Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter storage basket

Jen and Whitney put together this storage basket, loaded with preserved farm goods, for the school auction. It weighed in at 20 lbs and sold for $150.

Credit for these super cool labels goes to Whitney.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The chestnuts

Chestnut blight fungus, introduced in 1904, destroyed more than 4 billion American chestnut trees. These are probably hybrids of European (sweet) and American or East Asian.

Chestnuts are apparently good nectar and pollen producers for honey bees. Our PNW pollinator guides don't mention this but chestnut honey production seems to be alive and well elsewhere.

Double and triple layer drying system. We don't dry them for long,two to three days, then store them ventilated at a refrigerator temperature, which is in the mudroom these days.

and its leaves

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New indoor growing

Our new 35x50 hoop house went up in March. This summer we amended it with okara and grew a nice buckwheat cover crop. In early October we planted lettuces, mustards, kale, over-wintering broccoli, choi, radish and spinach to last us into spring. This weekend Bob and two dads from the school will put the end walls up. Just in time for heavy winds and freezing temperatures!

Our farmer and my wife

The big picture

This is a sketch of the 18 acres - orchards, annual fields, ponds, open pasture, and buildings.