Archive for December, 2012

8th Annual Farm Day

Open House at Bee Heaven Farm

Come to the country * Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, December 23rd,  11:30am – 3:00pm

* Hay Rides and other Activities *

For all the kids at heart

* Farm Market *

locally-grown seasonal organic produce, dried tropical fruit, raw farm honey, heirloom tomato and veggie starts, and other goodies for sale

* Live Music *

 with local singers Jennings & Keller

www.jenningsandkeller.com

*Food*

Chef Keith Kalmanowicz’s

Love & Vegetables Community Pop-Up Café

featuring fresh from the farm food, lovingly prepared & served buffet-style for an exciting eating experience

A suggested donation of $10 (or whatever you can afford-more is always welcome-anything is appreciated!) helps to cover food costs and provides support for our farm internship program

Your donation includes a raffle ticket for door prizes

Extra raffle tickets available @ 5/$20

Directions: from southbound on US1, turn west (right) on Bauer Drive (SW 264th St), & go approx 5 miles. The farm is 1/3mile west of Redland Road (SW 187th Ave). Look for the farm sign & flags. Please angle park on the swale.

…around the farm the past few weeks

Preparing the rows for planting – after we form the beds with the tractor, we add fertilizer and level off the tops. If our soil was a couple of inches deeper, the bedder attachment would have done this for us – it almost does it in some of the deeper soil areas (6″-8″ mounded). Pretty good for our “shallow, Krome gravelly soils”, as the USGS labels them.

IMG_5486Here I’m documenting what’s being planted in the rows. This is good farming practice, and is required recordkeeping for organic certification. Why? These kinds of records allow the farmer to keep track of what’s planted where, so s/he can maintain a rotation plan for the crops, helping to keep crop-specific pests and diseases minimized, and prevent excessive soil nutrient depletion.
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The baby Lacinato Kale plants are coming right along, with their drip irrigation delivering water right to the root zone of the plant, where it is needed.

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These D’Avignon French Breakfast radishes are popping out of the ground, ready to be harvested. Yummy!

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Just a few weeks later, here’s those kale plants last week, nearly ready for first harvest as bunches. Look for some at the market on Sunday, and soon in the CSA shares.

IMG_5955farm pictures courtesy of Marian Wertlka-RedlandRambles.com

 


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