With more than a foot of rain, we have had a wet, wet, wet month here on the farm. All through the month we kept thinking It couldn't get any wetter, but we kept being proven wrong! Despite the inclement weather your brave, sacrificial, hard working (let me pause this spiel a moment for you to go find a box of kleenex) sweet, nice, caring farmers (calm down I'm joking :) have kept ourselves busy slogging through the mud to do what can be done above water. It has been an exciting month watching things take shape for the new season!
One of our most memorable activities was when Isaac, Caleb and I spent five days in Little Rock, Arkansas prying information from experienced farmers at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (SSAWG's) 2013 conference. We had a great time making sure our instructors were busy :) and networking with other natural farmers from the Southeast. Since we are constructing them on worked ground (no sod) it was too wet to work on constructing our hightunnels. However we were able to finish up one of the greenhouses on the home farm, and frame in another to prepare for the Spring planting rush. It is amazing that we already have 130,000 plus transplants started for the new season! Another very exciting (for me anyhow) project was drafting the plans for and purchasing the supplies for a brand new 2,000 square foot packaging facility for the new farm.
Below we've got a bunch of pictures from the month, I hope you all enjoy! I've recently swapped from small (320x240) pictures to larger (640x480) images in the newsletter/blog. Is this too big for you all? Is it slowing the emails down too much?
Thanks so much to all of you for making it possible for us to do what we love! We are excited about the new season!
Adam Colvin Colvin Family Farm (CNG) www.ColvinFamilyFarm.com
There are many Greenhouse pictures this month--if you want to see some non greenhouse pics scroll towards the bottom.
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----------------------------- February in Pictures
In the first picture, I had to show that we have had some actual Winter weather :)
However it has stayed a very exciting Spring weather in the greenhouses!
I hope to transplant the Kohlrabi (forground) within the next couple of weeks.
I couldn't be much happier about how these flats of lettuce seedlings are growing out :)
Onions, Spinach, many different brassicas (Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower etc...) There's a lot of potential setting on these greenhouse tables!
Boc Choi (foreground), lettuces and more...
This is a closeup shot of some of the early Spinach transplants..planting number one...
....our second planting....
....and our third planting. Our fourth hasn't come up yet, but the idea is to (hopefully) keep Spinach coming in regularly for the entire Spring season!
A 288 flat of tomatoes--we're actually starting to pot a few up for a planned transplant of March 14th in our high tunnels. We'll see how that works :)
While I've majored on the big and the pretty there are plenty of flats that are still small and just coming up--like this celery....
...and much more (chard, cauliflower, kales, etc.. in this picture).
A large project this month was finishing greenhouses. Since we have already over filled our other greenhouses this became imperative!
Other than running the stovepipe on the woodstove, and a couple of the tables, the first new greenhouse is ready to put flats in!
Totally un-farm related, but this is a beaver lodge out in the middle of about twelve acres of beaver dammed pond/swamp behind our property--cool huh?
Another non-farm picture, I found the first bedraggled little blue violet of Spring on a hike behind the home farm.
We were privileged to visit Hines Valley Farm, a small Certified-Organic farm in Loudon, TN this past month. In this picture owner/operator John Ledbetter poses in a field next to his high tunnels. Thanks for having us John!
I promised little brother Levi that I'd put a picture of his first snowman in the newsletter. He did a pretty good job for a little fellow!
At the 2013 SSAWG conference we got to talk with our local sales representative (Rod Heyerdahl) from our favorite supplier Johnny's!