Rolling in at midnight.
Dead cell phone kind of Sunday.
Two trucks and a trailer of chicken shit for the next round of carrots.
Yep, it's June, folks. And a good one at that.
We're hitting our harvesting goals and many of our transplanting/seeding goals. Juggling orders to places like Rumour, Flavorful, Mission Bistro, Catered Table, Stevi Cafe, Loyal to Local and Western Montana Growers Cooperatives, Big Sky Family Foods, Missoula Fresh on Reserve and Broadway, Burnt Fork and Pattee Creek Markets, the Hamilton Marketplace, and Riversong Gourmet. It helps when all the infrastructure is in place (thanks to Tim and Marta!).
The to-do list looks a lil' like Rip Vanwinkle's the moment he awoke. But it feels great to be working in tandem with the crew of the competent...
We've welcomed a few new farmers to our ranks; independent folks driven to nourish you and the land. We call them Pennsylvania Tim and Barrett of the Great Salty Lake. They're characters. And the kind of people you want leading the charge into the summer.
Barrett has taken up the mantle as an energetic, head to the grindstone kind of guy at MGVC. Easy-going and motivated to learn about tools like the 6-row seeder and the Celli spader implement, he has taken on everything Kenny, Katie and I have thrown his way. He's a joy to see at the beginning and the end of the day. And he's the prime reason our manure was spread + the onions weeded all in one day...yesterday. He also was a major aid to Kenny in the recent cover cropping project (note: their work, electric ... like the lightning in the vid of them below!)
Mr. Tim Averill had set up his tipi, wall tent, and canopy tent the first few days of his being out here. Shows you what kind of guy he his. Committed to the journey of getting in touch with the state he grew up in. With his sharpest hand tools, he's "freed the brassicas" from a weedy existence. That phrase, by the way, is what he's dreamt up for a kickass t-shirt. Even though, by the way, he doesn't wear t-shirts. From what I've seen and heard, he's a keen observer of where our culture is at and he has a lot to say about where we've come from. He's the type that revels in the question, "What are the practical reasons behind cowboys switching from buttons to snap Western-ware?" And it's been a treat to be invited several times to his humble abode just down the farm road from our trailer.
Working with my dad and Montana Tim (Skufca), Pennsylvania Tim has shown an interest in helping forge a dreamy log greenhouse from the Bitterroot forest. It could look something like this...
WIth Barrett and Tim, things are seeming more manageable, more informed, and more fun. I keep saying to myself, "so this is what a farm crew is like". It's like, a funky good time, brah.