With the thick blanket of snow
...finally giving way to a late February warm spell, the carrots, spinach, cilantro and other winter hibernators we planted last year are starting to wake up to the lengthening days, and all of a sudden the 2018 growing season feels a whole lot more real.
Spring is coming, and with it, some exciting things currently in the works for the Harris Family Farm Foundation.
First, we're planning on expanding our growing capacity. In addition to building 6 new raised beds totaling 108 square feet of growing space, we'll be tilling and cover cropping a whopping four acres of adjacent farmland that was previously conventionally farmed. The cover crops will help to break up the heavy clay soil and add organic matter so that in two or three years we can start organically cultivating fruits and vegetables there. I have also been getting some very helpful tips and training from local organic orchardists in order to sustainably nurse our 24-tree orchard to health for an abundant harvest of apples, pears, peaches and pluots in 2018. Special thanks to Richard Rutschman of Wild Raspberry Apple Orchard, Julie Studier of Tower Hill Farm, and Donna and George Bosas!