Ebb and Flow Farm

  (Lakewood, Pennsylvania)
Producing vegetables on a micro/organic- farm and beyond

Posts tagged [minds]

The Northern Migration...

The sun is shining, a cool breeze flows through the open windows and outside a palm sways gently , I hear the call of a blue jay,the grass is green and it's above 60 degrees and yet we're still chilly. Compared to where we have just been, it is cold. This winter my life partener Jocelyn and I ventured to Costa Rica to get a taste of organic farming and permaculture in the tropics.Yeah I know it sounds ideal, and in fact it is. We've been traveling to the tropics or sub-tropics to work on farms for the past 7 winters.Right now we're back in Florida getting ready to Make the final drive North to our tiny Farmstead in Northern Wayne County PA.

We're on our fourth season in PA. This year we'll have a full acre planted with vegetables,flowers, culinary herbs and medicinal plants. It's fun to farm on paper, but the real excitement happens when we're  doing hands on  physical work. Of course we sacrifice getting an extra early start on seedling for soaking up the tropical sunshine a couple extra weeks. Oh, and not to mention the fresh local vegetables we get all winter long.Our location in PA is closer to a Vermont (aka. Vermontsillvania) climate anyway and we are 3 weeks behind most of PA farmers. OK, I know we're spoiled and maybe even food snobs. But I'm here to say that if this is what you want, you don't need to wait until you're wrinkled and arthritic to become a snowbird. Maybe some day we'll long for those dark cold nights, white out conditions, 3 foot snow drifts, driveway plowing, grab another log without slipping on the ice, hot soups and tea, Stay at home roads, skiing,etc....Or on second thought keep continuing on to the tropics.............................

We know for sure that when the green garlic starts peeking through the matted hay, it's on! We'll be farming full throttle until October. Building greenhouses, moving compost, making seed starter mix, endless flats of seedlings, walk behind rototillers, floating row covers, mulch fabric, earth-way seeders in action,and a constant observation of conditions. The excitement never ends. We can't wait to connect with the public through wholesome organic produce again.When spring has sprung the season has begun< the life that lay sleeping towards the sun starts a creeping and the seeds that need sowing is the food we'll be reaping!   I'll be back to explain more detail of the farm and our products and processes as the season commences. Salud, to your health... Forrest Skylar

RSS feed for Ebb and Flow Farm blog. Right-click, copy link and paste into your newsfeed reader