Leafing Out

Hi everyone!  I'm Hailey -- I've been on the farm for a little over a month now and behind the scenes since the beginning.  I'll be taking the reigns on the newsletters every now and then. So, here goes! 

Suddenly it's Spring!  It doesn't seem so sudden, of course if you really look back and think about it.  It's no surprise that every year the earth turns, the seasons change, trees flower, the days get warmer.  Every year I know it's going to happen, but that doesn't change the shock when I look up and suddenly the trees are flooded in green.  All of the slow turning of the planet and the quiet invisible work going on all winter through the seemingly sleeping plant world has all of the sudden made itself known.  We see you spring!

Up until now we've kept you up to date with what we've been planting each month.  At this point in the season that practice is starting to get a little unwieldy as we've been planting just about everything!  Right now in the field we've got: head lettuce, salad mix, mesclun mix, arugula, spinach, kohlrabi, radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, chard, three kinds of kale, onions, cabbage, broccolli, cauliflower, peas, potatoes, and corn -- whew!!   In the greenhouse we've got all manners of tomatoes, peppers, squash, cukes, and flowers waiting for their day in the sun.  

What a difference three weeks makes!  The image on the left was taken on the morning of March 12th, and the image on the right was taken on April 4th. 

Just as April has brought the leafing out of many dormant trees, this past month has also brought our farm to life within the community. Through most of the winter the farm has been a quiet place. Don't get me wrong, we've been busy, for sure.  Holt built an unbelievable amount of infrastructure over the winter, and we've been planting, weeding, and preparing fields most every day. But this was a sort of private bustle, a quiet humming along.  This past weekend, the first of April, really brought the farm out into the open.  

Last Friday we had our first big harvest, and last Saturday we attended our first market in Charlotte and sold out of almost everything!  After all of the preparatory work we've been doing throughout the winter and early spring, it's fulfilling to finally take a harvest knife out into the field and fill a crate full of greens.  It's even more fulfilling to have the opportunity share those greens with veggie-loving folks at market!

On Sunday afternoon we hosted a farm tour and open house.  We expected a handful of folks to come out to the farm, but were overjoyed to find that our expectations were totally off.  I was too busy running around giving tours and Holt was too busy leading hayride after hayride to get an exact count on the turnout, but it is safe to say that this past Sunday was Lazy Heron's most populous day.  Friends and neighbors came out and enjoyed walking tours, hayrides to the river, and lemonade.  The kids definitely enjoyed the animals, especially our new pup Dusty Jo!  We love to be able to share what we're doing with our community--thanks to all those that came out and to our landlords Ron and Nancy Bryant for all their help in making it happen!

Alright, off to go transplant before this afternoon's storm! As the old saying goes, April showers bring May kale/collards/chard!  

See ya around,

Hailey and Holt

Can't wait for that sweet corn, already a few inches tall in the field!

John getting ready for potato planting.

  Hailey, Connor, and John transplanting scallions

Our new pup Dusty Jolene aka "Jo" living up to her name (note the red clay on her nose and tag)

Meet our newest animal additions: 4 pigs from The Naked Pig in Oakboro.

Ted, the magnificent and friendly rooster, our newest winged friend.

We met this little guy in the persimmon orchard