Owls, Hail And Greenhouses
Every so often, we happen upon an owl during the day. This week, we flushed a barn owl out of the newly mowed cabbage fields. Their silent and spectacular flight is so breathtaking that it stopped us in our tracks. Even Mae our farm dog sets off running wild to catch a closer glimpse. The experience is often very quick as it flies swiftly to deeper woods. Without hesitation, it almost nods “no close viewing today.”
The birds are without a doubt ushering in spring even if the days of March are having a hard time transitioning. Last week, it hailed many times, seven times in one day in fact. Pellets of frozen rain mixed with a little thunder and lightning are generally not our favorite working conditions.
The fields are still beaten down with the heavy snows of February, and there is a quiet calm before the weeds start to move into action. The air feels very clean and pure this time of year—no heat or smoke, no fall leaves or decaying veggies— just a fresh sense of renewal.
We have quickly filled up our first greenhouse of the season with the warm smell of soil mix gracing our days. Oh, how sweet it is! Ziggy has had to fix the seeder at least four times a day. On average, it is quite finicky, and the first flushes are always tough to get going. We continue to tinker and always prevail. We persist in our clean up as much as possible knowing that this window of opportunity will soon disappear into long farm days. On all fronts, we are starting to get busy. We are excited to have our first farm member day on the 30th. Looking forward to sharing the beginning of spring together!
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