So a little over a month ago, we cleaned out a good part of our farm, then planted rye, so that it would grow up and protect our soil from water and wind erosion, add organic matter to the soil, and absorb nitrogen and other nutrients to stop them from leaching: But actually, the picture is from just a week ago. After planting, we didn't get any rain for like a month, and now it's too late to grow much. So we have a big area of our farm that was going to be all green and protected, and now its just bare.
our house looks like a home on the outside, and it is a lovely shade of blue! inside, we're still racing the winter, trying to get water, heat, a kitchen, etc. it's been awesome weather the past 3 weeks, and that has been helping tremendously. if you are a skilled carpenter, or chimney installer, or have other such skills, we're definitely feeling the pressure of the cold weather, and could use your help almost any time.
our house isn't done yet, but this is what it looks like now.
Sunday, september 26th, we're having a party.
Yes, there are other things happening that day, like the barnowl band concert, and maybe an art-fair in ames, but nonetheless, we hope you will also come see us.
if you want to experience sweet potatoes in their entirety, you can help us finish our harvest. please bring a shovel or digging fork, and clothes that like to get dirty.
4pm : House blessing
I wanted to give everyone a little update as to our new friends that will hopefully be occupying
I was a little late in erecting the house because most temperate bat colonies start dispersing in late July as young begin flying. In August, most are in the process of migrating. I hope to have a few bats in the home before winter, so that when they roost to form a nursery in the spring they will flock in large numbers.
I think I saw this one yesterday:
Hello Mustard Seed community!
This summer has seen many people enjoy a multitude of experiences at the farm and I am no exception. I know there are many of you who wish they could come to the farm but are unable so I thought I would share a short mulling about a potato digging experience I had in hopes you might get a glimpse into a experience at the farm and enjoy it as much as I did.
(some text/illustration by nicholas)
Is this global warming? We got 10-15 inches of rain in about a week, which seriously messed up our soils structure and water content, while also carrying part of our soil away (see more pictures below).
Today we harvested our honey for the year. Above you can see about half of it. In total, we probably got a little less than 2 gallons of honey, a good portion of which will go to our CSA.
Here's what the honey comb looked like before we harvested it: