Seeds typically need to be planted 3-4 months in advance of harvest.
Right now, many thousands of plants are growing for our CSA subscribers.
This year at the farm, every Saturday is a Volunteer Day!
So if you ever wanted to be a farmer for half a day, come on out.
Full details at Saturday Farm Volunteer Days
It's fun to see Bay Area urbanites enjoying back-to-dirt work.
These volunteers planted pink lady flower bulbs above the pond.
a chicken (and shovel) for the first time.
Here's a load Saha is driving up the hill to the orchard.
Heather Lussier (a Certified Professional Photographer) donated a new one to the farm.
We put a lot of effort into improving our soil. Here I took about 100 or so partially
rotted pine wood stakes and pounded them into a hoop house growing beds.
They will rot in the ground, providing food for worms and microbes.
Ultimately turning into compost and fertilizer for the plants.
In our hoop house we've added a lot of wood chip mulch to help improve the soil.
Notice the worm holes in this picture. These worm holes provide an ideal growing chamber for plant roots. They allow oxygen into the ground and they stay moist and best of all the worm leaves it's fertilizer rich castings around the inside of the hole. It's the ideal condition for a plant root to grow into.
Here's a horde of them devouring our recent squash transplant
This guilty rollypollie just felled a tomato transplant by munching around its base.
For his crime, he was tossed out into the field.
To protect our seedlings for the munching pill bug hordes, we had to rake back the wood chip mulch.
Interesting fact: pill bugs have gills and need moist ground to breathe. So they can't stay on dry surface ground for too long. When the plants get bigger we'll try raking the wood chips back.
Many cool weather farmers cover the soil of their beds with black plastic. This helps heat and keep the soil warm, allowing them to plant hot weather loving plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, ...
For the time being we'll be doing the same.
May we all rise on the winds of change!