Spring is in full swing at the farm! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Kerry and I have been busy in the greenhouse getting plants ready for the fields and the seedling sale. One of my favorite activities is moving tiny seedlings from the small tray they started in and planting them into a bigger pot to continue growing. It’s an important and time-consuming task, but we love it!

Another project we hope to finish this week is finally installing the refrigeration unit in our new walk-in cooler. We’ve had to think of a very creative (and inexpensive) way to lift the unit high enough to install on the roof of the cooler. Thanks to an amazing volunteer who used to teach physics, we may have our solution. Keep an eye on our social media to see the final results.  

For those of you who missed our other social media post, we are in the beginning stages of installing a well at Stearns. We are thrilled to be working with the National Resources Conservation Service to determine the proper placement and design of our well. A couple weeks ago, we had Martin Geo Environmental, LLC out to do a test drill. This allowed the agricultural engineer to see where the water table is located (they hit water about 9 feet down) and take soil samples to determine our soil structure. This will help us decide what kind of well we need. There is still a long way to go, as we wait for funding and come up with a plan to get electricity to the back of the farm, but we are so thrilled to be moving forward with this. 

And finally, we are beginning to prepare the fields for planting. Our first seeding of carrots and peas will go in the week of April 10th. After that, we will begin planting our onions and shallots as well as cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, spinach, beets, scallions, broccoli, and escarole. So many things to look forward to!

Until next time,