Tag Archives: sustainable agriculture

Farm Fleet

Every organic farm has a farm fleet — the equipment needed to make farming economically, environmentally and physically sustainable. On a recent working visit to Riverland Farm, I came across one of the nicest pieces of farm transport I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Cover Crops

Cover crops help us begin to replace the tons (literally!) of organic matter taken from the fields during the growing season. Tons (again, literally!) of compost will also need to be spread before the next growing season if we are … Continue reading

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Bedtime

We took the last of the tomatoes down today. Moved tomato stakes to their winter resting place. Mowed the pepper and eggplants. Used the disk harrow to chop up the plant debris and get the field ready for winter rye. … Continue reading

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October garden

Much of my field is in cover crop now. Oats and field peas are growing where I’ll plant first next spring. Winter rye will be sown early next week. Leafy greens that I’m growing for the Winter Share are lovely. … Continue reading

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September

September is a bountiful month on this farm. Summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zukes and cukes are still producing fairly well. Our fall and winter crops like napa, bok choy, leeks, purple top turnips, broccoli raab, radicchio, are sizing … Continue reading

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A watched pot never boils

It doesn’t matter how many times a day I examine the second planting of tomatoes, they are still green. They are not the desired red, pink, rose, peach, yellow (marbled with red veins), burgundy, or purple. Green, green, green. I … Continue reading

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July Farm Update

Lots going on at the farm this past month. Lots of planting, weeding, harvesting, twining up tomatoes, sampling cucumbers, spotting coyote and wild turkeys. Lots and lots of rain. First, the veggie report. Our spring veggies were delicious, if I … Continue reading

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June Farm Update

Yeow! Summer has arrived. Lots of moisture in the soil coupled with this intense heat — this is just excellent growing weather. We’ve still a few cool season crops to enjoy (peas should be ready this week!), but soon enough … Continue reading

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Dirty Girl Farm and Healthy Soil

Or maybe I should write, “dirty vegetable farm”, ‘tho we girls did get pretty dirty during the harvest. The lettuce we harvested this morning for the CSA had more soil on it than usual. The much needed rain earlier this … Continue reading

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May Farm Update

Much of our one acre is now planted: alliums of every type, an array of leafy greens, plus beans, beets, carrots, hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, peas, radishes. Some of these veggies are under agricultural row cover to speed their growth and/or … Continue reading

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