No Better Time Than Now!

February 8, 2021

Hello everyone and happy February.  We seem to be right in the middle of winter with lots of precipitation.  If you have been out to the farm recently, you probably noticed all the mud.  We can’t seem to dry out enough before we get saturated again with more rain.  Our average rainfall for this area is 45 inches and last year we had 120 inches, almost three times more than the usual average.  As the looks of it so far, we are on the way for another 120-inch rainfall year.  I am diligently trying to implement earthworks to catch, store, and sink all the rain that I can on our property.  I encourage everyone to look into how you can also catch, store, and sink water onto your own property.  Harvesting Rainwater by Brad Lancaster is a great resource to start learning all about rainwater.

There is no better time than now to start learning about harvesting rainwater and how to use that rainwater to grow your own food and beautiful edible landscapes.  Lately I have been learning about the abundant and wonderful nutrition that can grow from healthy soil and more importantly how much medicine and health promoting foods and herbs can be produced all around from different spaces on the farm.  Not only are we focusing on growing vegetables, fruits, fats, and proteins, but we are preparing to embark on a mushroom venture.  There are so many wonderful gourmet mushrooms that you can grow on various woods in our region of the United States.  Join us Saturday, February 27th for our first mushroom workshop to learn everything you need to know to grow your own gourmet mushrooms.  Be sure to sign up quick before this class fills up as we only have a few spots left.  If you are not able to attend, we will be recording all the sessions and selling the mushroom workshop as a self-paced course.

Even though we are in the middle of winter, now is a great time to plan your garden spaces and figure out what you want to grow.  This winter we installed a couple small green houses to grow some cold hardy veggies and to be able to start seeds to get an early jump into spring planting and preparations.  We will also be selling all types of vegetable seedlings for transplanting right into your gardens.  We will also have Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company garden packages available with a variety of veggies to grow throughout the year if you’d rather start your own seedlings.  We should be receiving our seeds from Baker Creek within the next week.  Stay tuned so you can get your seeds while they last.  Baker Creek is selling out of their own inventory very quickly and we are very thankful to be able to order through their wholesale program to offer seeds to everyone in our community.

Brian Bowen

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