This Week on the Farm 5/1

By admin|May 1, 2013|Information

Well it is going to have to be a short post this week. The weather is absolutely beautiful today, so there are a lot of tasks that we need to get done before it starts raining again.

We would like to thank George Scott for coming out to the farm last Thursday to help us cut 775 pounds of seed potatoes into 2 oz pieces. We would also like to thank my sister Leah and her family and Tyler’s brother Greg for coming to the farm on Sunday to help us plant 2000 strawberry plants. We are really looking forward to our harvest off of those berries next year!

On Monday we planted all of our seed potatoes. We ended up with 10,875 feet of row, or 29 rows of potatoes. If you want to see video of how our potato planter works and video of us planting potatoes, go go out facebook page where our videos are posted.

Yesterday was a big day for us here on the farm. We had our first official inspection by M.O.S.A. to make sure we are following the N.O.P. guidelines for organic farming. If all goes well we will be able to certify four of our fields July 1 and another three of our fields September 15. This means that anything grown in these fields will be able to be called “organic.” The crops that we are growing this year in those fields include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, husk cherries, onions, leeks, scallions, and sweet potatoes.

All of our other crops are being grown in fields that were added this year. That land has to go through a three year transitional period before they can become certified organic. This means that although everything we grow is grown the exact same way, only some of our crops will be able to be called organic.

Sorry for the short post, but it is time to go plant peas!

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