Hope you all have had an enjoyable and cozy winter, and are getting excited for fresh vegetables! We had a good winter and spent a lot of time planning for this season, attending farming conferences, and playing in the snow with our 1 year old Eli. Between Adam and I, we gave nine workshops in the past two months at regional farming conferences and for farm training programs. That’s a lot of powerpoints! We talked about everything from csa farm financials to electric tractor conversions to growing good broccoli. We relish our time at these conferences to re-connect with our fellow farmers, learn new things (always new things to learn!), and help educate beginning farmers.
One of things we are most excited about this season is adding 7,500 Honeybees to our farm! Laura just took a U of MN beginning beekeeping course and we will add one hive to our farm this year. The bees are crucial for helping us to pollinate many of our crops, and we hope to provide a good home with good habitat for them. In a hive’s first year, a beekeeper typically leaves all of the honey for the bees to get through the winter. By year two though, we should garner 75-150 pounds of honey that we can harvest. We hope to offer an add-on honey share to our members next season! And if you make a visit out to the farm this year, we’d love to show you the hives and talk more about these amazing creatures.
Although it may look and feel like winter still, the first veggie seeds hit the soil in the greenhouse this week. Our goal is to get those first onions, leeks, lettuces, and broccoli family seedlings transplanted out in the ground by late April. This snow will be nice to add to our soil moisture this Spring, but I’m ready for it to start melting. Bring on the sunshine and warmth!