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The first Spring Share delivery is coming up soon – April 28th. We planted seeds on February 15th and look how big they are already. Lettuce heads, scallions, bok choy, fennel, dandelion greens and a whole list of other fast growing greens. The plants grew under lights in our basement for three weeks until we turned on the greenhouse this week. We farm in our house in early spring. It’s cozy and warm and a nice gentle way to start the season. Soon enough the farm will be humming with twenty some people each day engaged in a wide variety of activity. Winter really passed quickly, although it didn’t even begin until the end of December and ended abruptly with this amazing March warmth. For us winter ends and spring begins with the planting of seeds no matter what the weather. So even if it dares to snow again, spring is here!
These plants grew for three weeks in the basement and were transferred to the greenhouse on Monday. Next week they will be planted into the ground in the hoophouse. Here comes some delicious food!
Becky Perkins (farm cook and packing shed staff) planting seeds for the Spring Share. This winter we remodeled our kitchen. The water isn’t hooked up yet so it’s difficult to cook but we can plant seeds on the nice new counter top. For us a kitchen is all about function!
Farmer Barb Perkins putting vermiculite on top of the seeds. The vermiculite holds in the moisture and allows the seedlings to easily emerge. Under that seeding try and covered with newspaper, is a beautiful new cutting board. Can’t wait to use it, oh I guess I am.
Eric Perkins (packing shed manager) sets up horses and pvc stretches in the basement. This cave-like room stays nice and warm. Down there it still looks like an old farm house.
Here they all are, 5179 cells with seeds in them; soon 5179 plants to transplant into our hoophouse (unheated greenhouse) in March.
Your farmers Barb and David Perkins in the Grand Canyon. An amazing trip and something we have wanted to do for decades. We hiked down to the bottom, bunked at Phantom Ranch for two nights and then hiked up and out.