Life on the Farm

Friday, September 29, 2006

last day on the farm 9/29/06

Yep, today was the end of my apprenticeship at Crown Point. It's a pretty weird feeling right now. I worked with a lot of great, fun, and interesting people. Real cold, muddy, and wet today. Arrived early and went up and started harvesting parsley, and the rain started coming down something fierce, but as I looked west I saw a huge double rainbow that just took away all of my wetness and cold. Soon after some geese flew overhead and I could hear their wings flutter (and some muted as they went by, but thankfully not on me). Carrots seemed to take forever today. Today was also cool because Kathy finally got to come out and join me. I felt like a little kid waiting for my friend to show up. Beth had her working on the kohlrabi for awhile, before she joined Dwayne and I on the radishes. We made pretty quick work of the bins once the carrots were washed, and it was lunch time. Beth made me a tasty poppy seed cake and Larry chipped in a delicious tapioca pie. Kathy had to leave after lunch. I did one last round of chickens, got some market stuff ready, and ended my day with an exit interview with Sister Joanne. I did it. I'm proud to say I farmed the last six months, and I still am interested in farming. I don't know what the future holds, but I've learned a great deal here at Crown Point.

Friday, September 22, 2006

119 days on the farm - 9/16/06

Tim showed me my mission: weed and thin three 130 foot beds of carrots. Well, thankfully four other people came through the fog at various times and we kicked the carrots' butts. We actually wound up doing four and a half beds when all was said and done.

121 days on the farm - 9/22/06

Waiting to bust loose!


Beautiful blood-orange sunrise poking through the gray clouds as I made my way up the gravel driveway this morning. It's hard to believe that a week from today will be my last day. As I walked around the farm today i got misty eyed thinking about not being here. to work for such a worthwhile entity has been a blessing and so good for the soul.

Verna and I got our marching orders for harvest and set out on the collards, kale, bach choi, and scallions. we later did peppers, eggplant, basil and shiso. Verna and I stayed out in the fields because there were plenty of volunteers to help with the weighing and washing. The aracauna chickens have helped us erase our egg IOUs that had piled up. So I cleaned my last batch of eggs this week. I never really minded all the uh... crap when dealing with said eggs. Anyway, I was so hopped up on Verna's chocolate marshmallow crispie treats that I didn't go to lunch at noon but rather took the clips off the rest of the tomatoes. After I did come down, I ate lunch. I finished the day with Beth and Alice doing market stuff.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

120 days on the farm - 9/20/06

Real crisp morning at 7am with wind coming in from the north and dark clouds looming. With that being said, the sun was peak from the east. Had my stocking hat on and Verna saw me with and thought she'd do the same. It was pretty cold. Plenty to harvest: shiso (Japanese herb), carrots, basil, and eggplant. Had help with the rest of the crops which was help. Before I knew it, 11:45 had arrived and we hadn't boxed the food. Eggs are easier with anacauna chickens because they lay more and they are neater i.e. less crap on the eggs. Afternoon was caught up in reeling in more drip line and getting clips off tomato plants.

Our Welcome to Crown Point sign

Sunday, September 17, 2006

118 days on the farm - 9/15/06

A sheep just hanging out.

I want food!

SOLE SURVIVING TURKEY! White turkey is only survivor of four after coyotes rampage family and friends.

Another Friday with very little help. Atl east there weasn't much to harvest. Beth also needed help with market wehich went picking more carrots. People can't seem to get enough of them down at the market. We sold over 70 pounds of them last week.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

117 days on the farm - 9/13/06

Well I finally hurt myself today at the farm. I was pruning the greens off the carrots with the pruners and cut open a finger on my right hand real good where it bends - of all the things to happen!?! It didn't hurt too bad at first, but it wouldn't stop bleeding for quite some time. I finally got it stopped. I could probably afford a stitch or two. After getting the blood stopped, i joined Beth back out in the field. Harvest was easy even with few folks because there just isn't a lot this week. Afternoon was spent reeeling in various lengths of drip line. Beth and Tim headed out about an hour before I did. Tim was using the Ford tractor when the front right wheel fell off. Thankfully, it didn't tip, but he couldn't turn the compost any further.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

114 days on the farm - 9/6/06

Terchnically, I didn't "work" on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday because of the holiday but I did come in all those days to feed the chickens and water the greenhouse. I also washed the CSA bins Sunday just to get things out of the way for today. Well yesterday I began my other job as gifted coordinator of Cloverleaf Schools and education consultant for Buckeye Schools, but for the month of September Medina is letting me finish up my Crown Point obligations which is cool and was unexpected. It's weird switching roles so dramatically from day to day. I'm at CP on harvest days 9 - wednesdays and fridays. Today we had alot of help so things went quickly. In the afternoon Saundra and I thinned and weeded carrots and beets. After Saundra left, I took clips off the bed of tomatoes because they're about done.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

113 days on the farm -9/1/06

Cool day this morning - maybe mid- 60s. It really felt nice. As I discussed before, I love the feel of fall and today delivered. Admittedly, what I like in the weather most of our plants don't. Verna and I hit the harvesting working on parsley and lettuce respectively. Beth and Verna then went and started on the carrots as I went and hydro-cooled the lettuce, although with the temperatures the way they were today there was no risk of that lettuce wilting. Harvesting was made quick work of and we had some more volunteers come in as well. A volunteer and I finished what is probably going to be the last of corn today - hard to believe. We actually got quite a good yield for it being the second go round for the corn. By second go round, I mean that corn has two ears: typically, the first ear is the better i.e. more fully germinated than the second one, but some of these second ears looked pretty darn good. Now with Heather leaving I'm handling her chickens, too. They are a different breed, Anacauna to be precise. They are infinitely more ornamented than the laying chickens and much tidier, too. When I went into their lay box, though, the sheep who also use the barn thought that'd be a good time to make a break for the chicken feed. I never realized how persistent a sheep could be. Here she's got all this grass to eat, but she starts gorging on the chicken feed. I finally had to move the food, and push her out of the way. It was pretty funny stuff. Tim let me split after lunch because the tomatoes aren't really going to ripen anymore in this weather, and they're having me come in this weekend while they take some time off for their anniversary. I'll be watering and feeding the chickens this weekend, but Tuesday I start my new job and I won't be at the farm as much. This feels like the beginning of a prolonged end. It'll be interesting trying to balance my new job with CP for the next month. Tim already asked me if I'm up for ten hour days when I do come in so...