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. …

Strawberry Planting

Today we transplanted 1,000 strawberry plants.  Tomorrow we’ll plant the other 1,000.   This is a job I look forward to every year.  It usually signifies the first time we are planting directly into the fields.  While we’ve been working in the greenhouse for months, there is nothing like getting your hands really dirty with…

The Current Currant Situation

Today, Kaci, Zoey, and I transplanted the current currant bushes on the farm (which were doing poorly in their original location) to a new, more ideal place on the farm. We’re growing four varieties of currants on the farm: red, white, pink, and black.  If you’re not familiar with currants, you might be surprised to…

A week chock-full of sun and wind. A field full of clay.

Our greenhouse has been filling with plants since early March.  The first to have been planted were the onions (shown below), which are eight weeks old and ready to be transplanted to the field.  The field conditions, however, are not as ready as the onions.  The soil is still damp with the cold of spring…

Nicole cleaning the hives, preparing them for the new bees

Some women buy new clothes or makeup. I buy bees.

I am a beekeeper.  Not to be confused with a honey producer.  A beekeeper is more like a shepherd:  keeping watch and offering a decent place to hang out.   A less invasive approach is what I have in mind when keeping bees.  They know what they are doing and really don’t need me interfering.   I…