Monday, February 25, 2008

I am learning how to post pictures, and didn't succeed at my first attempt. This is the picture of the little onions starting to come up.

Check out the February Greenhouse Parade

I wanted to update everyone on the growth in the greenhouse. Over the weekend we started seeing little onions start to poke their green little shoots out of the soil. At first it starts as just a few here and there--you sometimes have to look really hard to find them. We have continued to uncover them during the day so they don't get too hot when the sun comes out, but we cover them with their blanket at night to trap in heat and keep them warm. One of the most exciting times of the day is when you roll back the cover in the morning and get to see what's been happening all night. Well, this morning we discovered little Bianca joined us in our world--bianca is an Italian variety of early white cipollini onion that we usually harvest as green top instead of dried. Rossa lunga di frienzze is another Italian onion (purple scallion) that decided to make an appearance today. We also have Red Goddess, Ishikura, Nabechan, and Oasis--all early scallions. My favorite picture of the day was the one I'm going to attempt to post. I think it is amazing to see the little shoots, which seem so fragile and delicate, exert enough strength to push up the ground above them as they grow. So what you are seeing here is our little Parade onions pushing through and lifting up the soil that covered them and kept them warm. Cheers from the Harmony Valley Farm Greenhouse--Stay tuned for the latest updates! Andrea

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Planting Has Begun!!!

Greetings from our snow-insulated valley! Last weekend we had about 7 inches of snow, so our piles around the farm continue to build. Word on the street is that more snow is in our near future. Thankfully we now have a warm farm oasis to retreat to when we want to try to forget that is still winter.....our greenhouse!! Last week the crew worked hard to get the greenhouse washed, sterilized, and set up. Yesterday Hector and Simon worked all day planting onions. I am anxious to see the little green shoots start popping through the soil. We have been ordering and inventorying our seeds, germ testing them, and working on the field plans for the year. This weekend some of us from the farm will be attending the MOSES organic farming conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Richard is still working with the FSA associates to improve the NAP insurance plan and complete our claims for last year's flood. It's a long process, but Richard has been very persistent and we look forward to the day his hard work pays off not only for Harmony Valley Farm but for other organic farmers as well.

We have also been hard at work receiving applications and interviewing people for our job openings. There never seems to be a dull moment on the farm!! Stay warm and well!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Twin Cities CSA delivery sites!

We just confirmed THREE, count 'em 3! New Twin Cities Delivery Sites!

Eden Prairie!
Minneapolis Whittier Neighborhood (26th & Blaisdell)!
St Paul Macalester/Groveland Neighborhood!

Happy Valentine's Day