By: Farmer Richard
It’s been 7 weeks since the last farm update we shared with you on April 19, written with a foot of snow on the ground! In that update we reported that this year sets the record for the coldest and wettest spring in the forty plus years since I started farming! Despite that crazy, wet, snowfall in late April, we were able to do our first spring planting on April 24 which is one full week later than any other year I’ve had farming. The late start to the season would suggest that all of the crops would be later and heat loving crops like tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers would be equally late and have a short season, barely making it before the first fall frost! Well folks, keep reading as I have some good news!!
|Onions in the greenhouse|
|Antonio, Jose Luis & Carlos laying out hoops to cover zucchini|
|Strawberries right after the covers were taken off.|
|Zucchini plants thriving after being uncovered!|
We have two crops of sweet corn and beans up and growing and one planting of edamame. We lost about 25% of the first planting of corn to the Red Wing Black Birds. Unfortunately they found that they could dig up the corn seed that was planted shallow because the soil was cold and we wanted the seeds closer to the surface so they would receive heat from the sun. These were pretty determined birds that didn’t seem to mind the “scare eye” balloons and shiny streamers we put in the field to try to deter them. They ignored our tactics and continued to dig up the seeds. So our solution was to feed them organic corn on the edge of the field. That actually did work as a decoy and and we still have 75% of the crop! It’s hard to get upset with these birds, after all they have babies to feed and we’re always encouraging parents to feed their young ones more organic vegetables!
|Luis and Felix G mastering the new cultivator|
|HVF crew hand weeding parsnips.|
Our Strawberry Day event is coming up on June 17, and yes it looks like we’ll have strawberries! We hope to see you at the party, or join us for the weekend and do some camping! We have had a few CSA member visitors this spring and we welcome more. If you’re interested in camping, we’d love to offer you a spot in one of our two campgrounds or reserve our cabins for your stay.
|Bee pollinating the strawberries|