Friday, May 22, 2015

Farm Friday

Some highlights from this past week on the farm:
  • Baked 4 loaves of bread
  • Made 3 batches of granola
  • Spent hours killing Colorado potato beetles (adults, larva, and eggs) - just part of being a chemical-free farm
  • Ordered some new essential oils - I'm determined to create a natural tick repellent
  • Got some much-needed rain - the day after we....
  • Purchased a drip irrigation system to be more purposeful with our water usage in the gardens
  • Finished getting the farmhouse ready for guests
  • Our farm stay got accepted into the Virginia Green program! (Check out the listing for The Old House at White Flint Farm here)
  • Had our first farm stay guests - two people from Tanzania (one a farmer and the other an adviser to farmers) and one from the US (a long-time Peace Corps volunteer - and fellow Quaker)
  • Attended a class on perennial plants
  • Enjoyed some amazing sunsets!
Have a great week!


David said...

Cherie, sounds like a busy week. My Friday had many accomplishments as well. The house where I live is surrounded with 50 year old trees so sunsets are not visible. Starting next week, I'm going into a summer schedule that will put me in Terra Nova Gardens at 5:30am. I have a clear view to the East to watch the sunrise as I'm working in the garden. The mornings have finally warmed up enough to get out that early in the garden. During the summer, the cool morning of the day is the best time to be in the garden. I'm hoping to spend at least a couple hours a day and more depending on the day grooming and improving the gardens. Later in the day, time will be spent mowing three places for the uncontaminated grass with lots of clover mixed in the grass to use as mulch. I'm hoping and praying that farmer's market goes well for you today and that the rest of the week will bring more of the much needed rain.

Have a great White Flint Farm day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cherie, I'm a reader but not much of a commenter here, Blogger's platform gives me grief. I'm a WordPress blogger and follow Practising Resurrection plus the White Flint Farm FB page.
My next anti-tick efforts are going to be using rose geranium oil - specifically Pelargonium capitatum x radens. I thought I'd mention it.

:) EllaDee aka Dale

Cherie said...

David - it makes sense to get up and working while it's still cool outside. While I'm not a morning person, I do get up much earlier than I would have thought possible when I was much younger. :)

Cherie said...

EllaDee, funny you should mention that. I just ordered that specific oil (I already had a different type of rose geranium - Pelargonium graveolens - and learned it was the wrong type.) Unfortunately, the essential oil I received was not as advertised and was the exact type I already have. I've emailed the seller and hope we get it worked out. Thanks for commenting!

Aimee said...

Oh my god I love the before & after of the farm house!!!!! I just bookmarked it so we can finally get our arses out to the east coast to come meet you in person.

But I think my favorite is your farm page on "how we farm" - especially your piggies :)))) A blog post seems in order to share your awesomeness.

Breadmaking is back in our home as well - taught my husband how to make it (he's a cook and was a little intimidated by the baking side of things) and he's totally addicted now. Plus man can he knead with power!! LOL

If you'd be willing to share your granola recipe I'd love to try it out - not sure if you have my new email but it's aimeelevens at gmail :)