Our fearless farmer Andrew woke up this morning in Alaska to an inch and a half of fresh snow. Happy mid-April! As he travels this week to do outreach with members in Alaska, he is reminded that the wet weather back home in the Pacific Northwest isn’t so bad after all.
Although March was dry and wonderful, April is quite wet and still all kinds of wonderful. We are ready to transplant at any window of opportunity. That being said, finding 2-3 day stretches of dry weather to get transplants in the ground isn’t easy. Our first plantings are big, falling over with robust growth and desiring fresh open field soil. This week we finally got our window and our plantings went into the earth. The soil and air temps are ideal, high fifties, overcast, and no hail.
Our crew cranked hard to put in 10 beds of lettuces, cabbages and kale, working until dark most nights. The bed shaper is working well as Ziggy finds his days back and forth several times between farms to fix any mishap that arise. This first push is always an incredible relief as we know it sets the course for the 8-10 successions to follow.
We are happy to have the crew return and we feel the true energy of or season starting. Emily continues her immense work in food safety and keeping us all in line before harvest begins in late May. School tours have been bringing great joy, watching hands get dirty in restoration projects and water analysis.
Let’s hope Andrew doesn’t bring any snow home with him and late April dries out for continued transplanting days. Have fun in your gardens and look for veggie starts at your local farmers markets! Now is the best time to plant them!
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