What's new at the farm, spring, 2019

It has been a long tine since I last wrote in the blog. The farm is owned now by a nonprofit called Homesteads for Hope. Our farmer friend had retired and sold the farm. Meanwhile, the new owners allowed us to continue to farm there. We are grateful, as there is a good water source, the fields are great., and the company of staff, and students is also super.

This year we have moved down the hill to another field, which meant that we had to transplant all of our perennials. I am hoping they still flower! The location is better in some ways, the soil has not been steadily farmed in a while, which means the fertility will be better. We are closer to the barns, and the students will be helping us. In turn, we will be teaching the students about flower farming and making bouquets.

Last fall we added about 80 Peonies, which will produce enough flowers for sale in 2020. We have some older Peonies which will produce this summer. Peonies are such luscious and colorful flowers!

It’s May already, and we are super busy getting all of our annuals out into the field. It has rained often this month, so we run out there every dry day we can. The plants look so tiny, and the ground very bare. I always keep in mind that in a month there will be tons of weeds and larger plants, so I have to plan for that. Weed control for us is Biodegradable mulch, and bark mulch. No chemicals! This year we will be adding a cover crop to the aisles, to control weeds, add fertility, and create green smooth pathways.

I am excited to be back at the Brighton Farmers Market this season, and to also sell bouquets at the Homesteads for Hope new Farm store. Look for flowers in mid June!

Mother's Day

Tomorrow is Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mom's out there. I am a Mom also, so I know how you feel. Being a Mother is one of the best things in life. On Mother's Day I think about my three sons and all that they have accomplished. I especially am happy to just have their company! It's the simple things that matter the most.

It's May and I must confess I have not been a regular writer for the blog. I will try to make up for that. For this month, we have been busy as bees out there in the field, planting and cleaning up the debris from last year. 

The Daffodils came up and looked beautiful! The Irises, Lilies and perennials, are all poking their heads up and growing. The birds have been singing their songs with a happy glee, so glad it is spring. The canal is full of water again, and ducks, geese, have all been arriving. 

I think about the flowers to come, all that I want to plant in the fields, and all that it could be. I am planning an open house this summer, which will be during the height of the summer. See you soon!

Dana

December, 2017

It's safe to say I didn't have enough time to write a blog post for the rest of the fall season. October was a whirlwind month of market days, flower orders, Dahlia harvests, protecting the flowers from frost, and cleaning up the fields. It was overwhelmingly busy!

Still, the fields were beautiful, full of flowers and grasses. The extended warmth made the flowers bloom at full peak. Our Dahlias were never before so beautiful!

Now we are busy planning our 2018 summer season. It's been a month or two of seed orders, Dahlia tuber orders, and much more. There is race out there to order everything to be ready for the following year, and we are part of it. It is difficult to get ready for Christmas and plan for next summer, but we must. 

Never the less, it's so exciting to see what new colors, and flowers are available! I can picture it all in my head, as they will look in bouquets. Dreaming of a warm summer with beautiful flowers!

We are grateful for all that we have, and for our wonderful customers, CSA members, and wedding clients. We wish everyone a wonderful and happy Holiday Season! 

Early Fall

I can't believe it's September already! The summer went by in a whirlwind of Farmers Market days, weddings, and CSA shares. The flowers went into full production by the end of June, and the colors were just amazing all summer long!

When I walk through the fields there is definitely a sense of fall with the grasses turning a golden color, the birds hurrying to eat enough seeds, the cooler air, and the quiet breeze. Yet the flowers are blooming like crazy, the Dahlias have just started, and the Zinnias are so bright! The Broom Corn is majestically tall, the Sunflowers are above my head, and everyone else's!

I hope the flowers keep blooming and we don't have an early frost!

Dana

 

 

 

May 2nd, 2017

Spring is here! The leaves are swelling and opening on the trees, there's pollen everywhere. The fields are bustling with activity, when it is not raining out that is! The forecasters had said it would be a cool, wet spring, and for the most part, they have been right.

We have been planting seedlings out into the field, scrambling to get plants out there before it rains again. Our little greenhouses are bursting with plants ready to be planted out in the field.

It's so exciting and uplifting to see green plants ready to go into the ground!

Behind the scenes I am busy preparing things to get ready for the coming season. Our flower CSA is open for new members, and I am busy planning special events. For information about our Flower CSA, please see the Flower Share page.

It's raining again...oh well, better than a drought! Stay happy!

Late winter

There is so much to do and so little space for everything! That is the story every spring before we can plant the seedlings out into the fields. The seeds have been planted, the seedlings are growing. The bulbs and plants are on their way.

This is the time of year when what is done (or not done), affects what will bloom in late May and June. It pays to be organized!

Right now Mother Nature is blowing snow out there in a later than usual snow storm. But under the snow the perennials are slowly waking up, and the Daffodils are poking their leaves up for a little look around. The spring birds arrived early this year, and it's a pleasure to hear them sing.

Soon we will be out every day planting!