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Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Sat Apr 30 08:26:33 EDT 2011

Win all around! That's a great story, Kathryn.

Fields still too soggy here to do anything -- planting has been very  
delayed, I'm trying to finish clearing out paperwork as once it's dry  
enough I'm going to be extraordinarily busy. Sun is out right now,  
rain forecast again for Monday but it doesn't sound like much rain so  
I will hope.

I feel bad even complaining about my wet fields, however, when people  
in some areas are underwater entirely. I hope everybody on this list  
is at least safe.

Richard, how can you plant when you're still so wet? do you have very  
sandy soil? I've learned the hard way that if I try to work in my  
fields when they're soggy, even entirely by hand, all I get is a cake  
of mud around the plant that turns into a hard seal and keeps it from  
growing. -- or were you planting in hoop houses?

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

On Apr 29, 2011, at 10:36 PM, KAKerby at aol.com wrote:

> Today was a very big day here.  We finally signed the land lease  
> that I think I spoke of this past winter.  We rented 14 acres of  
> pastureland from the older gentleman farmer who is one part foster  
> grandfather, one part mentor, one part hay broker for me.  His kids  
> and grandkids look to the farm as a pretty place and full of  
> memories but none of them are interested in actively working it.  I  
> had hoped and worked towards this day for a long time and it's  
> finally a done deal.  His eyes were gleaming as we started to talk  
> about the livestock I'll be grazing there and the soil testing I'll  
> be doing, how I'll keep the pasture tended, how I'll be fencing and  
> rotating paddocks, etc.  This is a piece of ground away from the  
> main farm which has been under-utilized for many years.  He just  
> didn't have the energy to get out there and deal with it.  So having  
> someone working it again for honest-to-goodness agricultural  
> purposes (as opposed to something like a soccer field or a paint- 
> ball field) is making him all sorts of happy.  It's a big step for  
> us and solves a lot of feed issues for us, but I think I'm more  
> pleased about his excitement at having it in production again.
> Kathryn Kerby
> frogchorusfarm.com
> Snohomish, WA
> Ruminations - essays on the farming life at frogchorusfarm.com/ 
> weblog.html

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