Then, there are other hats you really WANT to be wearing, but you can't. Below is a picture that has been seen far less than we want by this point in the growing season.
Did it work? Well, sort of - but we have so much soil moisture after an all-time record for precipitation from May 2018 to May 2019 that there really isn't much we have been able to do to combat the problem.
What you see above is our method for marking our planting beds in a field. We use the tractor to mark beds that are the width of the tractor. When we cultivate with tractor implements, we just make sure to drive in these wheel tracks.
We are now up to four poultry flocks on the farm and will likely peak at six flocks this year. The henlets are residing the nice, "shed on wheels" that will serve as their home until they are ready to be integrated with the main laying flock.
Go ahead! We know you want to! Ok. We'll ask for you. What do we do with ourselves since we aren't doing the normal field work?
I'm glad I asked - so I'll tell me (and you).
We keep trying to find places to put plants so they stay safe AND can get watered and fertilized until we can put them in the ground. Sadly, one of those places that has had a history of being safe (Valhalla, the high tunnel building) was invaded by woodchucks not once, but twice. We lost all of our broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, chard, early melons and a few other things in a very short foray or two by those varmints. That means we have had to reseed a couple thousand plants AND create a new location to protect those plants until conditions are right to plant them.
Thus we now have the building we are calling Casa Verde (CV for short). Now that it is in functioning order, we're working on shoring up Valhalla so we can put some crops into that to make up for some of those not in the ground elsewhere.
So, we added some workers to the farm this past weekend. There are now TWO queens on the farm. Queen Boss Tammy and the Queen Bee. The Queen Bee brings thousands of workers with her that will be around to pollinate the crops that will theoretically go in the ground at our farm this year. In the past, we have hosted hives cared for by others and we always work to support native pollinators. This year, Tammy is trying her hand at beekeeping. This is not a honey operation, it's a pollination operation. They've only been here a few days, but one has already landed on Rob's hat and inspected him. Apparently Rob or the hat passed inspection.
We're guessing it was the hat.