farmers (calm down I'm joking :) have kept ourselves busy slogging through the mud to do what can be done above water. It has been an exciting month watching things take shape for the new season!
One of our most memorable activities was when Isaac, Caleb and I spent five days in Little Rock, Arkansas prying information from experienced farmers at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SSAWG's) 2013 conference. We had a great time making sure our instructors were busy :) and networking with other natural farmers from the Southeast.
Since we are constructing them on worked ground (no sod) it was too wet to work on constructing our hightunnels. However we were able to finish up one of the greenhouses on the home farm, and frame in another to prepare for the Spring planting rush. It is amazing that we already have 130,000 plus transplants started for the new season!
Another very exciting (for me anyhow) project was drafting the plans for and purchasing the supplies for a brand new 2,000 square foot packaging facility for the new farm.
Below we've got a bunch of pictures from the month, I hope you all enjoy!
I've recently swapped from small (320x240) pictures to larger (640x480) images in the newsletter/blog. Is this too big for you all? Is it slowing the emails down too much?
Thanks so much to all of you for making it possible for us to do what we love! We are excited about the new season!
Colvin Family Farm (CNG)
There are many Greenhouse pictures this month--if you want to see some non greenhouse pics scroll towards the bottom.