Welcome friends, family and all for visiting our new blog site. We like our new home at wordpress. Unfortunately, when I deleted my old gmail account–our blog account went out into the ether as well. Fortunately, we still have all of the photos on our computers, but the content is gone forever. We’ll have to take some time to reflect on what has been going on here at the farm since we arrived in March so that we don’t loose that knowledge.
Life has quieted down quite a bit on the farm in comparison to all of August. Andrew and I got married on the farm with the help and support of our family and friends. After weeks of working on the flowers, lawn maintenance, trash moving, mulching, weeding, watering and focusing on many details of the event…here we sit, married and content and happy to be at this next stage in our lives.
The quite won’t last for much longer, however. During the midst of all the wedding planning madness, we were also applying for a beginning farmer loan through the Farm Service Agency. We closed on the loan the second week in September and have just begun to start investing in our larger projects. Just as a refresher, the following is what we are using the funds for:
- movable hoop house: $10,000
- awesome diesel truck: $4,500 (we also want to filter used vegetable oil and convert the engine to run on this–forgot to budget for that
- very simple transplant greenhouse: $1,000 (using recycled materials)
- Harvesting equipment: $300
- Perennial planting stock: $600 (raspberries and sunchokes)
- Logo : $300
- Season extension tools: $1,500
- New well for farm and house: $10,000
- Farm tools: $2,500
- Farm market supplies: $400
- Office equipment: $500
- Post harvesting/prepping area: $600
- Soil improvement: $2,000
- ’10-’11 Operating costs: $8,240 (NOT including labor…because I’m doing it for free for now!)
We’ve got quite a plan together for the fall, which includes hopefully having some greens for sale for thanksgiving time. We might try to sell it through Andrew’s work and also start bringing samples to local restaurant. For the next week or so we will be prepping beds, ordering tools and equipment, and adding a lot of organic matter to the soil.
This is my favorite time of year to work in the garden. The cooler temperatures, the slower growing weeds and critters all make fore more lovely working conditions. Although, we’ve started to notice the deer which were MIA all season, starting to reappear. Guess we need to add ‘dog’ to our to-do list.