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December 9, 2014

We are harvesting the last of the major annual crops this week in anticipation of the strong winter storms and accompanying wind that are to hit on Wednesday night. We will keep some crops going all winter but mostly smaller plantings for the local wholesale route and our 3 farmers’ markets.

Once the soil moisture gets to a point where we won’t be ruining soil structure or sink into our shins, we will plant winter flower bulbs, garlic and even a few more fruit trees. Otherwise it’s time to reflect on the past year and plan for the coming 2015 season, oh, and rest up a little too. We always need to rest up after a busy growing year.

We sure are not complaining about the rain as we do need it, even though “when it rains it pours” as of late. Rapid rain rates like last Tuesdays and the storm developing this week tend to runoff quickly and are great for filling reservoirs and keeping our rivers full.

The danger and risk of such heavy rains in such a short period of time is that of soil erosion and damaging flash floods on smaller creeks and streams that take out much needed riparian vegetation.

We have done a pretty good job of cover cropping the high risk land early in the season but it’s going to require some close watching in the days ahead. We need to make sure that no gullies start forming on any sloped land which then causes a number of issues down the line. It always seems to be something, doesn’t it?

Speaking of soil and it’s importance, there is a great film out by Deborah Koons Garcia (The Future of Food) that streaming free until Dec 12th. If you can, watch The Symphony of the Soil and share your thoughts with us.

Keep dry and safe folks!

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December 2, 2014

Carrots
Cilantro
Pac Choi
Green Kale
Green Butter Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Italian Parsley
Fuyu Persimmons
Mint
Bearss Limes… Read the rest

November 25, 2014

Things to be thankful for this year:

  1. Some very welcome rain is forecasted and so far it looks like there will be more to come.
  2. Waddell Creek has finally broken through to the ocean after 3 months of being held up at the beach.  It was a gift to have some water storage backed up all the way upstream to our pump in the time of very low flow this past year. We have had more water than we’ve ever had in the late summer but it was beginning to be a problem. Some of the large late summer south swells had come up over the sand dam and the lagoon started getting salty.  Most crops are very salt sensitive (we found out the hard way) and burned up some lettuces before we cut irrigation off. Due to the rain last weekend, the creek is getting a good flushing now and there is no need to irrigate anyways, so we are thankful for that.
  3. As always, thankful that we live in a relative paradise where we can supply our community with such a wide variety of produce for the majority of the year. There is always the temptation to just keep planting to fulfill the demands of the marketplace, but the long view is that the soil needs a break, just like the people who tend it.
  4. Thankful for much cooler nights which will knock back insect pests and diseases. We are continuing to plant cover crops in open fields to give the land a break and rejuvenate the soil ecosystem.
  5. Last but not least, thankful for having such a great crew that keeps things going.  Looking forward to the next year!

 

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November 25, 2014

Red Beets
Dill
Fennel
Lacinato Kale
Green Leaf Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Fuyu Persimmons
Spinach
Delicata Winter Squash… Read the rest

November 18, 2014

Carrots
Rainbow Chard
Fennel-
Green Kale
Red Leaf Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Cilantro
Futsu Winter Squash
Smoked, Dried & Ground Paprika
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