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A Pause to be Thankful

By | 2018-01-25T12:44:22+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Bare root strawberries waiting to be planted. We did it! Yesterday, almost all of the 80,000 bare root strawberry plants got planted by late afternoon, beating the arrival of this week’s anticipated rainstorms. All of us felt a sense of relief and well deserved accomplishment now that next season’s strawberry crop is safely [...]

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Field Walk – January 2015

By | 2018-01-29T15:15:24+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes|

The farm's winter fields are a patchwork of cover crops and winter veggies.  Take a walk through them with us and see all the changes.  Click on the highlighted text to reach related previous posts. It seems strange to have to irrigate in January yet there were only a couple of brief rain storms [...]

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Every Seed Tells a Story

By | 2018-01-26T13:01:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” - Henry David Thoreau, The Dispersion of Seeds. Warm weather, last weekend’s replenishing rain, and days getting noticeably [...]

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The Hands that Feed Us

By | 2018-01-26T12:59:45+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

The long awaited tomatoes are gradually ripening, and as much as we’d like to encourage them to ripen faster the first harvest typically is a teaser and doesn’t yield enough for everyone’s shares. Get your salt shaker out. Our Early Girl dry-farmed tomatoes are almost ready. A wave of new crops is at [...]

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We are all in it together – From the Ground Up!

By | 2018-01-25T12:43:52+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

The soils that should be saturated from winter rains right now are drying out instead. I notice that the “itch” I get at the beginning of every season to prepare the soil and start planting seems too early. After rejuvenating rains in December, we haven’t seen any precipitation. January should be the wettest month of [...]

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Field Walk – December 2014

By | 2018-02-01T11:47:08+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Crop & Field Notes|

Take a walk with us around the farm to see the changes from the recent three days of rain. The apple trees still have some leaves, though they are yellowing as the days grow shorter. The green band in the middle of the row is a sprouting cover crop. Farmer Juan, on [...]

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Newbies on the Farm: a Bug, a Truck and a Cow!

By | 2018-01-26T13:02:44+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Let’s start with the “bad bug” news. The prolonged heat wave we experienced last week may have extended the harvest of dry-farmed tomatoes, green beans and peppers for a few more weeks but on the flipside it also attracted a new exotic heat loving insect pest, a stink bug called Bagrada. This African native has [...]

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My Notebook – Walking the Land

By | 2018-01-25T12:47:53+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

On my field walks I never tire of digging, tasting, smelling, touching, and observing the constant changes taking place on the farm, whether it’s in the fields, orchards, or non-cultivated wild spaces. Right now, as we approach the Summer Solstice, the farm is a continuously changing canvas of activity and fertile growth. I try to [...]

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Foraging and U-Picking the Abundance of Summer

By | 2018-01-25T12:46:17+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

Summer foraging is one of the great pleasures here on the farm, and with the abundance of harvest-able crops right now it doesn’t take much of a field walk to fill a bushel basket and one’s tummy all at the same time. A typical walk for me starts in the apple orchards.  August is a [...]

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The Joy of Community Farm Days

By | 2018-01-25T12:46:06+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Events, Farm News & Tom's Reflections|

The French called tomatoes “pomme d’amour” or Love Apples, and I agree, what is there not to love about tomatoes - this year’s crop of dry-farmed tomatoes with it’s “alluring” deep red colors are bursting with “seductive” rich flavors. Saturday’s Tomato U-Pick was testimony to how much we love tomatoes. The image that brings a [...]

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