Wednesday, April 22, 2009

30,000 transplants later

After two solid days of toiling in the sunny Spring heat, we have transplanted over 30,000 seedlings into the fields.

We now have lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, celery, celeriac, cabbage, and who knows what else in the field. Our crew of six, plus Mike and Patrick, put in long hours with very little complaining.

Liana, Jesus & Francisco load flats of plants from truck to transplanter.

Half a day's work is shown here below:

It doesn't look like much now, but in a few months it will be lush and beautiful!

I am officially exhausted. i must be getting took me two days to fully recover my sore muscles.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Keeping up with the Toddler

I am in a constant state of awe when it comes to to the curiosity, speed, and tenacity of miss Natalina. She stands next to me, trying to open a packet of flower seeds. When they won't open, she shakes them, turns them around and around, and finally forces the glued flap to peel back, dumping the whole packet on the floor. next, seed dispersement: her hands go immediately to the floor, pushing the seeds wildly across the carpet. Success! Now, on to the Barn Stomp photos.

She'll make a fine farmer some day.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Greetings from the Boistfort Valley!

The cherries are blooming, the sun is shining, and the seedlings are reaching skyward. We’ve been especially busy these past few weeks, plowing the fields and preparing for Summer. On Wednesday, April 8th, we seeded our potatoes and our first crop of peas, transplanted early lettuces, and worked into the darkness seeding carrots, beets, radishes, and spring greens. So much work—odd that it fits into this tiny amount of typed space…

We've started several new drop sites for the 2009 Summer season, including West Seattle, the Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown, and Queen Anne. Wedgwood and a North Seattle drop are also in the works.