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Posted 1/8/2017 8:24pm by Lettuce Boy Farm.

It's that time of year again.  Time to finish planning for this year and get the first of my seed orders in.

It is also an exciting time for me.  I look over all the seed catalogs (I get a lot!) thinking about what new things I could try growing this season or perhaps a new variety of something that I already grow.  I am always looking for the varieties that will have the best flavor and eating quality, but also varieties that will thrive in our soil, weather, and growing systems.  How do I find crops that meet these standards?  Trial and error!  Every year I (attempt) to test at least a handful of new things.  I will grow them in small quantities and then observe, make notes and taste test to see if it’s something that I will want to trial again or perhaps even add it to our crop plan.

The chickens are enjoying themselves in their 'hoop-coop' and the new hens have really started laying!  We are feeding them a non-GMO feed, whole grains grown here on the farm and past-prime squash, which they love. 

I have received a few questions about the conditions in the hoop-coop verses being in the field.  In weather like we have been having this week, the hens don't wander out of their coop much, but we do vent it during the day and we maintain a deep bedding system that the hens keep turning over in their quest for those morsels of grain they must have missed!  The scratching action keeps their manure well mixed with the bedding.  The carbon in the bedding captures the ammonia from their manure that causes the nasty smell.  It is actually quite pleasant.  In good weather, they spend most of their time running around outside, digging up the compost pile and everything else looking for worms, bugs and whatever else they can get their beaks on.

The inklings of spring will be here before we know it!

Know your Food, Know your Farmer.

Jonathan

 

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