In cooperation with Kellogg Bridge Shop, Matt has ventured into operating a Farm Stand to serve the community with our surpluses. In starting out he’s focused on our surplus eggs and vegetables. It isn’t a lot this year, but planning is already underway to expand the quantities and varieties of products we can offer. Presently the Farm Stand operates on Friday and Saturday afternoons from 3 PM until 6 PM unless he sells out before closing. Stop by and give him some encouragement and maybe even pick up a few things!
It’s always a bit of gamble guessing when to start seeds in anticipation of Spring. We decided this year to grow our own onion seedlings rather than relying completely on sets. Both of us started flats of seeds, not being sure how it will go.
We at FluffyBottom Farm and Homestead felt that most standard seed racks are great. However they lack a safety net. We decided for our seed rack we would move the plants vs. the light. So we don’t risk the plants being smashed. There are three essential parts the lights which use four Low power bulbs per light unit. Then we have the seed raisers which we use to raise and lower the seeds as needed for adequate light and warmth. Next is the seed rack in which we place the seed to grow, where we have a heating pad to provide warmth from the bottom.
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While the snow continues to fall, Winter provides the opportunity to rest, renew, and review the season past. It also provides time to look forward to Spring and the changes to look forward to in the coming season. Chief among the plans is beginning the transition of the Farm’s management and day to day work. Matt, who has been a great help these past years, will be taking on more responsibilities in the operations. Much of the coming year has been planned and will be executed by him as he gains the knowledge, skills, and habits of providing for the smooth operations of the Farm. He has many ideas and hopes for new directions and I will enjoy stepping onto the sidelines as he takes on more of the responsibilities.
Now that the potatoes have several weeks of growth, when it stops raining, it will be time for the Second Phase which is during the growing season. A mixture of straw, compost and soil will be added to each tower to bury the stems a bit deeper in order to (hopefully) increase yields. To hold the next layer, additional side boards made from 1” x 6” boards will be added to each tower.
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