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Spring Seed Swap Startup

Don’t miss this event!

Spring Seed Swap Startup
Sunday, May 3 from noon to 5 pm
Apple Farm Village
14525 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville
Gardeners, join with us as we start up the Sammamish Valley Seed Swap.
squash seed in hand
squash seed in hand

Try a new vegetable or flower variety. Find a home for your extra seeds or plant starts. Hang out with us and other gardeners to swap and talk about plant varieties and seed saving. We hope this Startup event will grow into a community.

We will have seed for you to take home to your garden. If you have extra seed, bring it along to share with other gardeners. If you have plant starts or cuttings to share, bring them too. Maybe they will find a new home.
We will have seeds available to take home.
We welcome people to trade or donate seeds, small plants, bulbs, or tubers..
        We welcome excess seed purchased by gardeners.
        We especially encourage seeds saved by gardeners.
Some rules:
    No GMO seed or plants.
    No treated seed.
    No seeds from the Noxious Weed list.
    Plants and plant material must be disease-free, healthy, and in good condition.
    Seed and plant material must be clearly labeled.
    Trades and donations only. No seeds are to be bought or sold.
Dr. Maze’s Farm and The Herbfarm are seed sponsors, donating seed to get things going. Apple Farm Village, the host sponsor, has shops, art, and wine tastings to distract you from the seeds.
The Seed Swap is part of the Sammamish Valley Spring Celebration (SammamishValley.org). There are nine additional farms and other stops participating in the Sammamish Valley Spring Celebration, so plan to spend some time exploring the valley. We hope to see you there!

Starting the new year with a tumble.

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.

Winter Squash seedlings - Carnival
Winter Squash seedlings – Carnival

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.

A year at the farm month by month

Young Cinderella pumpkin
Young Cinderella pumpkin

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.

I have selected one photograph from each month in 2014 to symbolize that month. Each year shares the same themes, but the details change. Continue reading A year at the farm month by month

Seedling Season

It is Seedling Season here on the farm.  The starts house is filling up with trays of tiny, growing plants that will soon be planted out into our fields.

ordering seeds
Ordering seeds

At the turn of the year I gather up all the new seed catalogs and chose the crop varieties I want for the year. I consider what grew well, what sold well, how to mix things up so any one failure would be balanced by another success, and what strrikes my fancy. Looking at my records of what we grew in the past years, I make the decisions on what to grow and how many of each.

Continue reading Seedling Season