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To feed the plant you need to feed the soil.

Last summer we had a really tough time with the rice. Transplants being eaten, unfinished irrigation and lack of nutrients lead to a crop failure. During the summer we were able to help control the chipmunks and laid out our irrigation lines so those two problems should be taken care of for next year. The

May 5th, 2013|

Trashing the Trash

[singlepic id=242 w=320 h=240 float=right] Plastic is everywhere on the modern farm. We have two high tunnels and a greenhouse that are covered in plastic. The high tunnel plastic will stay on the tunnels for 5 or 6 years then will be used for winter protection on low tunnels for a few more years. The

March 3rd, 2013|

Fire the Rocket!

  [singlepic id=236 w=320 h=240 float=right]To heat our greenhouse we knew we wanted to use wood from our property. Normal wood stoves are a pain because you have to burn them for a long time and you lose a large amount of the woods potential heat out the chimney. Wood Boilers can work a bit

February 10th, 2013|

First Paddy Cut and Hanging

This afternoon we had a class from Green Mountain College come out to the farm. After a quick tour around the farm we headed down to the rice paddy to do some harvesting. They didn't have much time so we only had time to cut the top paddy. It was amazing how fast the rice

September 17th, 2012|


Chipmunks! You think their just so cute don't you? I mean who wouldn't. With their fluffy tails, big puffy cheeks, and their spunky attitude. Last year I would have agreed with you. Meadow was slightly annoyed with them because they got to her sunflower seed heads before she could. This past winter was a warm

September 10th, 2012|

Castrated Piglets

Another week has streaked by us here at Breezy Meadows. The days are still getting longer but there is never enough sunlight to get everything done. This week more then most because after a day of rice planting Meadow’s wrists gave out. It’s an old injury that flares up from time to time. She is

June 16th, 2012|

Win The Future with Mobile High Tunnels

[singlepic id=216 w=320 h=240 float=center] I talked about bending the pipe in a previous post(here) and now I'll go over how we did the rest of the tunnel. I designed the tunnel based on the professional manufactured tunnels from a few different companies. SketchUp helped a lot and I would recommend folks who are designing

January 18th, 2012|

Here Comes the Paddies

[singlepic id=167 w=320 h=240 float=center]We have been working up to this day for quite a while now. The survey stakes are out. The sides of the field have been cleared back a bit and our giant white pine Christmas tree in the middle has been taken down. Now that all the prep work is done

December 1st, 2011|

Home Made Garden Cart

Here is a guest post from my dad who designed us a homemade garden cart. We’re passing along how we recently built a heavy duty garden cart. This homemade garden cart can be built using two bicycle wheels, angle iron, 2x4s and plywood. This cart will carry at least 200 pounds, has a large box,

September 29th, 2011|

Growing Rice in Vermont

All around the world in places with thin soil and mountains or hills you can find terraces. It makes a lot of sense. Controls erosion, encourages soil building, much easier to work on and they also are very pleasing to the eye. Some of the oldest of these terraces can be found in south east

June 29th, 2011|