January 2021 Farm Update

Farming helps me live with the rhythm of nature. The hustle of spring ramps up to the fever pitch of summer, then slows into autumn when the frost comes, then I pick away at clean up tasks until I run out of steam. Winter is a time of rest and recovery. 

I’ve been going to bed at 8:30pm and still oversleeping. I want to be able to catch up on organizing the house, taxes, calling friends, farm planning. I want to be productive, but my body and my brain don’t have the capacity for it. Unfortunately my twin three-year-olds didn’t get the message that I’m hibernating, so any energy I have goes to keeping them fed and alive.

I’ve been slowly chipping away at goals and farm plans for 2021. I am so excited about the list of flowers I’ll be able to offer this year! I am cautiously optimistic – I hope everything I grow works out, but I know that a handful of things won’t. 

Last summer, I used no-till methods to prep new beds which will more than double the growing space this year. It’ll be a challenge to fill every inch with flowers, but if I have some free space, I’ll plant some vegetables with the kids.

I have drip irrigation planned for all the new beds. Drip irrigation helps conserve water by delivering water right to the roots of plants instead of spraying it on top and losing more to evaporation. If we’re getting anywhere close to a decent amount of rain, I don’t turn my drip lines on. These are for back-up when we go weeks without rain. We’re also working on a rain barrel collection system to hold rainwater and push it through the lines so we can reduce how much fresh water we use.

I haven’t figured out where I’m going to put it yet, but I have 20 yards of compost from Mr. Fox coming my way this spring. I use compost as mulch to prevent weed growth, improve water retention, and increase the amount of organic matter in the soil.

Flower Shares, our CSA model, are available to purchase! Check out the shop on our website.

A goal of mine this year is to try to decolonize my understanding of regenerative agriculture and acknowledge what came before that allows me to be here. I am able to farm this land because of theft, slavery, genocide, and generations of oppression. What can I possibly do as penance? I’m not sure that’s the right question, and I am not entirely sure what actions I will take this year, but I want to start with acknowledgement and changing my perspective. 

I live and work on land that was occupied by the Pennacook, Abenaki, and Wabanaki Confederacy. I’m already starting to understand that I belong to the land, the land does not belong to me. I am here to steward this land. The more we can heal the Earth, the more we can heal ourselves. This post from Soul Fire Farm first brought this issue to my attention. It felt really confusing at first, but I’ve been re-reading it and thinking about it a lot.

I hope you have a restful January. Spring is just around the corner and we’ll have flowers in no time!

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