|January at the pond|
|Gary Glauberman and Kelly Parker helping with contracts at the Spring Sign-up|
|Kara and Lori at the wash sink|
|Jeff and his son helping in the Spring 2008|
In 2009 we made a big shift in our greenhouse production. We had been experimenting over the previous couple seasons with the use of soil blocks for starting our transplants. We had found they created plants that were more robust, greener, held longer in the greenhouse, and experienced less transplant shock than plugs.
|Soil blocks in the greenhouse|
|A flat of nice cabbage plants|
All this with the same annual rainfall (44+ inches) as the previous year. While the rain fell in less of a downpour pattern than 2008, our adjustments to how we prepared the ground also helped keep the crops out of the muck.
This was also to be the year that our cover cropping program came to life. We had initated an annual system whereby we plant oats and vetch in April, turn the crop under in June/July, and plant the bed in fall vegetables in August. We had a very good cover crop that year and the carrots and beets in those beds grew like none we had seen previously.
|Strawberry harvest at its best|
|The Rouyer Family picking peas|
|Bean picking crew returning with their harvest|
|Watermelons for all|
|Katahdin sheep borrowed from Parker Farms|
|Ann Flynn, Fran Gillespe, Keith and Nancy Stubblefield|
building the hive boxes
|Bees but little honey|
|Nora and Rocky|
|Rocky in December|