Thursday, May 29, 2014
Montavilla Farmers Market this coming Sunday, June 1st from 10:00 till 2:00, and every Sunday until the end of October. The address is SE Stark St-Washington St Alley Portland OR 97215. We will have spring greens, onions, herbs, some summer squash and more. Come see us at the market!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There have been some disappointments, it would be silly to say otherwise. Like the very special, expensive cuke seeds that were our hope of the earliest cucumbers ever! They made beautiful starts but after they spent a few days planted in the tunnel they just up and damped off completely. Hmmm..... Later info from mentor farmers told us they were prone to this disability, but it still stings some.
Today, Sunday 13th, was gorgeous. The doors to all tunnels open wide for ventilation. There's some scheming going on for a pulley system to make it easier to open and close the ends, especially for mom when she is on duty. Scouring at a local farm estate sale presented the pulleys for this project.
The ongoing fertilizer injection system is still a mystery. How do the big guys do this and where did that pump disappear to after last season anyway???
at three weeks old just moved out to the big house and the second wave of 7 more are started inside. We went with an assortment of six or seven breeds for variegated egg color and production. All 18 seem happy and well. They look a bit like disgruntled teenagers at this stage.
Over all we're off to a pretty good start. Winter was good- lots of blissful days on the mountain (farmers play in the Winter). Looking forward to a season of plenty and many long days in the field. Till next time. Happy Spring!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
February on the farm is still a bit sleepy but things are definitely underway. The first pepper and tomato babies have struggled a bit with this cold snap even though they have a heated space and there was a small mouse invasion of seed eaters. Early till areas are still waiting under covers and the garlic and onions appear to be okay. The propagation house is cleaned out and ready for another season.