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Saying Goodbye to 2014 with Flair

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    In the waning days of fall, with our cover crops seeded and our frost-sensitive veggies tucked under row cover, there’s nothing left to add to the fields. So, we have no choice but to start the bittersweet process of taking it all away. We spend our meager hours of daylight pulling up drip [...]

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The End of An Era

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  It’s the end of an era on Root Mass Farm. After nearly 4 seasons with the faithful Dodge Ram ’98 van, we’ve decided to replace it with a shiny, new Ram Promaster. Our new vehicle will be more functional in every possible way, with three seats in the front for a future helper, almost [...]

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

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  This time of year, we tend to let some things go. Our drive to get fieldwork done is stifled by two complementary feelings–a weariness from the work we’ve already put in and a contentment with the results. If we just stopped working today, we could probably get you kale through November.   But, alas, [...]

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The Secret of Good Farming is Timing

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  Some (maybe most) parts of running a farm can only be mastered with lots of time. No matter how many books we browse or numbers we crunch, Landon and I just have to learn our lessons from season-to-season and make changes incrementally. When a wrong gets righted one year after it’s committed, the learning [...]

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In Pediobius We Trust

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  For the first time in a couple years, we’re harvesting more string beans than we can manage. It’s the good sort of problem farmers hope to have and one we didn’t think was possible this time last year. By September of 2013, our bean plants had been decimated by an ever-growing population of Mexican [...]

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Lots of Changes, Max

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  Not to diminish the coolness of carrots, but I wish I had included a picture of the mountain of dirty plug flats living in the barn, just so you could see the visual proof of how close we are to getting everything in the ground. The planting season begins in April as soon as [...]

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Helicopter Parent

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  If I spend too much time with any one crop, my worrisome nature takes over and I start to doubt its progress. “Is that aster yellows in the carrots?” “Did you see that shrimpy kale transplant in the second planting? Do you think its shrimpiness is contagious?” So, for the sake of my sanity [...]

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The Future is Now

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  The history of our farm so far has been one of expansion. Each season, we’ve brought new pieces of land into cultivation and tested the muscles of our two-person crew. But the field pictured above represents the end of the line for us. Once we begin farming this field next season, we will have [...]

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Bad News, Tempered by Some Good Spuds

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  Usually, we try to reserve this space for good news, but Landon and I felt it was time to share some heavier stuff. It’s about the garlic. As some of you may remember, we had some woeful disease problems with last year’s garlic crop, resulting in much lower yields than expected. We made some [...]

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Summer

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  Like big ol’ scarves and cute boots, some great things just aren’t made for summer. Alas, we have to say goodbye to the radishes, spinach, and other cool-weather veggies. They’ve hung up their “Gone Fishin’” signs and won’t be back until fall.   Fortunately, some fun-loving, heat-loving summer crops are rolling in to take [...]

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A Farm in Miniature

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    Even though the spring crops are just starting to come in, the greenhouse already looks like fall. The benches are beginning to fill with flats of kale, cabbage, broccoli and celery, and the parsnips are germinating well in the fields. It’s always fun to straddle the seasons in that way–harvesting what’s in season [...]

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Happiness is a Pea Plant in Spring

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  May is an intensive planting time on a vegetable farm, and Landon and I are grateful to be on schedule (well, mostly). Over the last few weeks, okra, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet corn, string beans, and, of course, tomatoes all moved into their permanent residences in the fields. The eggplants, peppers, and kabocha squash aren’t [...]

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An Exercise in Patience

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  Our market table has looked pretty bare for the first the two weeks of the season, and will continue to be limited for the next couple weeks.  Things are emerging from their cool spring start a little slower than we had hoped, but the cold weather finally seems to be behind us.  With a [...]

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A Thanks to our Awesome Customers

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Thanks for joining Landon and me for our fourth season!  We’re excited to have some new folks on board and excited to see some familiar faces.  There are lots of exceptional CSA options in our region, so we’re especially grateful you decided to support our little two-person, 3-acre farm.   The cool weather this spring [...]

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Top Grossing Crops per Bed Foot

Every winter, Landon and I look at the sales numbers for our major crops and calculate the biggest losers and triumphant winners.  If a crop performs well, we expect it to bring in about $3-$6 per bed foot.  Anything less than that, and we have to make some decisions about how to grow the crop [...]

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Paint Sample Challenge

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Fall fields full of kale, collards, mustards, and broccoli boast every shade of green.  From bright lime to near-navy, the beds undulate ombré.   We put together a digital version of the greens spectrum to test your fall greens familiarity.  See if you can match the green to the “paint sample” below.  Here are your [...]

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Can You Spot the Difference?

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Our compost pile is kind of a mess right now.  Where there should be decomposing organic matter, you’ll find volunteer sweet potato slips, vigorous tomatoes, and mystery squash vines.  It’s not ideal for making compost, but it’s a good setting for a game of Photo Hunt.   How does Photo Hunt work?  You look at [...]

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An Interview with Our Artist-in-Residence

An interview with Aislinn Jefferies, our 2013 artist-in-residence. Aislinn is also Landon’s sister, a fantastic help on the farm, and great company.         To see samples of Aislinn’s work, visit: http://aislinnjefferies.carbonmade.com/  

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Our Secret Ingredient

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When starting a farm, it’s hard not to use whatever random stuff is lying around to build the farm’s tools and infrastructure.  The random stuff is free and convenient, and both those things trump the aesthetics and longevity of new stuff.   Our farm is endowed with one particular type of stuff over all others.  [...]

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A Bridge Too Far

Senator Jeff Blake (R-AZ) thinks universal background checks on gun sales are “a bridge too far”.  For some reason, regulating guns seems like a scary proposition for Congress.  And yet, state and federal legislatures find plenty of time and motivation to regulate women, poor people, and farmers.  Just not guns.   Over the past few [...]

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