And we are making the most of it.  There hasn’t even been rain or snow to stop us!  The week began on Saturday with a worker share orientation.  Part of this farm’s labor comes from worker shares, members who work four hours each week for their share.  This year 40 worker shares will be helping us out.  As part of the orientation we planted squash seeds into pots.  13,600 seeds got planted into 4,536 pots (3 seeds per pot).  Fifteen of us completed the job in less than 2 hours, the power of many hands!

The biggest job of the week was potato planting.  David and Jesse spent Monday and Tuesday in the potato field preparing the ground.  On Wednesday and Thursday Chris accompanied them and they planted 15,000 pounds of potatoes on 6 acres.  15 different varieties.  We have a machine to help us plant the potatoes into the ground but many days were spent cutting potatoes into pieces (a piece of a potato is the seed).  Many pounds will be delivered to our CSA members this season and in addition many pounds will be sold to other farms as certified seed.  Our farm is certified by the state of WI to grow seed potatoes.  And since we are also certified organic we sell most of our seed to organic farms.

Of course we also spent time this week in the greenhouse planting seeds and tending to plants and transplanting plants outside and harvesting vegetables for this week’s spring share delivery.

It’s been a good week!

Planting potatoes. Jesse is driving the tractor and Chris is riding on the planter, keeping watch to make sure everything is working properly.

All of these seeds in all of these pots will become lots and lots of squash!

All of these seeds in all of these pots will become lots and lots of squash!

Ramp harvest.  The forest floor is covered with ramps, all of the green that you see on the forest floor is ramps!  Thousands of them.  We dig them in clusters, separate them from the soil and count them into crates.

Ramp harvest. The forest floor is covered with ramps, all of the green that you see on the forest floor is ramps! Thousands of them. We dig them in clusters, separate them from the soil and count them into crates.

Ramp cleaning.  Then we bring them back to the packing shed to spray them clean, band them together and dip them into a big tub of water.  Yum, they will sure taste good!

Ramp cleaning. Then we bring them back to the packing shed to spray them clean, band them together and dip them into a big tub of water. Yum, they will sure taste good!