Hoop Dreams

So, we seem to always be building or rebuilding a new hoophouse around here.  And with each one, we pin our new hopes for an amazing farm year.   I remember talking to one of the Mennonite farmers we work with one winter day when he was finishing a new hoophouse.  He said, “I had a dream that the house was filled with cucumbers strung all the way up to the roof, and I just walked through with the children picking and eating them.”  Sweet dream. One of our other houses has the plastic removed because it is time to replace …

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Bringing in the Heavy Hitters

When I wrote, Eulogy to a Greenhouse in February I promised to add updates as we built our new greenhouse.    In the past few weeks, we have made some progress and the new structure is taking shape. We now have all of the side bars in place and more than half of the top bars.   The side pieces actually went in very easily thanks to the awesome High and Heavy Hitter made by (I love the company name)Wheatheart that we were able to rent from our local extension office. If you like machines you can click on this link to see a …

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Eulogy to a Greenhouse

The weather is starting to warm up and it is time for hibernating farmers to wake up from a winter slumber and get back to work.  Yesterday, we kicked off the season by taking down the remainder of our collapsed greenhouse (technically it was a hoophouse because it was covered in soft plastic). We used the greenhouse for 5 years on our farm.  It provided warmth for early and late tomatoes and strawberries and sheltered giant rosemary and lavender plants in the winter.  Over the years, we harvested thousands of pounds of full sized tomatoes and hundreds cases of our …

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