i woke up to a foggy morning and the pasture was just beautiful. There are buttercups everywhere.
We also finished the hoop house last week (when it was super hot) and got all the tomatoes in. We spent Saturday trellising each tomato plant.
We have also been spending a lot of time in the curcubites field, trying to finished getting all the melons and winter squash in. Sam and I spent all of Monday getting the last of them. I’m proud to say we’re almost…ALMOST…done! The varieties we planted are Sweet Reba (Acorn), Buttercup (my fav), Butternut, Delicata, Baby Blue Hubbard, Spaghetti Squash, Candy Roaster (pumpkin), and Jahrdale(green pumpkin).
Thursday evening we had our first apprentice workshop through MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmer and Growers Association) at Goronson’s Farm in Dresden, which is about an hour and a half from here. We had a short lecture from the Soil Guy at MOFGA, Eric Sideman, aka, ‘The Soil Fox’…on the more scientific parts of soil and than Rob Johannson talked about his farm and the more practical side of the topic of soil. I found his talk super interesting especially the parts about legumes and cover crops. His system is pretty interesting. He has all his fields on a hour year rotation, two years of vetch, rye, and oats, third year of heavy feeders, potatoes, carrots, etc. and the fourth year light feeders, spinach, lettuce, etc. and than back into vetch and rye. HIs fields were incredible. He’s been organics since the mid-80’s and it really seems like they’re got it down. He also had some great equipment. Above is his ‘G’; a tractor used for cultivating, or weeding. We have one here but it’s not quite up and running yet. I can’t wait until it is!
After a potluck of all homemade farm foods from all the apprentices we went on a hayride tour of the farm. We kind of thought it was hilarious that the dog sat in the front row with us and had to take a picture!
The Goronson’s also have a Yeoman’s plow. This is very exciting. It’s a ‘sub-soiler’, basically a plow, or more correctly, a chisel that cuts down deeply into the soil, airating it and loosening the soil without overturning everything like tilling and plowing the soil does. Too much tilling is NOT good. It turn the microbes all around and they need to be on certain levels. Here’s John getting a closer look at the chisel.