|Random farm photo - our vineyard before the leaves came in|
This year, with my husband newly retired from his first career, we've embarked upon a new venture: a CSA (community supported agriculture) program. This is the same type of program that some people call "farm shares" where individuals partner with the farmer by buying a share of produce during the growing season. CSA members get a box or bag of farm products delivered to them once a week. Our CSA is very small this year - so as to not set ourselves up for failure - but we've started earlier than most in our area. The reason is that we have something most CSAs in our area don't have: asparagus!
Wednesday was a busy day on the farm. Bill and I tended and expanded the much neglected flowerbeds around our house by removing weeds and putting down mulch. One area, where I found the volunteer lettuce, we only put down a mixture of top soil and organic potting mix, then seeded with two types of lettuce. We're hoping to use it as ground cover and edible landscaping this year. I had planned on putting in flower bulbs and perennials in that space but I'll either find a new place or wait until next year.
Once again we have bees on our farm. We lost our bees a couple of seasons ago due to various reasons and the replacement hives didn't work out. So, if all goes as planned, we'll again be able to have our own honey - and sell some as well.