Farm Update, July 9, 2016

“Do you know how to tell if a bean is fresh?”, Godofredo asks me as we kneel in narrow pathways snapping them off the plants and filling up orange 3 gallon buckets on a hot summer afternoon.  He stood up and placed it over his chest and said, “it has to cling to your shirt.” […]

Farm Update, July 2, 2016

This week at the farm things have really taken off and we are picking like crazy trying to keep up.  The rows of vegetables have shot up and filled out so that it’s hard to imagine just a few weeks ago they were just babies.  The plants are loaded with blossoms and as you clear […]

Farm Update, June 25, 2016

As a Farmer you’ve got to train yourself to “make hay while the sun is shining”.  In season, you’re up at the crack of dawn, and work a long hard day, just about everyday.  It must be like running a marathon where you push yourself but pace yourself at the same time.  So that’s why […]

Farm Update, June 18, 2016

As a new farmer there is a certain expectation of the requirement to “wear many hats”. You should be a food enthusiast, a botanist, a mechanic, a biologist, a businessman, a laborer, a truck driver, an accountant, and of course in my case a bohemian.

Farm Update, June 11, 2016

This week at the farm things are getting busy. If we are not picking, we’re planting, if we’re not planting, we are watering, staking tomatoes, prepping beds, fertilizing, setting up irrigation, scouting, dealing with pests or mowing. There is always something to be done and with our first ever gathering at the farm for our […]

Farm Update, June 4, 2016

This week at the farm was about getting into the flow of things. We are picking and cutting lots and lots of salad greens including arugula, mizzuna, baby kale, baby lettuce, and tatsoi. We are also harvesting about 1000 heads of lettuce per week as well as kale, rainbow swiss chard, bok choi, and kohlrabi. […]

Farm Update, May 28, 2016

Lights, Kohlrabi,…Action. This is the week we finally got electricity at the farm. Up until now we have been watering off generator power and haven’t been able to utilize our wells to their full potential. Of course we haven’t needed to do much watering with all the rain in May. This week, however, summer decided […]

Farm Update, May 20, 2016

This week at the farm we braced ourselves for another week of rain. We spent time scouting and maintaining our vegetable beds and busied ourselves with the tasks we knew we wouldn’t have time to complete later in the season. We are harvesting kale and chard to fill the orders for the CSA and about […]

Farm Update, May 14, 2016

This week reminded me more of my stint in Seattle than mid-May in the DC area. At the farm the dark saturated coffee grind soil and thick fog has me daydreaming of the smell of fresh roasted coffee in a thick clay mug, with a newspaper or guitar. However despite the urge to go back […]

Farm Update, May 7, 2016

This week I am not going to say there has been “too much rain”. Yes, the ground is completely saturated which is keeping us and our tractors out of the fields. Yes our spirits are feeling a bit soggy. True that we could use some more sunshine to get these plants growing. However, I am […]