Tag Archives: local food

First Seedlings from the Greenhouse

Sunday I brought home the kale seedlings I planted March 10 from the farm. They are ready to go into the ground as soon as the soil is prepped, maybe this week. Five weeks from seed to seedling. In the … Continue reading

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Burn Pile

I lit the burn pile with two matches and a pile of scrap paper but the long branches didn’t all burn. In fact, most of them didn’t, except in the middle where fire took hold for a while then died … Continue reading

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Pivot to Gardening

The first spadeful of garden soil revealed an absence of frost the length of the 10-inch divot — and plenty of earthworms. It’s time to plant peas, lettuce, turnips — the early, albeit late vegetables. It’s also pretty exciting. Like … Continue reading

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Germinating Leeks

I felt very American on the way to the farm. A flock of wild turkeys took flight from the field on the east side of our lane, and a bald eagle was picking at a deer carcass along 120th Street. … Continue reading

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Seeders Galore

I was first to break the snow on 120th Street while driving east to the farm for a soil blocking shift. There were a lot of people in the germination shed participating in a complex bartering situation. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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40 Acres Sans Mule

There is nothing magical about 40 acres in the 21st Century. Today’s American farmers can make a living on much less, largely because of crop diversification, technology, and emerging markets for locally grown food. For a beginning specialty-crop farmer, 40 … Continue reading

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Early Garden Planting

I planted seeds at the greenhouse and am hopeful of the results. Here’s what I planted: Kale: Scarlet, Seed Savers Exchange, 60 days. Winterbor, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, 60 days. Starbor, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, 55 days. Celery: Tall Utah, Seed Savers … Continue reading

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