Sunday, April 26, 2009


Carl Pless testing out the new tractor on Thursday

OK I've come to the realization that this blog is not going to be an effective form of communication for those following Cold Water Creek Farms unless it is updated more frequently. The problem is that I tend to put off updates until I have time for a more comprehensive report. I'm tossing that strategy out the window. From now on I will be doing more frequent updates, perhaps even *gasp!* twitter updates from the field.

But even if I decide to avoid that particular strategy I will be posting more often. The result will be shorter, less comprehensive blog posts. Some might not even have images. But, I think this will give more people what they are looking for from this blog- short updates on what is happening with their food. So on to the first of these quick updates.

1. We have access to a new tractor! I'll further explain the concept of the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in a future post (it's part of our land base) but the short story is that there is a new tractor on site and... it's finally dry enough to work the soil!

For those of you who aren't farmers or meteorologist let me share that it has been a cool and wet spring and the ground has been too wet to work for weeks. The good news- we'll be sitting on a new tractor tomorrow working in 4 feet of winter rye and getting ready to put out plants. Speaking of which...

2. We have transplants ready. We have much of our warm weather stuff like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant ready to go or they will be ready as soon as the ground has been worked and the cover crop has decomposed a bit. This required more than a few long days of potting up transplants.

Brad and Eric pot up tomatoes in the greenhouse as the sun sets

3. Sweet potatoes are starting. From what I'm told it's been a while since someone in Cabarrus County has had a significant amount of sweet potatoes in production. We have 20 bushels worth of potatoes in the greenhouse creating slips for us to plant when warm weather sets in for good.

That's all for this evening.


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