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A Little bit of Farm Love[ Member listing ]
31 Jan · Fri 2014
Winter on a farm means: long days, short sunlight; fighting a losing battle of keeping fingers, trucks, tractor parts, and produce from freezing; finally getting a chance to finish a cup of coffee out of necessity; and a fierce determination to get everything done. What, you didn't think we got to kick our feet up and relax during this cold snap, did you?
This winter, my second on the farm, I've worked some of the longest & hardest days of my life--it sure makes a hot dinner and a warm bed worth it at the end of the night!
Just to give you an idea, right now we're: counting & ordering seeds, planning fields, getting in touch with future CSA members, running markets, grading stored produce, performing maintainence on trucks, and finding no shortage of things to get done. There's a reason that Farmer Bill Maxwell said that farmers are people who must have some serious flaws--I think we've proven we're at least a little crazy.
Posted by Sam @ 10:34 AM EST
25 May · Sat 2013
It's not surprising that Mother's Day is the beginning of "crazy season" for farmers around here--markets begin to open for the Summer, the weather turns warm, and it's a rush to get seeds and plants into the dirt so we can hit the ground running. Only this year, after a week of scorching days in the field, the Hudson Valley has had three days straight of rain, sleet, wind, and even snow. It sure makes you glad for a great pair of wool socks inside of your muck boots.
Part of the crazy is that the farm hasn't hit it's stride yet--Joe, Rhonda, Joey, & I are all working hard and ending every day tired and muddy, but every year the farm changes and we haven't fully uncovered what it will look like this season yet. Every farm changes, it's part of the beast, and it entails people, plants, and ideas that will occasionally succeed and fail. This year, we've added a new flock of copper-feathered chickens, built new raised beds, and will be trying a little bit of vertical farming to dissuade our brazen vegetable-fed deer. Eventually all the details will slide into place and we'll have a smooth routine.
In the meantime, new seeds are being tried, new interns are moving in, and even what the next hour will hold can be completely unpredictable. I'm looking forward to seeing what surprises this season has in store and to meeting some of the CSA members who have joined in on the farm adventure this time around--hopefully a good time will be had by all.
Posted by Sam @ 02:14 PM EDT