Let Transplanting Commence!
We have arrived at that wonderful time of the year when our first flush of vegetables are ready for transplanting into the rich and luscious fields for their journey to maturation and harvest.
Weather this time of the year is tumultuous to say the least. Most days we experience light rain, heavy hail squalls, thunderous booms and then hot sun intervals just to keep the Northwest farmers on their toes.
The idea of a full day of sun in April, especially this year, is wanderlust, so you have to put on the layers and be ready for every window of opportunity at the drop of a hat. On our farm at Griffin Creek, we are very excited to work with our Checchi and Magli transplanter, the queen of transplanting that allows us to move veggie plants from the greenhouse to the field in a seamless manner. This amazing machine is made as their slogan reads “Checchi & Magli made in Italy with Passion!”
The company still delivers on its core belief and foundation started in 1976 in the province of Bologna to provide technologies that guarantee greater performance while respecting the maximum comfort for farmers. The objective of this vegetable-growing machineries company is to allow farmers a reprieve from bending over day in and day out as the transplanter is a three-person work of art.
One person drives the tractor, and two people sit behind the tractor on the transplanter, a dual system in which one person can plant two rows at a time. It has saved us countless hours of backbreaking work, and we are grateful. We are not a mammoth farm nor are we a tiny, hobby farm. We are comfortable in the small-to-medium range at cultivation of 137 acres. Transplanting is one of the most delicate operations of the entire crop cycle, which is dependent on weather, limited windows of opportunity, and the delicateness of the young vegetable plants. This week, we transplanted several hundred flats of kales, cabbages and lettuces. The beautiful, bright green seedlings lovingly placed in the rich, dark soil are a perfect remedy of hope and excitement amidst all of the cool and rainy weather. We can’t wait to share this first harvest with members in late May!
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