Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A little frost on the ground and a nip in the air...

Yesterday morning when I arose there was a large amount of frost accumulation on everything outside.  It is always so beautiful.  When I went out to do chores I could not resist taking a walk around the farm, listening to the stillness and watching the sun come up as it caused everything to glow white. 
 




On an unrelated note the chickens are growing well.  They are a mix of heavy breeds.  We are feeding them an almost organic feed.... what I mean is that we use Carl's grain and combine it with organic feed mix to make a complete feed... lots of good kelp and other yummies for the growing chicks.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Burn Baby Burn

Well this post is quite overdue, but I hope to get everyone up-to-date soon.


I got to use my new favorite tool a few weeks ago.  Not only does it help me manage the weed population, but it also gives me an excuse to play with fire!

I have to say that there is something primal and soothing about fire.  What is even better is knowing that you are helping the soil and killing weeds at the same time.  Earlier this fall I took care of all of the weeds that had taken over the garden last season.  Having a 20lb propane tank strapped to your back and flame-weeder in-hand is an experience that is quite rewarding.... those weeds didn't even stand a chance!

Not only does it kill most weeds that are growing, it also reduces the number of viable weed seeds.  So hopefully we will have an easier time weeding next season.  The other benefit is that all of the the ash and charcoal help enrich the soil. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Greenhouse


Well after much deliberation and debate we finally got our new greenhouse ordered from Growers Supply (FarmTek).  We went with a 22'x30' passive solar greenhouse.  It has an 1800gallon water wall on the insulated north wall.  It should really help us get a jump on the markets next spring and hopefully allow us to start producing some greens and other goodies year-round.  I am really hoping it gets here soon so we can get it up before the ground freezes solid.  If there were to happen we would have to wait until spring.  It is suppose to ge ready for pick up on the first of December.  We will see what happens.

Monday, November 8, 2010

In the beginning

Well it all begins here.  We are a small CSA farm in North Central Iowa. We provide a wide variety of fresh vegetables to our customers during the spring and summer months.  We are hoping to soon have some year round offerings.  We also have farm fresh chicken and eggs available.

I will be chronicling our adventures here as time goes on.  I will include some pictures and more details soon.