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It's break week!

While our members won't be receiving a box this week - that doesn't mean we won't be working hard on the farm during our second biggest planting week of the season.

So what will we be doing on break week?

Monday

Planting:

We will be getting scallions, lettuce, celery leaf, parsley, fennel, dill, beets, cilantro in the ground.

Seeding:

Cold stratification of our elderberry seeds (the process by which you mimic winter in your fridge by placing moistened seeds in the soil in a Ziploc for up to 120 days) we will be starting red, blue, and purple varieties.

Starting our culinary and medicinal herb garden will help our flock and our soils stay healthy.

  • Basil, Sweet Lettuce Leaf (Ocimum basilicum)

  • Burdock, Gobo (Arctium lappa)

  • Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

  • Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita)

  • Cilantro/Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

  • Dill, Bouquet (Anethum graveolens)

  • Elecampane, Official (Inula helenium)

  • Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

  • Flax, Brown (Linum usitatissimum)

  • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

  • Marjoram, Sweet (Origanum majorana)

  • Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

  • Motherwort, Official (Leonurus cardiaca)

  • Nettles, Stinging (Urtica dioica)

  • Oregano, Greek (Origanum heracleoticum)

  • Parsley, Italian (Petroselinum crispum)

  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

  • Sage, Garden (Salvia officinalis)

  • Savory, Lemon (Satureja montana var. citriodora)

  • Savory, Summer (Satureja hortensis)

  • Savory, Winter Purple (Satureja montana ssp. illyrica)

  • Tarragon, Russian (Artemisia dracunculoide)

  • Tulsi, Temperate aka Holy Basil (Ocimum africanum)

  • Valerian, Official (Valeriana officinalis)

  • Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis)

  • Yarrow, Official (Achillea millefolium)

Tuesday

With the possibility of rain, we will focus on getting as many plants in the ground as possible to take advantage of the free irrigation.

We will also be prepping beds for spring by raising our beds. How do we do this? We throw dirt from the walkways onto the beds by driving our angled plow down the walkways between the beds. This raising process allows the beds to dry out more quickly in the spring, meaning we can plant earlier and with better aeration.

In beds that we won't be using for fall or winter crops - we will be planting a thick cover crop to reduce winter erosion and help build and maintain soil life/structure. The cover crop will also be a source of foraging for our spring flock rotation and comprise a grass, a legume, a root, and mustard greens.

Wednesday

Our new plants will be cultivated for the first time - helping reduce weed pressure throughout the plants' life.

We will continue to prep beds for fall and spring and be tarping over weedy fields to occulate over the winter.

Broadforking will be the name of the game to help introduce air and water deeper into the soil profile without destroying the soils' structure.

Thursday

Construction time! we have equipment that needs to be assembled, including:

  • Vacuum Seeder

  • Leek Planter

  • Baby Leaf Harvester

  • CFT Worm Bin

  • Flame Weeder

We will also be introducing our flock to pasture for the very first time!

Friday

Harvesting for market! It is also Mike's birthday!!!!!!

Saturday

We will be at the Tower Grove Farmers Market from 8-12:30 pm.

Sunday

we will be at The Boulevard from 9-1 pm


We will be back on 9/20 (which is my birthday!) to finish our season

expect to get carrots, greens, herbs + more!!

We will not be at the Tower Grove Farmers Market on 9/11.
We will be at the Boulevard Farmers Market on 9/12 from 9 am-1 pm!

 

Fun Fact: chicks can survive for the first 72 hours from hatching with no water or food - which is how it is possible to get them sent through the mail. How? they survive on the nutrients they receive from their egg for the first day or so and are mailed just hours after hatching.

 

arriving on the farm

The post office calls to let us know there are many loudly chirping boxes with our name on them waiting to be picked up by us.

 

With the "triage" brooders ready with food, water, and heat - we count our chicks while giving them their very first drink of water they've ever had in their life (warmed to 75 degrees to keep them from getting a chill).


The first few days of their lives are so crucial and can have the most impact on their health.

 

chick care - not just the Instagram content

Because we raise our flock following Certified Organic standards, we have to be vigilant about our biosecurity measures and closely observe our new chicks for any signs of sickness, stress, or negative indication.

 

After the first day, once the birds have recovered from their stressful journey through the postal system - we will move all the healthy chicks to our large brooders and quarantine any sick or struggling chick to be nurtured.

 

Moving, monitoring, feeding, and caring for 177+ chicks can be an incredibly nourishing and beautiful experience. It also can be exhausting, stress-filled, and heartbreaking at times.


Since our new chicks arrived Friday and consumed pretty much the entire day, we decided that we would spend Saturday morning getting our large brooders ready for their first transfer. We won't be at the Tower Grove Saturday Market, and we will see you at the Sunday Boulevard Farmers Market from 9-1 pm!


Most farmers have a complicated relationship with rain 🌧.



Conventional commodity farmers can lose an entire year's of work because of one ill-timed storm. It’s why it’s common practice in American Ag to douse crops in glyphosate (read: Roundup) a few days before harvest to desiccate the plant, making it dry more quickly than what would happen naturally.


I’m not here to demonize other farmers or judge the choices they make when I’ve never been put in that situation — but I do think this information should be well-known. A lot of people think they are gluten-intolerant when it’s more likely that their body is glyphosate-intolerant. Since it’s sprayed so close to harvest, it can be found in high amounts in American/Canadian wheat 🌾.


So what’s our relationship with rain?

Luckily — due to our small scale and direct-to-consumer nature — we can have an open and honest dialogue about how we navigate wet soils and rainy days with our community. Adapting and getting creative with how we handle our water on-farm is essential for the continued growth of our micro-ecosystem.


  1. We refrain from harvesting. when soil is saturated — it often means the plants themselves are essentially swimming 🏊‍♀️ (remember, the plants need air in the earth to complete the cycle of energy⚡️production- remember that dastardly Krebs cycle? Well the roots are where that action takes place to complete and store the sugars made by the leaves) which can be stressful to most plants — further stress by harvesting will leave you with a crabby plant that is more prone to infection caused by the opening made when harvesting.

  2. We refrain from driving our vehicles do you like getting stuck and covered in mud? Well neither does our machines - plus it can cause rust, not to mention the ruts and compaction that can wreck soil and speed erosion.

  3. Add straw/hay to our birds housing and pasture Its so funny to me how much birds LOVE straw - especially on wet days. Like us, they don’t especially like having wet feet all the time and staying on your perch all day can get pretty boring. Luckily straw of a fantastic enrichment activity, as they get to explore for seeds, eat any bugs that wonder onto the soil, and most importantly, have a nice, dry play area in their pasture. Straw also helps build our soil and soak up the nitrogen from our bird droppings in its decomposition process.

  4. Focus on Indoor Projects. So what exactly do we do on the farm during wet days? After tending to the animals and checking fences, we tackle any/all Indoor projects we can. This includes sowing new seeds, cleaning + packaging eggs, writing blog posts, catching up on bookkeeping, organizing our toolhouse, greasing machinery, sharpening tools, sealing wooden handles on equipment, and more!


At times, there is a disconnect between weather and how it may affect your local farmer. For the past 100 years we’ve come to view, as a society, that food is a commodity and ever-present. The absence of grace that can be felt by the farmers who are experiencing the brunt of the climate crisis is too often real. We must be able to realize as a society, how crucial it is to extend that grace and understanding to those who are essential to our survival


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