2012 Newsletter #19 – Putting the Farm to Bed

The days are getting shorter, colder and wetter, AND it’s getting harder to get out of bed in the morning… That means is time to start putting the farm to bed for the winter. There is lot’s to do to prepare the farm for the freezing and flooding that lurks in our future from now until March. The plastic has to come off all the tomato hoop houses so snow and wind don’t take them down. The trellises used for peas and tomatillos need to be broken down and stored. It’s time to pull up all of the irrigation pipes, and pull the pumps from the river. All of the farm equipment has to be winterized and moved to the ‘critter pad’ — the highest ground on the property, which stays dry in all but the largest floods. The field crew & interns are laying floating row cover (white semi-permeable fabric that keeps the heat in and bugs out) over our beds of lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips & young brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower & cabbage). The perennial berries need to be pruned & mulched to be kept happy through the cold months. Garlic still needs to be planted this month for harvest next summer. Every day we are harvesting as much storage crop as space will allow: parsnips, Japanese turnips, carrots, beets, potatoes and leeks — we will store these root crops now to put in your boxes and sell at market through December. And, once all of this season’s crops are harvested we sow our cover crop seed. … click here to read full newsletter