For those of you keeping up with our winter blogging, you will know that we have been busy planning our 2015 season. Over the last month we have spent many hours at the desk, sketching up our field layouts for next year. We do this work amidst piles of seed catalogues, from which we select tried-and-true varieties of kale, carrots, and beets, as well as exciting new varieties of tomatoes, lettuces, and greens. The catalogues’ photographs of lush fields of produce make us yearn for summer’s sun, yet we can’t help but relish in this restful season spent mostly indoors, brainstorming ways to increase next season’s bounty. As we craft our growth for the upcoming season, here’s a window into our projected plans for Pachamama Farm in 2015:
It is with excitement and a bit of trepidation that we announce the official implementation of tractors into our production model. Yes, we did use our borrowed Massey 50 last season to move produce, wood, and other materials, but we rarely used it during the season for in-field tasks. This year however, rather than break our backs shaping beds by hand, we will be using a retrofitted bed shaper to more easily prepare seed beds for planting. This does require a departure from our idealistic vision for no-till organic agriculture, but we still plan to keep our soil disturbance to a bare minimum, and we will not be roto-tilling annually.
This increased use of tractors will also allow us to cultivate more land. So we will be sowing half an acre of our rich muck soil to winter squashes and onions. We are very excited about the potential this resource holds, since the nutrient dense soil speeds up the average growth of vegetables substantially. We expect that if we can successfully cultivate our muck this season, we will be able to grow more produce, more efficiently and quickly on our other 4 acres of muck in years to come. The caveat is, since it acts like a sponge, muck soaks up water, and tends to be a challenge to manage– in fact Ben already got the tractor stuck on it once! But we have received expert advice on managing our muck, and feel up to the task.
Lastly, we have exciting CSA news to report…We will be starting a Rochester CSA drop off at Atlas Eats this year. Our family is generously lending us the parking lot of their great restaurant in Irondequoit. So for any customer who found the weekly drive out to the farm a challenge, we are coming to you!
Stay tuned for more updates as the season approaches. And if you like us, and have been following us through our tasty food or through the world of cyberspace, we just started a Yelp page, so feel free to write a review!