The farm is starting to elongate and pick up speed...
Carrots are up in the first succession and flirting with germination in the fourth, fifth, and sixth 100' beds we've seeded. Katie has become the Hell's Angel of our farmer crew. She constructed and began experimenting with the flame weeder, a tool that will be especially important to our carrot triumphs this year. The flame weeder features a propane tank bungied to a metal frame that you wheel through beds, expelling flames through five steel cylinders that are directed atop the awaiting soils. Video of Katie in-action soon to come!
Kenny has been working like a madman. But he's still getting Sundays to kick around a little futbol in Stevi. He teased this Easter Sunday that he would go for a lil' rock climbin'. Instead we worked together to put some finishing touches on the new high tunnel, a gothic work of art that's mostly his and Barett's creation. Yesterday that got planted up in snap peas and just about every other crop a young yippie could ask for!
Kenny has also been mastering the Art of the Caterpillar Tunnel; helping plan out crop seeding and farm work in accordance to the Biodynamic Calendar; traveling to Shelby and Great Falls on farming adventures for cover crop seed and other farm loot; and preparing new beds to seed and transplant into with our tractor.
Gold and reddened beets are looking great alongside their arugula, baby kale, radish, turnip and broccoli raab in beds that germinated about 2.5 weeks ago.
The propagation greenhouse is loaded with lettuces, beets, peas, and chicories. It's so refreshing to have a space like this to feast eyes upon on the daily. Katie's been doing a really nice job of managing seedings and waterings.
Yesterday we sent out the first wave from the propagation house. There was napa and baby bok and large head bok choi and broccoli ... and our one true love (cauliflower). The crops that take longer to mature (brocc, peas, cauliflower) will be in summer shares, including the market farmshares -- have you signed up?
The tomatoes and other hot crops are taking their time, but we like to focus on the early stuff, so their delay hasn't gotten in our craw.