Thursday, January 13, 2011

Colvin Family Farm--May 9th-15th

Hello Everybody!

I tried to get this out yesterday, but our trusty "old faithful" laptop up and died on us in the middle of creating it. So, I am now creating this on our new Dell Inspiron Desktop computer. It is about as much better than our old computer as the DSL connection is over our old dial-up!
Please let me know if I'm boring you with all of these pictures--I can't believe how easy it is to load this thing down with 30-40 pictures, and I will try to restrain myself if you all aren't able to make yourself read all of the way through it!
We've had an extremely busy week--this time in May would probably rank #1 as the busiest time for a diversified vegetable producer as so many vegetables "suddenly" can go out at the same time! Yesterday we put in Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Popcorn, and others (pictures will be up next week). This week we also got out all of our Summer Squash, Sweet Corn and Cucumbers!
I hope that you enjoy the newsletter--hope to see you all at one of the markets tomorrow!

Adam Colvin
Colvin Family Farm (CNG)

 Farm Update--May 9th-15th

Potato Patch

Our potatoes are starting to pop up! This 3/4 acre patch right here should yield several tons of potatoes this season!

Russet Burbanks

We planted three varieties--Russet Burbanks (a regular white potato),

Chieftain Red Potato

Chieftain (a red skinned potato),

Adirondack Red

and Adirondack Reds (not only is this potato red skinned--it is red clear through the center!).

Pea Patch

Our early patch of Summer Squash and Snap Beans.

Green Beans Comin' On

Caleb told me that he was going to plant some beans and squash back in the third week of April (way way early for up on the mountain). I told him that he could waste the seed if he wanted to etc... but he has had the last laugh as those beans and squash that he planted could be 3-4 weeks earlier than our "early" batch of beans and squash! (this picture by the way is of a row of beans).

Summer Squash

A row of Yellow Straigtneck Squash.

Onion Patch

A new picture of our Onion patch--the paper mulch is working pretty well on the onion patch--on other vegetables we've had trouble with the wind ripping it when it is wet--still experimenting though!

Spinach Closeup

I hope you all like Spinach! Because next week...

Spinach Bed #1

...we will have a lot of it! This is a picture of one of our two 150 foot long 3 foot wide beds of spinach. Right now they are just shy of big enough to pick, so they will be brought to market for the first time next week!

Greens Beds

Another angle on the greens beds.

Radishes in a Bed

Radishes--a bunch of them! You will be seeing radishes out of this bed within a week or two--mild, but zesty!

Head Lettuce Coming Along

Head lettuce is coming along in several different beds--Red and Butterhead, Romaine, and Looseleaf.

Collard Bed

These collards were planted to raise full-size. hopefully we will have them large enough to harvest within another week or two.

Kale Bed

Winterbor Kale--spaced to raise to full-size. A lot of this will be sold through the "Three Rivers Market" in Knoxville.

Baby Napa Cabbages

Napa Cabbages,

Boc Choi Bed

Boc Choi,

Turnip Bed


Mustard Bed

and Mustard are looking great!

New Bed of Carrots

We just planted another 200 foot bed of Carrots.

Chard Bed

Our early chard bed that came in didn't come up very well--due mainly to the operator of the seeder (yes myself) who just didn't know what he was doing.


The collards,


and beets however came up sort of spottily because of us not keeping the soil moist at all times--it's extremely important yet extremely hard to keep the soil moist so that no hard crust will form over the seeds, and they have a soft moist layer of soil to push through.

Worm Bins

Our worm bins--set up to harvest "wormcasting tea" that we use as a foliar fertilizer. Feeding leftover vegetables to the worms makes it so that we can use the nutrients in the vegetables to raise more! Sustainable farming practices in action!

Closeup of Worm Bin

A close-up of the inside of a worm bin.


And a closeup shot of the worms.

Newly Planted Green Onion Bed

This is a picture of a freshly planted bed of green onions.

Green Onions Starting To Sprout

Within a week they start to sprout.

Green Onion Bed Almost Fully Grown

And by five weeks you have a bed of green onions ready to harvest!

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