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2016 in Re-View

Posted 12/15/2016 6:54pm by Jacob and Katie Mullane-Bach.

Spring time! Onions, Shallots, Leeks, Oh Yes! These lovely individuals were tucked by hand into this rich Earth mid-April to flourish throughout the summer and enjoy year round. They are usually the first vegetables to be planted outdoors.

 

Indoors, under the protection of a layer of plastic and with the help of some Spring Sunshine, other vegetables are much further along in their growth cycle.

 

Misty morning dream time in late Spring.

 

The following three pictures involve a rye photo shoot. One of the most beautiful crops in our opinion, its sometimes very blue-green iridescent seed head and stalk dance and delight with anyone choosing to stop and notice.

 

Rye is planted as a cover crop, adding nutrients back into soil as a "green" compost.

 

If you have opportunity to grow even a small bit of rye, you may experience its beauty in person. This picture captures only a fraction of its enrapturing qualities. If possible visit your patch daily as it is always changing in color and quality.

 

This soil hosted a lusciously diverse entanglement of vetch, clover, rye, oats and peas as cover crop mimicking Life’s natural diversity. These cover crop fields are all turned back into Earth and provide the nutrients for future vegetable crops.

 

This is the first time that we’ve planted popcorn. We’ll begin bringing it to market in January.

 

The first ripening of heirlooms. Joy of Summer Joys!

 

These are the same French and Cherry Vanilla Quinoa filmed in the video below, but aged a month.

 

Check out this quinoa bud! Each one morphed into fantastically unique colors and shapes as its life-cycle waned into the reproductive stage.

 

Interns and life partners Kathryn and Doug grew at Nature’s Pace April through December. Thank you immensely for the Love and intentions you brought to the farm.

 

In route to seed a bed of salad mix using the electric powered Allis Chalmers G before a possible shower, Jacob continues his flow of seeding, weeding, harvesting, and about a thousand other little tasks to keep the farm the Light that it is. Thanks Jacob.  

 

Another Thanks shout out goes to past intern, Anina, who cycled in and visited for a week. While here, she welded farm art from old tools and scrap metal.

 

Can you guess what old tools were used to create this fun friend hanging around the kids’ treehouse?

 

Thank you also to Learntern, Hannah, who joined us for a couple months and focused on organizing the creation of a hugelkultur bed on the farm.

 

Living trees that needed to be thinned from the woods and dead ash that needed to come down filled the trough seen in the previous picture. The mounds of soil and woodchips seen to the left will layer on top and throughout the trees seen laying horizontal in this picture. As the trees slowly decompose, new life and nutrients will be added to the soil.

 

One of my favorite memories of late summer with Freeda was shading ourselves in the rows of the sunflower patch and sharing stories with each other.

 

With flavors transitioning along with the Autumn, kale and broccoli sweeten ever more with each cool night and day.

 

Here's another beautiful Life sweetening with each changing season. Here, he's pricing spoons and knives that he's carved by hand for the next day's market. He's just celebrating his tenth birthday as well, which coincides with the start of our farming adventure. 

These ten years of growing have been an absolute Love Labor, and we have learned SO much from the Land, from all of You and from each Other. <3 xoxo 

 

Here's a video of the farm taken in August. It's low-tech, slow, and windy at times, but it still gives a nice view of the farm and our growing practices :-).