Where has January and the first part of February gone? We have no idea where the winter is going.
We were enjoying the “snow free” days. They have given us a chance to catch our breaths after all the snow we received earlier in the winter.
We have been busy preparing for spring. All our seeds are ordered and most have arrived, other than a few backorders we are waiting on. We have been busy starting lots of seeds and will be transplanting into the greenhouses soon for succession plantings. There always seems to be something growing at the farm.
This is also the time we pick up some courses, information sessions and meetings. Carey spent part of a morning at Central Queens Elementary school helping to educate the students about agriculture. They students there have a light garden on loan to them from the Agriculture Sector Council. They are growing beans and marigolds under some grow lights, and using different growing mediums. They have also learned through trial and error about daylight needed, and soil temperature.
Carey took in some seeds and challenged the students on what they might be. They were surprised at how small some of the seeds were, the difference from one vegetable to another and also the similarities between the seeds as well. She also took in some purple carrots and potatoes for them to see. The potatoes were used as stamps in the end. The students seem to have enjoyed themselves.
We are working on getting back to weekly veggie boxes. That is planned to happen again after March break. We thank everyone for the patience and understanding as we work through the challenges of another tough winter. Each winter is different and extremely difficult to plan. We are starting to see more growth with the longer days, especially now that we are over more than 10hours of sunlight.
Ten hours of sunlight is what is needed for the plants to really grow. Some plants need less but on average most plants need 10 hours to really start to put the growth on. The cool (not cold) nights, and warm days will help.
We are now facing the challenges that on sunny days the greenhouses and tunnels can get too warm if we do not open them up. This can make it difficult to leave the farm through the day for an extended period of time with temperatures increasing and decreasing as quick as they can. We try and slow down both the increases and decreases.
The egg production seems to have increased back to where we want it. It was a little discouraging for two weeks when it just dropped off. The hens got stressed with the sudden drop in temperature after the milder days we had. We were down to getting a dozen eggs a day from all the hens. (approx. 250).
As we continue to plan and prepare for the upcoming season we appreciate your patience. We will be starting to take customers from the waiting list, and then the spring box list after that. This is the time of year that we seem to have a lot of
interest in the veggie boxes while home gardeners wait for their gardens to come on and while supply at the market is low.