Agropraxis Farm

  (Scotts, Michigan)
A Ultra-Low Carbon input farm using Eco-Bio methods.
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Falls Turn

What a busy time of the year. With added events like the SW Michigan Harvest Fest, Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize, and the kids activities at school, days go by with few breaks and little time to rest and recoup. There is no complaint with this mix. I love this time of the year. Weather is usually predictable and stable, farm issues are minimal and the harvest is on. Time to squeeze in a little fall enjoyment before the winter forces a rest.

 

I left Farmers Market last week with no tomatoes left. I usually gauge pretty well what will sell and keep the table stocked with a bit left as I pack and leave. You know a few for the farmers dinner and maybe the friend that needs one for the BLT. But there were none. Made me think about the words of the college Prof that said a successful ag marketing plan is one where you know where everything is going and sold before the seed is planted. This years’ plan has worked out kind of like that. Of course the work involved to achieve it can be monumental…

 

I spent some time yesterday prepping for my soil block mix making. The words of advice to make it months in advance and allow it to balance and “cure” is always taken seriously. I know many farms that buy theirs and others that mix at the time of blocking, but being a careful detail person when it comes to disease prevention and plant health I find the time and do the work with the intention to benefit from the time spent. So I gathered my compost for the mix. The compost is the 2012 season garden and farm scraps that have been heaped, turned, amended and tended and after a full growing season is now a nice crumbly mix with a pleasant smell. Like precious metal to a pirate. As I shoveled I ran across a cavity filled with pumpkin seeds. Or what were pumpkin seeds since only the seed coat remained. Must have been a chipmunk treasure at one time. A few hundred pounds and I’ll be ready to add the peat, sand and COF to complete the mix.

 

A row of Raab has succeeded in racing to flower ahead of my snips. With rain and harvest times getting tangled, the row has bolted ahead of  intentions. Oh well! What surprised me was the reception the bolted raab received from the honey bees (Apis melifera). Huge numbers worked the blossoms and set up a hum that was impressive. With goldenrod, asters, flea bane and other native plants also in bloom the attention to the raab seemed to indicate a preferred source. I certainly don’t mind the untimely bolting at this point.

 

More when time permits…

Farmer Pete

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