Fast forward and here it is June 1st 2013. Just dropped Sawyer off at his new school (Swallowtail Waldorf School) up in Hillsboro and will head out to the pig pastures to clear fence as soon as my back eases up. It has been another full on winter and spring for the Marquis family and we are once again blessed to be back working the land
July 15th 2012, What a great harvest!!! The u-pick was a great success and we are grateful to all who came out to pick and enjoy. And not for nothin' They were some dam good berries if I don't say so myself. God bless 501 and the power of the sun to bring out the beautiful flavor of the vacciniums
April: tree work time, May: blackberries, blackberries, blackberries!!!, and June: Berry pickin times in the buetiful sun
March 24, 2012: Today we got Stormy and Coconut our new little Boer/Nubian cross goats from just up the road at Stacy Rungay's place. Stacy breads beautiful animals and next year when we have more time on our hands Stormy will make a great little milker and Lemon will be a good companion for her
March 20,2012: Sowed Phacelia, New Zealand white clover, Sudan Grass, red clover and Cereal Rye as cover for the summer to build soil organic mater, bust up 20 years of compaction and start getting some nitrogen going. We are in the process of finalizing a NRCS grant that will help us put in native cover and plant native shrubs at the row ends for the fall
March 7, 2012: We have some burros!!!! On Sunday, we welcomed 10 year old "Rosebud" and her baby "Lemon" to the farm. They are so sweet and our children really love having them as part of the farm. Donkeys make excellent guard animals and will be helping us protect the 220 geese that will be coming to the farm on May 20th
Sunday March 4: applied a biodynamic horsetail tea to help prevent botrytis - a fungus that attacks the bushes.
March 2, 2012: we applied the Biodynamic barrel compost spray to help a slow start at rebuilding the soil food web from the bottom up after a great deal of disturbance.
As of February 22, we are considered "In Conversion" to biodynamic certification. Demeter came to the farm and looked over everything that was happening and said we are on the right track. Great news!!!
It has been a busy spring!!! When we first got the land the berrries were compleatly engulfed in blackberries. It took the entire month of January with a total of 310 working hours to regain the berries and grub out the massive root masses of the blackberries, but with that behind us, we were on to pruning which put us through to mid Febuary just in time to spread compost and mulch. The mulch/compost was innoculated with the biodynamic compost preparations 502-507. Hopefully, the early blue will survive the nightly freezes we are having.