March is a crazy month on the farm. The weather has begun to warm a bit and soil workable once more. It is also a rainy month so when the sun shines we work sunup to sun down getting those crops planted. We have been planting for the past few weeks…taking chances and installing low tunnels over beds in hopes the temperatures don’t drop below 28. The tunnels only hold about a 4 degree higher temp at night. We have been moving right along though for our spring crops. Mark and I have a lot of beds to repair this spring. We use a raised bed system in our production field which is one of the reasons we can plant out a couple of weeks earlier the if we were going straight into the ground. One of the main projects this month is for us to replace some of the wood that we use to make our raised beds. Most of the wood is over 8 years old and have been flipped twice. That is we have dismantled the beds before and turned the inside wood that is touching the soil and flipped them over so that in the inside wood becomes the outside side….huh…anyway now both sides are rotten and will no longer hold the soil in place. This is an expensive project with about 20 beds that measure 4x40ft that need replacing. The flood last may well left most of the bottom beds covered with water for days adding to there demise.
We held interviews for potential farm crew this season. It is a tough gig working on a farm no matter the size and we are looking for those that really want to learn about organic farming in hopes of one day building their own farmstead. This is too hard and not enough money for those that are just looking for a part time job. Theses people never last come June when the days get very hot and uncomfortable. Another thing is that we are a family ran farm so we look for a good fit that can work within that dynamic. Hopefully over the course of the next few days we will find this seasons crew.
Well, back to the field…I have lots to get into ground today.