Springtime has arrived at Stout Oak Farm, and our fields are ripe with activity. Our season is off to a strong start with the help of a mild winter and our talented new farm crew. Together, we've been hard at work preparing for the months ahead and heeding the wise words of Margaret Atwood: "In the Spring at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
And delightfully dirty we've been. Here's a peek at what's been happening on the farm:
All month, we've been busy preparing the fields for planting - discing, tilling, fertilizing, and irrigating beds of soil to create comfortable conditions for our young seedlings to take root.
Planting is also a top priority. Sugar snap peas, arugula, baby kale, lettuce, napa cabbage, and bunched kale plants have already found their way into our soil. Soon, spinach and bok choi will follow. (Left) Abbie and Amber plant kale at the top of the hill. (Right) Amber transplants Red Russian kale.
|Peppers, bright green and vigorous.|
As the days grow longer, so do our to-do lists. Spring is a notably busy time on a farm. Yet it's a season that demands patience as much as hustle. Sometimes a rain shower puts tilling on hold for the day, or a mother Killdeer decides to build her nest in the middle of the field. In which case, it's all you can do to pause for a moment and admire nature at work at the turn of the seasons.
|A Killdeer nest found in the middle of our fields one morning.|