Sunday, March 29, 2015

Scallion seedlings

New endwall for the hoophouse...okay not an exciting picture, but a nice little accomplishment for the farmers.

We still have plenty of shares left in the CSA. So if the ground ever thaws we can get out there and starting growing lots of beautiful vegetables for you.
In the meantime though, the greenhouse is just about full and we will soon have to be moving onion trays outside to harden-off so that we have more room in the greenhouse. The chicks are growing quickly and we will soon have to move them into a larger space. The laying hens are out of the barn and enjoying the sun out in the field, even if there are no bugs or grass for them to eat yet.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Well its that time of year again. Our new chicks have arrived and have begun making themselves at home here at the farm. This year we decided to get Rhode Island Reds. This is a historic breed that should be good, hardy egg-layers. We will keep them in the greenhouse for several weeks until they get big enough and the weather warms up enough for them to go outside.

Don't forget the CSA if you haven't already joined this year! The greenhouse is about 2/3 full of seedlings - onions, leeks, shallots, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cabbage, broccoli. Although I have a feeling we are going to have a late wet spring and it might be a while before these can be transplanted. Despite that, robins were spotted on the farm last Wednesday and yesterday was the first day we heard the geese going north overhead and the red-wing blackbirds started to arrive yesterday evening.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

 Our new idea for heating seedlings. We built these 1"x3" frames atop our greenhouse tables and laid gutter ice melting cables inside and blue insulation board underneath. We plan to cover the cables with potting soil to help distribute the heat and protect them, then put our trays of seedlings on top. We'll see if it works!
Our empty "hotbed". It is now full of horse manure which will hopefully be hot in a couple of days so we can start planting onions and tomatoes.

Our Fall/Winter CSA has officially ended, but if you still have a remaining balance, you can use it at the Corning Winter Farmers' Market, Ithaca Farmers' Market or at the farm by appointment.

Even though it is still cold outside, please remember we are now taking CSA memberships for the 2015 CSA season. Use the link to the right or email us for a CSA brochure and membership form.