While walking along the canal I notice that a couple weeks ago the Potomac was nearly frozen over but now I see no ice whatsoever. I pass a group of bluebirds foraging the ground and I think well zippity do da how do you like that.I’m not sure if its the weather or completing our seed order that has me thinking of spring, but I am starting to feel an excitement about getting this next growing season underway.
The bulk of our seeds come from Johnny’s Select for their commitment to organic and non-GMO, plus they have a great variety of seed and information resources for the aspiring grower. Almost through telepathy as soon as the order is complete I get a call from Sharp’s Farm who manage the greenhouses that will take plants from seed to transplant. We have a great working partnership utilizing their greenhouses and experience with the labor of our own crew to help not just with our own planting needs but for other farms in the area as well. It’s about time for us to coordinate the production schedule and note changes from last season. This year we are adding melons, pumpkins, and fall squash into the mix.
I will be heading to Hershey, PA for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Growers Convention next week where I will take classes on farm management, specific crops, and soil health. It’s also a nice opportunity to talk shop and reconnect with other growers. Have a great week everyone.