We are in the midst of a sizable February snow storm here in the Sierra Nevadas. I peeled back a portion of the onion row cover today to reveal healthy happy and insulated onions!
I love the that the mulch came directly from our black oak trees within 100 yards of these raised beds. The row cover was up-cycled from the past two years when we put grafted fruit tree saplings into the ground and wanted to make them extra safe.
The most important part of this equation lies beneath the soil. This bed (in fact, all of our beds) have been rebuilt this year to be "gopher proof" . We have 1/4 inch galvanized steel gopher wire beneath the ground to 2 feet depth. This together with heavy duty lumber and a variety or wire deterrents above ground will support our crops in thriving.
We also have gold medal gopher deterrents: Miss Nellie and Miss Madge.
2023 brings a sense of potential and big dreams. This is not just for us here at the farm, I believe it is an offering for everyone, you can find my recent podcast about the astrology here. Nevertheless we have some milestones to share and celebrate.
1) We are officially a regenerative farm that offers highly nutritional and functional food: from purple potatoes and purple asparagus, to stone fruit/olives/nuts, to rainbow amaranth, pink celery and cuban gold sweet potatoes., as well as native corn. We chose our crops based on their fit our our terrain as well as their heritage and nutritional value.
2) At of the opening of 2023 we are an entirely volunteer run organization. Very grateful for those who have contributed their energy throughout the past three years!
3) Our future is bright: We will open up several online courses to support female farmers and those seeking to return to the land. At this juncture, we are calling this Regenerative Organic Farming.. Will see what the future holds!
4) Look for us at farmers market in El Dorado and Amador Counties in 2023!
Bright Blessings to you and grateful that you are a part of our community :)