As is the case with most well meaning, tech savvy farmers who want to share their farm with the world... I will admit that I am terrible at keeping up with our blog. Our to-do lists are too long and we're always crunched for time. However, we've had a very eventful year and I'd like to have a record of some sort to see our progress over the years. So I'm going to try and update our blog at least once a week (hold me to it).
For the past couple of months we have been working really hard to clear our largest field to prep land for spring planting. All our pastures are filled with 6ft-10ft tall saplings that have to be removed before we can plow. We cut the saplings in the late Fall and have been pulling the left over stumps with a box blade. Not the easiest or best way to do it but it's all we can manage on our tight budget with limited equipment.
We've been slow to get this work done because it's difficult for me to pull stumps alone during the day. It's really a two man job and it's pretty dangerous to do it alone so we have to find time to work on it when Ross isn't at work. It took about a month but we finally got about 2 acres of stumps pulled with 0.5 acres to go. With a large area of stumps cleared, we started plowing!
At this point we have 2 acres plowed! We're very satisfied with what we've got done so far especially considering how much work we had to do just to get to the point of were we could plow. Hopefully the weather we cooperate and can get in as early as possible to disc and amend the beds to start planting.
On another note: the super cold temps this week have basically wiped out of field crops. We're not too sad though. We were pretty surprised how well the plants have done this far. At this point, we'll be taking mostly microgreens and shoots that we grow in the greenhouse to market for the rest of the winter.
Ross and Jillian Mickens are the owners and operators of Open Door Farm located in the North Carolina Piedmont.