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When In Doubt, Hoe

The farm follows its own seasonal schedule, with no regard to calendar dates, and yet every Labor Day, like clockwork, I can count on losing field hands. Apprentices go back to school, Peter pick up extra hours at his county job, and Steve and I are left to consider where to step it up and where to ease off. Last year, we misjudged on the hoeing. We figured that by early September, we could sign off for the season—everything was slowing down, and it didn’t seem likely that the weeds still germinating would pose a threat. Several weeks later, as we struggled to pull beets through knee-high galinsoga, we realized our mistake. Fortunately, this year, we’ve still got Alison and Anthony putting i

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