|Gratuitous photo of my girl Ginny|
We placed our seed orders and have gotten some of the shipments already. A new item we'll be growing is sugar snaps. This particular variety needs to be trellised so we ordered some trellis netting. Most of our soil samples for the gardens were sent off to Virginia Tech this week to check the quality of our soil.
We applied for grants to build a hoop house (a type of unheated greenhouse) and to install drip irrigation in the hoop house. If we get them, we'll be doing the installation in the fall and will be able to farm through all four seasons, allowing us to be more competitive with conventional agriculture. It's tough to try to make a living farming sustainably while Big Ag gets huge tax subsidies.
I just read on Salon that we're going to be hit with yet another polar vortex within the next week or so. I sure hope we don't have any more kids born in those frigid temps. It's hard on the mothers and the babies - and on the farmers!
Have a great weekend!