Hand Sown Homegrown Heritage Farm

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October 12th, 2009

I called Ron last night, our neighbor with a tractor & tiller, and asked his availability to come till up our rows.  Ron was just arriving home from a trip and wasn’t quite sure if he could come out on Monday as he had a list of things to do.  I explained my idea about putting in the cover crop before the expected week of rain arrives on Tuesday and he said he would see what he could do.  I was thrilled to have Ron ring my phone saying he was coming over with the tiller.  Sara and I quickly opened up our fence and gathered any large rocks which remained in the tilling areas. 
Ron arrived and after two passes down our rows he’s tiller attachment broke at a weld joint and was bent.  Dang it. 
After Ron and I looked at the damaged Ron called up a friend of his, my other neighbor to the north west who happens to be a welder.  I expressed my appreciation for his attempts as he pulled off to see our neighbor.  Just an hour or so later Ron heads my way, “I’m ready”. Bonkers! 
Ron is fantastic to work with.  He asks what I want and does just that. Amazing! There was one miss understanding and Ron drove into our weedy row of just germinated carrots- oh well! 
Soil Builder cover crop is now raked into all of our tilled rows.  Some rows remain in a crop of-  strawberries, blueberries, artichokes, sunchokes, chard, kale, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts.
Next up is getting our Lincoln area seeded in cover crop as well.  Tilling is mostly done the ground just awaits the seed.  Can’t wait to see how this cover crop turns out!
We planted an 80’ row of garlic using our own seed stock from this seasons crop.  The biggest of our own cloves went in on Oct. 9.  We still have some of our own seed stock left to plant but a farming friend of ours is going to be picking us up more garlic from a local seed source on Wednesday.  No shipping, yeah!

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first frost & our first ever csa ends

Growing my own food is so satisfying, but growing food for others is an honor.  The learning experiences I gain every growing season push me to the next season with such great hopes. 

We received our first frost last night, I would like to say we were prepared for it but that wasn’t the case.  The frost delayed our morning CSA harvest as I had to wait for the greens to perk back up.  We handed out the years last Sunday CSA shares for the season and then took to the field to roll out the floating row covers and harvest more of our potatoes.

The area which Ron tilled up last week are now in cover crop, Peaceful Valley’s Soil Builder mix.  With a week of sunny weather behind us we now have a majority of our grounds ready for tilling and cover crop.

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Missed a market…

Wondering if there were any customers in Bainbridge Island  searching for me today, as I didn’t vend at that market.  I felt that this weeks tomato harvest was a bit too small to divide.  We keep a lot back from the markets in order to give our CSA the best of our efforts.  I look forward to the year that we’re working along side others farming.  After re-reading the blog about the Tomato Taste Off, I am sorry to say that I didn’t state that I wish I would… Read the rest of this article »

Cover crop to go in!

Today we complete week 17  of the CSA, two more weeks to go! Here’s some pictures from the past. Right now we’re focused on getting cover crop in.  100 lbs of Soil Builder Mix, 20 lbs of Low Growing Clover Mix.  Soil Builder in rows, Low Growing Clover in the paths. Read the rest of this article »
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Won’t you be my neighbor?

I met the landowner of the property that borders the one we currently farm.  Our rows are 100’ long and at end of the rows is where Ron’s property begins.  First Ron cleared away the large blackberries brush, and then we chatted.  By the end of the day Ron brought his wife over to see the farm and I offered up some potatoes.  I dug them then and there, banana fingerlings!  I told Ron about our Sunday CSA pickup and I was greeted by Ron, his wife, and another neighbor.  Seems like… Read the rest of this article »
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Two Markets & CSA

[slideshow id=97] Dedicated to Heirlooms! “An heirloom plant, heirloom variety, or (especially in the UK) heirloom vegetable is a cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Many heirloom vegetables have kept their traits through open pollination, while fruit varieties such as apples have been propagated over the centuries through grafts and cuttings. The trend of growing heirloom plants in gardens has been… Read the rest of this article »

TOMATO TASTE OFF

[singlepic id=661 w=320 h=240 float=](Picture Above:  Tomatoes at our Sunday CSA farm stand) My second day back home and what a day it was. The morning began with us loading the truck at 5am in  the dark cool rain.  After the truck was filled we both took to the rows to harvest the chard and kale.  At 6am we were barely able to make out the outlines of the leaves.  (We strive to always harvest our greens the day we sell them and as close to that time as possible).  At 7am we headed out and… Read the rest of this article »

mid-week madness

Sara here, so sunday my youngest sister, brianna came over to help me with the CSA, and it was an adventure! our first rainy day CSA hand out, what a doozie! a 5 gallon bucket was half filled with rain water by the time we had finished, 3 hours later. It wasn’t cold, so I really didn’t mind having to harvest in the monsoon, but I did have to change my clothes a few times. Monday morning when I went to let the chickens out of their housing and into their free range area, I noticed that… Read the rest of this article »
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Farm thoughts from the Road

I’m away from the farm right now as I’ve embarked on my last booked tour of the year  as a freelance audio engineer.   This time it’s a two week tour  mixing the Fleet Foxes throughout some lovely parts of Europe.   This two week tour ends a pretty consistent year and a half of touring with the band.  I couldn’t be more proud of Sara’s work on the farm while I’ve been away on these jobs.  Although she faces many challenges   while I’m away I always… Read the rest of this article »
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dailyish update

so I’m going to be posting short updates while jared is away. It poured down rain the entire morning as I prepped for the market yesterday. awesome. I was drenched before I even left! Then it was biblically windy the whole market day… but no canopies flipped over this time, and everyone was grateful for no rain! Now I’m off to get a few more tomatoes for the CSA… and it’s pouring down rain again, at least I’ll be in greenhouses! TTFN sara Read the rest of this article »
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Jared & Sara Hankins
Hand Sown Homegrown Heritage Farm
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