Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chicken Sedan

Why do chicken coops always have two doors? Because if they had four doors, they would be chicken sedans...

My daughter delights in her flock of black Australorps.
Henry is her favorite; a polite and reticent rooster who enjoys jazz and long walks in the lawn.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Relay Tillage at the Munroe Field

The Munroe field is home to this season's garlic crop as well as our early cauliflower and broccoli.

Due to our, cold damp spring, we have been a bit behind the eight ball here at Boistfort Valley Farm. In an attempt to catch up and save time we followed through on a diabolical plan to prep our corn ground in record time.

You can see in the above photo, that we are dealing with a cover crop that almost reaches the hood of the tractor.

As I mowed with a seven foot mulcher, Aaron followed behind with the plows. Together we went from shoulder high grass to plowed ground at a rate of 3.5 mph. This felt like flying after spending three days on the transplant tractor moving at a mind numbing 0.5 mph., and it sure did shine up those plows.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'm Back

Well...Here it is. I am back after a long winter of bookwork. Typically over winter I am involved in some exciting project or another which I deem note-worthy and indeed that is why I started blogging in the first place; to create a record of projects and improvements, and though I do have tons to report, I am sorry to say that my winter was all but consumed in a sea of paper work. We incorporated in early 2010 ho hum. As the farm grows the business has become more complex and the sole proprietorship was no longer the best business model for us. So...I spent the winter with the help of some very sharp and very generous financial consultants and attorneys shoring up the business and inventorying equipment and assets. I also revamped our safety policies and procedures; added some policies that will better protect our employees and generally tried to put a personal spin on our safety program so that hopefully it will be a bit more engaging.

Thanks for your patience,