Farm Update April 29, 2017

We have had the wind this week ! On Tuesday the smoke from the Sawmill Fire was blowing our way all day. It is warm and windy again today. I am always happy when we transition to the summer heat and the wind dies down. There is maybe another 3 or 4 weeks of the windy season out here.

We planted asparagus crowns yesterday, putting in a bed that is 160 feet long. The variety is UC-157, developed by the University of California Davis for growing in a hot, dry climate. We will be able to harvest the new bed in 2019. Now we have 3 asparagus beds. My plan is to put in an asparagus bed each spring.

This week we also planted two varieties of bush beans, one purple and one green. We should be harvesting them in 7 or 8 weeks.

The spring/summer CSA share distribution will start in about 2 weeks – May 14 at Rillito and May 15 in Green Valley. We still have shares available. If you know of any family members, friends or neighbors who might be interested, send them our way! The forms are available at the markets, and in the CSA box on the right sidebar of this website, and here. We will stick with a 50-share program this round, so please let us know if you are interested in a spot. The summer shares will include potatoes, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, chiles, flowers, cucumbers, melons, okra, squash, salad mixes, among many other delicious ingredients.

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potato plants just starting to sprout

Farm Update March 12, 2016

Yesterday we finished planting the new bed of asparagus crowns, doubling the number of asparagus plants at the farm. The images show some of the stages of the process.

The trench is about a foot deep and 2 feet across. The soil in the trench is a mix of organic compost, peat and native soil. The crowns are a year old, which gives us a head start as compared to seed. In two years we can begin to harvest the crowns we just planted.

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I am hoping to put in additional perennial crops this year. We currently have the asparagus, pomegranate and jujube trees, one fig tree, and blackberries. I am planning to plant about 15 more fig trees, a few more pomegranates and about 30 table grape vines. In a few years we should be harvesting all of these !

Thank you for supporting local, sustainable agriculture !