Thanks you to everyone that took the survey. I appreciate all the feedback and the kind words. To everyone that mentioned that they were interested in more information on CSA memberships: Because they were anonymous surveys, I have no idea who you are! Please send me an email and I will get that information to you! Same goes for anyone else that is interested in a farm membership this year!
As far as potlucks and volunteer days? There was resounding interest and so there will be both, and I will keep you posted through email updates!
In other exciting news, we will be adding the Chatham Borough Farmers' Market to our list of farmers' markets for the upcoming season. It takes place on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm at the Chatham Train Station. Spread the word!
And as for events? Well, it has been a bit of a tangled late-winter-early-spring for me. As you know, I have been adding infrastructure and trying to prepare to grow more food and more delicious food at that. But with all this happy growth comes a whole pile of new things to learn.
I got a tractor. I love my tractor. But owning and being responsible for such a powerful and complicated piece of machinery is a little overwhelming at times. Also, because it is used, it isn't perfect. It has its own history, and that history is told in the broken and repaired parts. SO long story short, this past week, I was getting ready to plow and I discovered that the parts of the tractor needed for this were broken. BOOO! But I learned a lot about my tractor and added three more people to the panel of wonderful people that I call with my novice mechanical questions and equipment woes. Within the week, I should have everything I need to prepare the field and get your vegetables growing.
I hired two wonderful people to work with me this year! I am excited to share the learning experience and the time with some others. And all of you will get to meet them come market season!
We built a greenhouse! It is unheated, so we are still using my friend Alex's heated greenhouse space to start seeds however, it is pretty wonderful. It is wonderful to have the plants at the farm and it is helping keep my head in the game more than ever!
I bought a disc! A disc is really several gangs of discs mounted on a frame. They can be lowered onto the soil. Here is a picture of mine. When they are pulled over the ground they dig in and turn the soil. Although less aggressive than a plow, on well worked ground, they may be all that is needed. My disc is another a used piece of equipment, but it is a beauty. Even though I couldn't plow, you can bet I disced. Because of all the rocks in our field the discs have trouble biting into the soil. It really sounds like a hail on a tin roof when our filed gets disced but even so, it did really make a difference.
I also got a rototiller for the tractor! This will allow me to prepare single beds at a time, making nice seed beds for the crops.
The garlic survived!!!! Now, I shouldn't have been too worried about this, but I was. It was so cold! But it is growing and lovely and will be delicious!
There is a long list of things that I think are going to make this year easier. Some of them have yet to happen but they will (i hope). I am so grateful that I get to go for it again, this time with people by my side and a years worth of experience under my belt. And every time the stress rises to the surface, making things a little trickier, I turn to a good friend. She keeps reminding me, with every new trial, that things are usually more difficult the first time. Ah, yes, growing pains...
Until next time, Onward and upward!