Hello Community Supported Agriculture members.
Welcome to a season of fresh eating!
CSA starts one week from today on Wednesday May 16th! Pickup is from 4-6pm at your location: please follow this link for your personal membership details. >>>>>>>>http://bluebirdfarmnc.csasignup.com/members/statusemail
We will send you another email with pickup logistics and detail soon....but this is the fun farm email! Enjoy the photos.
Every week you will receive a member newsletter with recipes, farm news, and a list your seasonal vegetables.
The fields are lush with delicious vegetables ready to harvest. The early warm and dry weather helped us to get a jump on the season preparing the field. We even have stayed ahead of the weeds (recent rain might change that though).
Heirloom lettuce...nice early spring varieties! We planted them in mid March. Some vegetables for CSA were started from seed as early as February. We have so many great spring veggies in the gardens for you.
Crop Circles: This spring has found us busy as usual with some exciting new projects that will help us keep growing more and better vegetables. We saw an example of a mini-sprinkler irrigation system at a friend’s farm that is perfect for some of our favorite small crops. The system uses one feeder tube for a bed that we puncture about every 5 feet. Then we place sprinklers that stand about 1 ft off the ground and emit a mist in a 3 foot crop circle. It makes gently watering a large area so easy. Right now we are using it to get better germination and growth with carrots, beets, lettuce mix, arugula, and radishes.
I'm holding bok choy, behind me is red and green lettuce, then a solid patch of kale, and then the metal hoops of the hoophouse.
Lettuce mix, arugula, and radishes are all ready now for your first several boxes. Beets and carrots are all growing away out there for harvest in June. We hope the misters will also help us extend the harvest season of some of our more delicate crops because the mist of the water can be used to help cool the plants on hot afternoons in late June.
The plastic goes on the hoop house. The tomatoes will be safe from blight in this giant umbrella.
Preventative medicine: Our other big vegetable project has been the construction of two hoop houses for tomato umbrellas. Another filed trip to a different friend’s farm inspired the construction of the hoops. By preventing the rain from splashing on the leaves of the tomatoes and the soil around the plants, we naturally control blight (a common fungus) from reducing the tomato crop and potentially killing the plants. A bit of clever engineering prevents the use of chemical fungicides. No toxic residue on our crops!
Fastening the edges...no giant hoophouse kites for us!
Organic grains are “GM”- Free: Organic grains are never genetically engineered. We are excited to replace our non-medicated, conventional grains with certified organic grains for all our animals. Not only is the organic feed free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, the fresh feed is made of cracked, multi-grains. Wheat, flax seeds, barley, roasted soybeans, winter peas, corn, and alfalfa mixed with a kelp based mineral supplement make a wholesome balanced diet for the animals. A healthier mix of multi-grain feed is healthier eggs and meat from our farm.
Checking on the sheep, hens, and guard dog. The chicken palace is in the background.
Chicken palace: The hens have a chicken palace now. Our free range hens are living in a spacious coop that is built on a hay wagon with all the amenities a chicken could desire: large doors for outdoor access, tall roosts, a self-feeding trough for organic grain, hanging drinkers, fluffy wood shavings, and cozy nest boxes. But, I think the chicken’s favorite part is the foraging trips through the tall grass in the pasture. The hens went on a road trip in their new coop on wheels. For the first time, we have hens at our leased farmland 1 mile up Silver Creek from us!