As a part of this celebration, we're going to do some "retrospective" pieces. For those that have been with us for some time, you might enjoy seeing some of this to remind us all how far we've come. If you have not been with us all that long, you get the benefit of seeing where we've been without having to go through the growing pains with us!
For those who have interest, you may notice links in this post to other blog posts from 2011. They actually give a pretty good feeling for that year, so feel free to take them and explore. In particular, you can see what we thought of the year with our 2011 in Review post that we put out there in January, 2012.
|Our granary, as it looked in January 2011.|
But, if 2011 is known for anything, it would likely be for the rapid and significant progress on the infrastructure of the farm itself. The new high tunnel was about to enter its first full season as was Durnik the tractor. In a very real way, our response to the difficulties in 2010 was to dedicate ourselves to making this an even better farm than it was in years past. To do that, we realized the barn was no longer going to be a working part of the farm and we had to adjust accordingly.
|Turkey room in the Poultry Pavilion|
|Area prepped for the new hen room.|
|Always amazing how those guys worked on that roof.|
|A lot of progress by Fall.|
|Meanwhile, the barn was under deconstruction|
|Portable feed wagon parked in the old barn and the two bottom plow in the granary|
The modifications to the farm weren't limited to buildings and equipment. We worked to reconfigure some of our fields in order to make the operation more efficient with our changing tool set.
In fact, reviewing 2011 becomes more interesting if we consider how these changes have been adapted further by 2015. The field reconfiguration was taken a step further this year when we added our second high tunnel. Many of the implements we purchased, such as the two bottom plow and rotary mower are still important parts of our operation and Barty is incredibly important. The Poultry Pavilion has two poultry rooms and areas to store straw now and the pastures behind the building have some fencing, trees and bushes added since that time. The truck barn sees a great deal of activity every year and the granary is an important storage building for feed and equipment. Meanwhile, the remnants of the barn slowly fall to the ground.
But, the most lasting improvement to our operation came in the form of a group of farms that agreed to take the time to visit each other during the growing season. The Gang of Four was born, in part, as a result of the struggles of previous years. Since that time, we have come to know some fantastic people who also have a passion for growing quality food using sustainable methods. And, we have learned that part of sustaining our operations is finding and nurturing relationships with others who share some of the same concerns and trials.
|Gang of Four at Scattergood Friends School farm|