Hoop House Adventure

Put up the hoop house this week! Took a Farmer’s Friend cat. Tunnel and framed some endwalls on it. I couldn’t have done all this without the help of my friends and neighbors who took the time to sink some rebar, frame some studs and pull some plastic. Next week, onions will be the first tenants of the house.

In less glorious news, I’ve also been cleaning out the barn. The place has so many random nails that it looks like a Mad Max set. It’ll house our workshop, walk-in cooler and wash/pack station.

The NW and the SW winds have been duking it out around here, making for a turbulent few weeks. The gusts are quick to undress the silage tarps I’ve laid down to smother the grass in time for planting. You can see the lime green progress being made in one of the photos here.

Breaking Ground

April is here and we’re kicking it off strong! We’ve been removing silage tarps from our field blocks, digging beds and spreading compost. We had to rent a rototiller to break up the sod in time for planting this season, but after that we’ll be going totally no-till.

The first planting is only a couple weeks away with lettuce, onions, bok choy, carrots, peas and radishes. In the meantime, it’s a labor of love to get these beds just right for our veggies to thrive.

It feels good to slough off winter’s slowness and start working the earth again. Shoveling is a great way to wake up the body, but I’m sure glad that I only need to do it once. Once these 60 beds are formed, they’ll be permanent for years to come.


It’s been two weeks since Wildflower Farm officially broke ground. We’ve tarped our field blocks, ordered potting soil, seeds, compost and started construction on the propagation house. Off the farm, we’re making phone calls and meeting potential customers and markets in the area.

There are some signs of life in the field–the fox, wild onions, earthworms. It’s been wet, cool and windy here lately; there were even a few tornadoes nearby last Friday. We are fast wheeling to spring.

With the equinox nearly a month away, there’s still much that needs doing. This project is itself a seed that needs the proper environment to germinate, thrive and bear fruit. In February, we prepare to coax the seedling from its shell.