July 2011

Skunk!

  Skunks are adorable with their thick, glossy coats, dainty hands, liquid black eyes, and inquisitive noses.  How do we know?  We accidentally caught one! One of our farm managers, John Detwiler, noticed that groundhogs would often make their way along the chicken run’s fence line near the old rowboat that is overturned on the [...]

“Crunchy” is not an adjective that one usually wants to apply to one’s lawn.  But that’s precisely what the grass is this blazing, thirsty July … crunchy.   And yet, according to the weather service, we’re not in a drought.  Well, that all depends on how you define a drought, now doesn’t it?  What’s a drought? [...]

The Circus Comes to Town!

Aeronautical acrobats and and high wire acts Birds abound at the farm.  Barn swallows, bluebirds, a red wing blackbird, and 2 pairs of goldfinches flash amongst the more subdued colors of crows and grackles and mourning doves.  We’ve discovered another denizen recently, a hummingbird. Thera was walking out by the tomato trellises when she noticed [...]

Braconid Wasps versus Tomato Hornworms

          Ah, tomatoes.  We’ve harvested the first of the season.  How plump, how juicy, how tasty!  With such bounty in the offing, we look down the long days of summer with delight.  But there’s a kink in our path, a stumbling block, a veritable bug in the program, you might say.  Tomato hornworms. Neon green [...]

3rd Year Experiment: Trellises

We do a lot of “experimenting” on the farm. What will be more efficient?  What increases the health and productivity of our crops?  What have others tried?  What’s worked or not, and why?  We’re always trying something new (or old, as the case may be with sustainable farming.) There has been an addition to the [...]