Nicole's feet

Farm Feet

It has been wet on the farm.  Frequent rain and constant moisture in the soil has meant a recent adjustment in the way we must transplant our crops.  Typically we use a waterwheel transplanter (above photo) pulled behind a tractor to help us get the plants into the ground.  People power is still needed to…

Row Cover and Onions

A Field of Fabric

I am always amazed at how much the farm changes in a relatively short period of time, especially in spring.  The transition from brown to green happens so quickly.  Ironically, for a short while, we won’t even see some of this new green in the field.  Why?  We keep it hidden!   Certain pests will…

ciabatta sandwich

Do you know what’s in your Bread?

(aka….Can you pronounce what’s in your bread?) Yesterday I made sandwiches.  Throughout the winter and spring I make bread, but occasionally we purchase a loaf.  Most often the purchased loaves are fairly decent loaves, but once in a while we happen to be at a store that doesn’t have the finest choices, so we grab…

Potting-up (2)

Time to Pot-up

Over the past few weeks (and for another week to come) the crew has been potting-up in the greenhouse. Potting-up is the term we use to describe the transfer of a plant from a small cell to a larger cell or pot.   Cells are the individual spaces in a plastic container called a flat. The…

Lunch (6)

A Lunch Memoir

It’s a pretty busy time on the farm in spring.  Most days we gather together for meals, but occasionally lunch is taken outside to those who are occupied with work that can’t wait for later.  When we eat outside this way it always makes me imagine a farmer from long ago.  In my image the…

Transplanting (2)

Having fun on the Water Wheel

The water wheel is not an amusement park ride.  Though it surely sounds like it could be.  It’s actually a well-known tool in the world of diverse vegetable farming.  Over the past couple of days we’ve used it to plant baby onions. Onions.   Lots of onions.  Thousands of onions.  Red onions.  Yellow onions.  White onions.  Sweet…

Heirloom Beans (8)

For the Love of Beans

Beans are a big part of our diet here on the farm.  For years it’s been the same old dry beans from the store: black, pinto, red, navy.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  There are thousands of varieties of heirloom beans.  Beautiful beans.  So many varieties that cook up so many different ways. …