Building our farm
We started our farm in 2012, and again in 2016. We sold the first place and began again, setting out the fields, tilling, planting, laying out the irrigation pipe and drip lines, etc.
We have about 5,000 feet of drip line (nearly one mile)!
We start many seeds indoors in our greenhouse in February and March, move them into the fields in June.
Some seeds are direct sown outdoors, such as Romaine lettuce and spinach, (June 2016).
In 2013, our first production season, we planted over 200 strawberry plants, 300 tomato plants, 100 peppers, 40 blueberry plants, 40 fruit trees, several varieties of raspberries and blackberries, a small vineyard, red and yellow potatoes, carrots, parsnips, rudabaga, red beets, sweet corn, summer and winter squash, melons, and more!
We moved some of the strawberries, blueberries, and a couple fruit trees to our new location.
Lettuce, kale, new potatoes and sugar snap peas are the first to come on for our customers.
We are dedicated to a sustainable production system. We irrigate by drip, using less water and electricity. We leave greens trips between rows and mulch mow. We minimize chemical use and utilize Integrated Pest Management with scouting, record keeping, and spot target spraying when needed.
We are testing non-lethal bird scaring techniques to protect our crops.
In the future we will have wind and solar panels that power much of the farm and home.
Here's a photo on 7/31/2013: