It has been some time since I have written here. I have been on a long recovery from a severe back injury. I am now working to catch up and get a new year started once again.
For those of you who are wondering, falling down a flight of concrete stairs and fracturing your spine is an experience that I highly recommend that you strenuously avoid. It is now more than eleven weeks since my accident. I still have a month or more before I can expect to be functioning as usual. The good news is that I do expect to heal and get fully back into farming. I will just be a little shorter than I was last year.
I have had help with the animals from some wonderful volunteers. And I would still be lying on my back without the non-stop support and aid of my wife Carol.
Our field crew is back at the farm and has started preparing the ground for planting. The greenhouse is starting to fill with flats of seeds starting to sprout.
As part of my strategy to successfully reach the end of the farm year, we will be reducing our hours during the summer.
We will open the middle two weekends in July for our Lavender Celebration, (July 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19), the first three Saturdays of September (September 5,12,19) as Early Bird days for the Sunflower – Corn Maze, and then every day from Friday September 24 to Saturday October 31 for our big Pumpkin Patch and Maze Fall Harvest Celebration.
I thank you for your support over the years. I hope to see you down on the farm again this year.
Each month on the farm has its own character and feel. After a few years, you start to feel the cycle turn. Every year is different, but much remains similar year after year. As the weather changes so do our tasks and workload. As our crops are planted, tended, and harvested, the population of staff and visitors on the farm ebbs and flows. I enjoy each month as it comes, and anticipate the events of the next.
August is a transitional month here at the farm. The planting is done and we are starting to focus on our big fall season. The days are long and hot, but our minds are looking ahead to October, when most of our visitors come to the farm. In addition to the fall Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and other fall activities, we also greet quite a few kids and teachers to our Pumpkin Farm Tours.
I am writing this in January instead of late August as I intended. Although I took the photographs, I somehow never found the time to write this up. Here is a bit of what happened on the farm in August.