What's New this Year?
A NEW HIGH TUNNEL
The biggest new news is that we are putting up a hightunnel this Winter! We are looking forward to growing early and late season crops under this protective cover. It is a real joy working in a hightunnel when it is cold out and all those little plants are growing. We have plenty of work yet to do to get to that point. Next part of the construction includes putting up the bows and fastening them all together. Once that is done, we can put up the end walls and plastic covering. We need to work around the weather. March is a windy unpredictable month.
We are looking forward to fixing our irrigation pond this year! We've been talking to contractors after having gone through the permitting phase. The pond was initially constructed in the the late 1970's and the pond pipe has just rotted out allowing the water to just run through rather than "pond Up". This is a really big project that we have been working at behind the scenes now for several years. To have an abundance of irrigation water is a delightful thought!
REMOVING THE ORCHARD
We have decided to remove our old peach and apple trees this year. The orchards have grown old and tired and unfortunately it is no longer feasible to continue cropping them. This is a sad thing, but it is reality. It's time to just face the music. We have fruit growing friends who specialize in tree fruit, and we plan to purchase peaches and apples from them. We can support other local growers and continue to offer a fine product both to csa and retail customers.
This should be a good year for our asparagus field. We planted a 1/4-acre field 3 years ago. This should be the first year of a sizable harvest. Up until now it has been a lot of work with eyes to the future.
DEER FENCING UPDATE
Though no longer "new" we continue to fully appreciate the investment in our deer fence that we made a couple of years ago. What a complete game changer! We spent a lot of money to keep these cute though highly destructive creatures from destroying our crops! We are now thankful that they are on the outside.
NEW CROPS IN THE MIX THIS YEAR
We’re experimenting with new varieties of melons, peppers and leafy greens this year. We are also expanding our sweet corn growing this year!