“The seed order is in! It was our largest ever, totaling just over $6,000. We went long on some expensive seeds, like hybrid sweet corn. We’re going to experiment with starting some of it in the greenhouse and transplanting it to the field, so as to avoid rot in cold spring ground and the damage inflicted on the young seedlings by crows and seagulls. We also doubled up on certain items, in order to get a volume discount on the seed, and will hold the extra in the freezer for 2016.
We are contemplating selling plants from the farm store this spring, so we ordered a little bit of seed for that. Now it is time to think about getting the greenhouses in shape. In previous years, we raised plants in one, and chicks in the other, but this year, we’ll fill both with plants and raise chicks in the east barn. The plastic on the south greenhouse was damaged by an ice storm last year. We limped through last season with patches, but now we really need to re-skin it. We’ll look for a warm, calm day in March.
The seed order total was dwarfed by another big outlay this week: organic corn for feed. Mark spent much of the week on the phone, shopping for 100 tons. The difference between conventional and organic prices is especially startling this year….” Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.
- Essex Farm: Considering Seeds (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
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- Essex Farm: The Farm Feels Young (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
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