It's hard to believe that it's been a whole month at Lazy Heron Farm!
After spending the past growing season in Vermont, I’ve enjoyed my ‘second fall’ of mild weather in this North Carolina November. Among the first tasks was moving quickly to prepare for Sunny and Kate’s arrival: stretching fence for a paddock, setting up the barn, bringing in hay.
The horses have handled the transition to a new home and climate like the veterans they are. When I first bought them in Vermont, they, especially Sunny, would sometimes test me: can’t we walk a little faster to pasture?? I figure it was more the transition to a new human partner than a new home though, since they have settled in at Lazy Heron with no fuss. Stanly County’s heavy red clay may have come as a bit of a shock, though – maybe the toughest plow job they had done in a while, especially with the brick-like conditions with the lack of rain.
We’ve left a strip, maybe an acre, roughly plowed where the first spring crops will go. This may be the only time I leave bare ground without a cover crop for the winter: normally a winter-killed cover will be established in late summer for next year’s early vegetables. The freezing and thawing action in the coming months will start to break down the clods until I run a harrow through, compost, amend, and plant in March.
Many of my mornings have been filled with the energy of local second graders (I’m currently holding a part time gig teaching swim lessons at the Y), though afternoons now are largely devoted to infrastructure. This past week, landowner Ron and I trenched and laid down water lines from the well to both barn and field. I had some used cooler panels delivered and will begin assembling them into a walk in produce storage space in the coming days.
In addition to enjoying meeting folks Norwood and Stanly County, I was also happy to spend time with family around Thanksgiving. We’re fortunate to back up to the Pee Dee here, and there’s a nice spot to picnic down there.
Happy Holidays from Lazy Heron Farm!
A last piece of news: We're going to be at the NODA market!
Our application to the NODA farmers market was accepted this week, so, in addition to our Stanly County offerings, we look forward to going to market in Charlotte and offering a CSA pick-up there beginning this spring!