Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting Back to Normal

What a lovely day it was today! After the last few days of very cold weather....freezing last night with a frost, today, it seemed almost unreal. The sun and the warmth made it a pleasure to get outside. The Pollinators were all over the turnip blossoms. What a sight to see Swallow Tail butterflies out, and Wild HONEY BEE's. They were crazy over the yellow flowers of the turnips tops.

We tackled the last parts of the chicken pasture fencing. And yes, I was able to actually be of some help today. My back, I happy to report has healed! I packed posts, pulled fencing, let Calum in and out of the pasture too many times to count, cleaned out the big barn refrigerator
(it is truly amazing the stuff that accumulates in that thing!), sorted vegetables and fruits for the hens, planted cilantro, and delivered 27 dozen eggs to Whole Foods Market. All in a days work!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring...and the Slow down

Well, it is Spring, but as I am reminded once again, I am not really in charge.

After raking, and weeding the entire Back Garden, hauling the leaves and grass clippings to the the tomato field, spreading new organic compose in a new 20 x 10 raised bed, cleaning 2 chicken houses, planting beets, peas, and onions, catching hens for the ALBC inspection, loading and unloading 500 lbs of grain, ... and running down to the pasture several times in a day to shew ( is that even a word?) the hawks who are circling over the hens, and crawling under the hen house to pull eggs out of the "secret nest"....... all in the last week, MY BACK has said too much!

So I am down on the couch in recovery mode ....for now. Watched "the complete story of Charlotte Bronte" (inspiration ) and napped as part of my back rehabilitation.

So much for plans. Catching up on my Java Chick Lists, and emails helps me feel as if I am doing something proactive. And I am mending at amazing pace!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Place your order for Heirloom Tomato Plants NOW

We are taking orders for Heirloom Tomato plants NOW! Mortgage Lifter, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine pink and red, Carbon, Cherry Currant, Sun Gold, Gold Medal and others.
$5.00/3inch peat pot plant. Available for pick-up at the farm. Now also available in Cary and Chapel Hill, email for details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sign Up for Produce Boxes NOW

Well, Spring is here, and the sweet English Peas, Red Onions, and Spinach is in the ground! Italian Honey Bees arrive in a few weeks, and White Ginger is going into special beds in anticipation of a fall harvest of Baby Ginger for your table. I am in a whirl as I go from one thing to the next!

Begins May 1. Produce Boxes will be available this year ON THE FARM on Sunday afternoon from 1-3; Saturday at Cary Whole Foods Market 11-2; and Wednesday 4-6 at Soil Toppers (1508 N. Main St. Fuquay-Varina). Boxes will contain bounty from the gardens as we harvest each week, including as available: radishes,onions,basil,heirloom tomatoes,cucumbers,heirloom squashes,field peas, greenbeans, melons, potatoes and more depending on the rain. Honey, eggs, and cut flowers will also be available as extra's.

Farm Tours are available Sunday 3pm by appointment-10.00 per person. Children under age 12 no charge.


Visit to Stauber Farm in Bethania, NC

I had a lovely visit with the owners of Stauber Farm just outside of Winston Salem, NC this week. A authentic working farm, on the National Historic Registry. The green hills were beautiful with lush gardens, just on the brink of bursting into foliage,and blossom. The St. Croix sheep were unexpectedly calm...and so beautiful! What a wonderful place for a wedding, or family event!

Update of the goings on at High Ground Farm

Welsumer hens are just beginning to lay. This heritage breed was originally from Holland. They lay very dark brown eggs, often speckled with darker spots, and splotches. They are gentle, inquisitive hens. Often they come over to inspect as I fill the feeders, and tidy up the chicken barn. They are very special girls.

Livestock Fencing Workshop Report

High Ground Farm was awarded a Good Husbandry Grant, from Animal Welfare Approved, for predator control. As part of fence construction, we partnered with AWA to present a Free Livestock Fencing Workshop over 2 weekends in February. What a amazing group of talented people volunteered! We had farmers from all over North Carolina gather to learn about fencing, and work together to put up the fence. Instructor John Griffin was the "captain" as he taught the basics of a good fence: post hole driving, making the posts level and plumb, pulling the fencing with a come along, stapling technique, and hanging gates. At lunch everyone come to the farmhouse for a feast of home cooked and grown produce, breads, and deserts. It was a fine time!