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October 23, 2019

Late-October marks the return to watching overnight lows like a hawk. We had our first frost last weekend, but we were more or less prepared. Lisa, Michael, and I spent Friday morning harvesting greens and peppers for the Saturday pickup, and in the afternoon, we shift...

September 18, 2019

It’s mid-September, and we’ve entered the season’s final lap. There's plenty of harvesting and post-harvest handling still ahead, but the planting is done and the weeding optional. Even in the midst of so much abundance and hustle, the end is undeniably near.  

As...

August 23, 2019

The fields are erupting with food! The past month been a blur of non-stop harvesting, and now that the fall crops are coming in, our biggest challenge is finding enough bins to hold it all. It’s a lot a weight to carry, but luckily I had a eureka moment back in Ju...

July 16, 2019

Garlic harvest—done.

Blueberry nets—done.

Tomato mulching—done.

Handweeding, flower trellising, email catch-up…not so much.

Viewed from certain angles, the farm looks great. The fields are neat, the weeds still fairly low to the ground, and the harvests as fresh and abunda...

June 17, 2019

It’s strawberry season, and CSA members know it. They zip into the Tin House, grab their quart containers, and head to the fields with purpose. “The Hustle” plays in my head as I watch them go. These members know the brevity of the season—that strawberries wait for no...

May 21, 2019

We’re closing in a full week of no serious precipitation, and it feels as though our world is finally drying out. Spring showers are nothing new, but coming on the heels of last summer’s torrential rain, and it’s a recipe for—you guessed it—mud. One of the first lesson...

April 14, 2019

The season is moving along. Compost has been spread, beds have been prepped, and a greenhouse’s worth of flats have been transplanted. Dan, Steve, and I have been zipping all over the farm like a small army of ants, yet there’s not much to show for our efforts, in term...

March 19, 2019

Here’s a sure-fire sign of spring—the chickens are back in the field. Steve is relieved, having towed the coops down the muddy back road and come fairly close to sliding into a ditch. Judy is anxious, given that a late-winter snowfall could still throw a big wrench int...

February 18, 2019

This time last year, the Tin House was a mess. Three big construction projects were underway at once—the root washer, the onion rack, and another chicken coop—and you risked life and limb just trying to set your foot down. This winter, however, the situation is entirel...

January 21, 2019

January may seem like an odd time to obsess over harvesting garlic, but here I am, doing exactly that. Dan, Steve, Peter, Glenn, the kids, and I just spent four days at the NOFA-NY winter conference in Saratoga, and while there were many great takeaways, garlic is fron...

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