It’s a strange phenomenon. Some how the 6 months between CSA seasons just flies by, but at the same time the winter this year seemed like it would never end. I’m not sure how that works but we are very glad to have some sunny warm days after all the cold and gray. That being said we are pretty lucky for the late spring this year.
Both Meadow and I ended up on the cutting block this winter. After a night of tossing and turning Meadow took me to the hospital where I learned I was a textbook case for appendicitis. I am certainly glad I won’t ever have to feel the pain of an inflamed appendix ever again. After saying that I some how will now grow a new appendix and then in a short time it will be inflamed. The surgery left three cuts right through my abs and strict orders not to lift anything heavy for 4 to 6 weeks. Lucky for me farming doesn’t involve any lifting at all. Hay bales magically float to the animals and water buckets some how make it to the watering troughs on their own.
The day I went in for surgery was the very same day that Meadow was starting her physical therapy. So both of us were damaged goods. It turned out that PT wasn’t enough for Meadow since her femur had tricked some of her hip cartilage it would be super fun to take a vacation away from all the other cartilage. She had hip surgery to repair a labaral tear and was on crutches for six weeks and now is in for a couple of months of recovering to get back to full strength. If we would have had the same type of spring as we did last year we would have been so sad that we couldn’t take advantage of it.
Now that I’m mostly recovered and Meadow is moving around more we are ready for the summer. Our big project for the year is opening up more land to turn into our hybrid pasture/orchard. We have about 4 acres planned for clearing during the summer and another 6 or 7 in the fall. The pigs, goats and chickens will help us along the way adding fertilizer and spreading seeds around.
Thanks to our kickstarter backers we got our new walk behind tractor in April. The new tool has already saved us hours of work in building new growing beds for our annual crops and we will be using it to make swales for our trees when they arrive next month.
We are so grateful to everyone that supported us and continues to support us in this endeavor. We feel that this year, despite the strange spring, will be a big year for our farm, moving us closer to our vision for perennial farming.
With the help of a few volunteers we planted 300 blueberry bushes around our rice paddies this spring. We have another 200 set up in some nursery beds to be planted out next year. In the next couple of weeks 750 hazelnuts and 200 chestnuts will be showing up at our front door. Next year we have another 2500 trees planned for the newly opened areas. Then all we have to do is wait for 2019 to roll around for a decent harvest. But while we wait all our critters will be munching on the grass between rows, mowing, fertilizing and dreaming of the day when nuts and fruit fall from the sky.