Spring is here!
Spring has sprouted here on the farm and things are getting busy! Here is a little update about what’s new at Round Earth & the Turkey Hill CSA!
Raspberries & Blackberries Research
Round Earth was awarded Research grant for Raspberries & Blackberries! This year we were successful in our grant submission, and we will be planting a large research and production plot of blackberries and raspberries on the farm this spring. You can read all about it at the special research project web page I’ve set up on the new Round Earth website – take a look at http://berries.roundearth.com. The berries are just going in this spring and they take a year to get established, so we don’t expect much of a crop until next year, but it is exciting to have this new crop going in. I’m also going to take advantage of the (new to be) deer fenced area and plant a small orchard with a variety of plums and pears that aren’t produced locally.
In the greenhouse
With the 1st onions growing strong, i’ve started planting the earliest lettuce, peppers and eggplant in the greenhouse; next comes perennial flowers & herbs, tomatoes and early brassicas: broccoli, chois, kale.
I’m doing a little work on the greenhouse this spring. I’m installing a new germination chamber I acquired from my neighbor who has moved on to a larger, commercial unit (thanks to Kim at Lost Mesa Flowers). A germination chamber is basically a big box inside the greenhouse with a steam bucket on a thermostat, and trays for the seedling flats. With the greenhouse thermostat set at 50, I can heat this ‘chamber’ up to 80 degrees and (and 90 percent humidity) which means tomatoes germinate in less than a week. This should be much more efficient than my existing heat mats and I’m excited to see it working.
Sign up now!
If you are thinking about signing up for the CSA this summer, now is the time to commit! Please send in your registration form and deposit so we can get you on the list. If you can pay the full membership up front you get a 10% discount, but even just sending us the deposit money really helps our spring cash flow. Spring is a full of expenses – from seeds to gas for the greenhouse to new half size reusable CSA boxes (more on that later) – and CSA sign up deposits really help fund this part of the season. Our wholesale and retail sales don’t begin until June, so the only spring farm income comes from CSA sign ups. So thanks for sending in your deposits early as your commitment to the growing season and for contributing to our farms financial sustainability!
A great season ahead
I’m looking forward to a great season, my early plantings are already started and the hoop house is ready to go. it will be packed with heat loving crops this year, especially tomatoes! Please email or call if you have questions or requests for the upcoming season!