The Ice Man Cometh...
Welcome to the new website! Let us know what you think. With any luck, we will be sharing weekly farm-related musings with anyone patient enough to read this. Happy snow day!
We are working to get the farm ready for planting, but because of the weather we are spending way more time indoors than out. There is nothing more contemplative to a farmer than cold. We're stuck inside facing the consequences of last year's failed harvest. We have vacationed, listened to lectures at conferences, we may have even tried our hand at a little bit of spreadsheet crop planning. by late January, I'm beginning to acquire Restless leg Syndrome. I want to plant, I want to prep the fields, I want to order more seeds than I could ever hope to plant in one spring.
If Apps had feelings, The Weather App on my phone would be experiencing a What About Bob- level of annoyance with me during this time of year. I check it compulsively, and like a goldfish, I forget everything within seconds. We are looking for that first 2-3 day window with warmer evening temperatures, which will warm the soil in our hoophouses to allow us to seed the early spring crops of Spinach, Turnips, Carrots and Arugula. So far, no luck, but it looks like we might get a break over the weekend. Or maybe. Wait, let me check the weather again... Yeah, that's right.
Many of you in Atlanta experienced a frustrating clog of cold, in which nothing moved, and you prayed for some higher authority to rescue you from your situation. That's basically the entire month of January to a farmer. We wait for the right window, and we end up stuck in our offices looking longingly at our barren fields. It's a dicey situation, knowing that virtually everything we rely on for income hasn't even seen the inside of a greenhouse yet. But that trepidation makes us eager to press on, and soon the window will open, and we will take to the fields and plant in excitement of all the possibility of spring. Lets get growing!