What a spring we are having! Those early weeks of sun made us feel a little too comfortable with the weather and we were caught off guard by the weeks of solid rain that followed. We've had to put a pause on getting the ground ready for planting because of all the wet, but with this week's sun all the farmers on the property are rushing to capitalize on these dry days.
We prepare our ground in the spring first by mowing last year's cover crop (usually a hardy grass meant to help keep soil in place and add nutrients to the soil) then breaking up the thick roots with discs. After a few weeks, the grasses decompose and we are able to use our tiller to prepare a smooth bed, add compost and organic amendments, and then finally plant seed or transplant small seedlings. This process can take up to a month (or more when we're rained out!) so each week when I'm on the tractor, I'm not only thinking about that week's plantings, but looking out 4 weeks in advance to start the process of preparing the soil. This week we are busy catching up and preparing planting spaces for all that will go into the ground through May!
I shared this already on social media, but for those of you who don't follow us there, I included it here! This year we’re doubling our growing space but even at four acres, our farm is arguably still small. Growing this year was a big leap (and risk) as it means twice the expenses, twice the staff, twice the greenhouses, stress, and everything else too. It also means we hopefully double the amount of people we bring into our farm community and feed this season. I added up our CSA membership numbers this week, and holy crap, you all are SHOWING UP for us. We have just now reached the number of members we had last season, and we still have 6 weeks to go! I'm so humbled and filled with gratitude to have people that believe in our farm and make it possible for me to do this thing I love so much. You all give me so much confidence in the world, in this thing we’re trying to build, in my crew, and in myself!
We're sharing some awesome events coming up on the farm and in our community. We would love to see you all there!
Three Cheers For Spring!
Visit Us At The Farmers Market!
We are excited to announce that we will have a booth at theSnohomish Farmers Marketthis year! You can find us at the corner of Cedar & Pearl every Thursday from 3pm-7pm, May-September. Come visit and peruse our selection of farm fresh flowers and produce! We are so happy to have this new opportunity to connect with our local community.
SAVE THE DATE: CSA Kick-Off Event, June 8th
If you're a member of our CSA program or just curious about what we do here, this is a great opportunity to come on down to the farm, meet your fellow local food enthusiasts, and learn a bit more about Lowlands!
We'll be giving tours, enjoying the (hopefully) nice weather, and also taking part in a special collaborative Pop-up Market with some of our neighboring farmers! Our friends atBright Ide AcresandChinook Farmswill be offering their incredible pastured meats for purchase on-site and we'll have some tender early summer veggies and fresh flowers available as well!
We are finalizing the details for the event now and will be sending out an update in the next two weeks, so mark your calendars and stay tuned!
SnoValley Tilth Auction: May 19th
Join me at the SnoValley Tilth Friends of the Fields Benefit Dinner and Auction on Sunday, May 19th, at Carleton Farm in Lake Stevens for some great auction fun, a delicious dinner by Chef Caprial Pence, and a cause near and dear to us! I am honored to be aMemberof the organization and the Board of Directors, working to vision and execute our important mission! SnoValley Tilth is working up-close and personal with farmers in the Snoqualmie and Snohomish river valleys to support sustainable agriculture. We provideresources, training, networking, and are the voice for farmers in our region.I hope you'll join me in supporting this valuable work! More information can be found here:
I would be honored to have you dine with me!
We'll also be auctioning off a CSA share to support the continuing work of SnoValley Tilth!
Issues-That-Matter Panel Discussion: April 29th
Join us for an evening of discussion on disappearing farmland and food supply sustainability in our community!