We have been busy working to get the new farm in operation. We have had a few minor set backs in the past few weeks, but with farming those are to be expected. The new fence that was constructed was 7 feet tall and that was not quite tall enough to deter the deer. Larry, Jed and Duane have been working hard to add two feet of barbed wire to the top and now at 9 feet tall, the deer have decided to find a new place to snack.
We have added a few new people to our team, Duane, whom I have just mentioned and Katelyn. Please check out the profile tab to learn more about our interns and where they are from. Farming is hard work and without a solid team to do the work it can be very difficult. We are very blessed with the people that the Lord has send to work with us this year. You will all get a chance to meet them at the farmers market or if you would like to come tour the farm sometime…we would encourage you do do that!
We have many things growing in the new field, and we are just weeks away from a bountiful harvest.
We now have three filed houses with tomatoes, peppers and eggplants along with our 90 foot green house that is filled with tomatoes.Larry is planting 2-3 times more food this year, as we have had more restaurants interested in using our produce then ever before. We are also looking forward to a big CSA year with 49 members! Thank you to all of our loyal supporters. For those picking up boxes in Rapid City the drop time has changed. The new time will be from 4:30-7:30 PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4703 South Canyon Rd every Monday starting July 9th.
Rainbow chard, kale, bok choy, collards, lettuce, radishes, turnips, melons, squash, cucumbers, spigarello, onions, leeks…oh the list could go on and on. We are so pleased that the new field is doing so well. Because it had been in alfalfa for so many years we were expecting a good outcome and we were right. The plants are happy and enjoying the nutrients that this field is providing.
With the high heats we have also added many feet of drip tape irrigation so that there is less moving and more watering happening. We are anticipating a dry season, so we are doing our best to prepare for the much needed watering that will need to happen to keep the plants happy.
I am excited to tell you that I have planted ~ 900 row feet of flowers this year and they are starting to germinate. Sunflowers, zeina’s, borage, a beneficial insect mix and a bee mix for our new members of the farm…our honey bees. We have purchased two hives and Olivier, ex-farm volunteer, who is now a licensed therapist working for BHHEC, is the bee keeper of our new family members.
With so many new and exciting things happening on the farm we are looking forward to an amazing season…and in sharing our nutritiously delicious produce with you!