Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our Trip to Big Woods Farm

To change things up a bit, the SEEDS farmers, along with the five farmers from STOGROW (St. Olaf's student-run organic farm), went on a field trip to Big Woods Farm (read more about them!).  They were so kind as to give us a tour of their farm and answer our many questions in exchange for a couple hours of work.  We helped them unroll bales of hay between rows of tomato for mulch.  With six people working on each bale, we were very successful and efficient!  We feel very grateful to have such a supportive and knowledgeable farming community around us-we definitely have a lot to learn from those who have been doing this for a great portion of their lives.

David showing us how to roll a bale of hay

Very efficient   

Other news from the farm:
1. We have the goats grazing in an electric fence area.  We had to contain them because they just couldn't stay away from our veggies!  They're getting used to it and are happier in the fence than being cooped up all day.
2. The lilies have bloomed!  They add beautiful colors to the farm.
3. The pigs are loving their muddy pig pen.  I found them munching happily away on some freshly harvested weeds.
4. Our third CSA pickup was today.  We're having a blast interacting with our CSA members and are excited to share the bounty.  Today we had assorted greens, herbs (cilantro, sage, dill, basil, mint), onions, jalapeƱo peppers, kale, and kohlrabi to send home with our members.
5. The chickens are enjoying their freedom from the coop.  They get to graze freely during the day and we're encouraging them to eat the potato beetle larvae off the potato plants.  They sort of pay attention to this...
6. This is a shot of fresh produce from our farm (onions, kohlrabi, garlic scapes). 




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