Our 2010 year in review can be found here for those who have interest: 2010 in Review
And now for the very thing everyone has been waiting for! Ok, maybe just what some of you has been waiting for... Well, maybe just a few of you...
Fine - maybe it's just that kid in the back. This one's for you "kid in the back," we hope you enjoy this list!
This year, we attempted a Tom Sawyer Week -where we gave a set of optional times. Our hope was that this would allow more people to find a way to work a trip into their schedule. Attendance was moderately higher, but we also found that it felt less like a burden to us using this format. And, several people got to help free up winter squash. Our winter squash harvest was reasonable this year thanks to this group's efforts.
We became a "very real" Faux Farm this season with the purchase and integration of several larger pieces of equipment. Yes, I suppose we are still a "fake farm" according to many since the "big" equipment is typically older, castoff items that are no longer used on conventional farms. But, they are exactly what we need, so no apologies there.
We've learned that used equipment comes with their rewards and their perils. The hay rack at left works well enough, but one of the front wheels still does not turn left or right. The two-bottom plow at right helped me to break ground in an effort to square off a plot, but it took some learning time to figure out the right depth and angles to make it work well.
2011 was a great year for our poultry. The only thing we feel was really different in 2011 from 2010 for our birds was the weather. But, then again, maybe we've improved the pastures and the pasture rotation? There were more veg thrown to them this year? Whatever the case may be, they were happy and they were healthy. We'll take it.
Major changes included moving the hens from the area east of the barn. Now that they are in the Poultry Pavilion, we find ourselves treading new paths in the snow. We rearranged some fields (turning triangles into rectangles), removed some fences, put up other fences, took out a large tree and blamed Gilder for all of it. Who is Gilder? Even if you watch the Princess Bride you will only know that it is the sworn enemy of Floren. So, I guess that may not help you all that much.
|Genuine Faux Farm - Tripoli|
|Blue Gate Farm - Chariton|
Yes, you read that one correctly. We picked spinach and found the sun to be strong enough in the high tunnel to result in a slight sunburn on February 28 in 2011. Not only did the spinach taste great, it looked great. And, it did us both some good to do a little bit of work outside/inside.
While this event might seem a bit small in comparison to the others, consider how different this was from prior years on the farm. A major change for us in a year full of changes.