Winter on the Farm

The days are short and the ground is frozen but it is an important time of year for us on the farm because it gives us the chance to look ahead to what is next. With the previous season still fresh in our minds we can make decisions for the following year without the distraction of time sensitive needs around the farm. Lise and I spent much of December at the computer, surrounded by seed catalogues, going over detailed plans for each crop so that we can hit the ground running when the fields thaw. In addition to finishing our crop plan and seed order last month, we also attended a farm business workshop in Rhode Island, conducted interviews for our Grower’s Assistant position, signed up many returning CSA members and continued cleaning up around the farm.

We enjoy the time and energy winter gives us to plan but a note about the non-planting months would not be complete without mention of our appreciation for the time we get to spend with family and friends. With no greenhouse to water or vegetables to harvest we are able to keep a schedule more conducive to dinners with friends and visits with family. It has been fun to cook, chat, and generally catch our breath after an eventful 10 months!