Planning for Harvests
Our winter CSA season has been put on hold due to the extremely hard freeze we had in December, heavy vole damage, and a few crops that failed to thrive in our newly broken ground. I'll keep coming to you with updates, but for the rest of the month at least they won't be harvest updates unfortunately. I've been offering winter shares for about four years now, after about 15 years of working on CSAs that only harvested late spring through the fall and a handful of years gardening through the winter. Some years (like 2013) we have mild weather and the harvests are amazing, full of tasty greens and roots. Some years (like 2011 and 2014) we're not quite as lucky and we don't quite make it through the winter with what's outside. I'm still optimistic that we'll get a little more regrowth and some more tasty greens by the end of the season in March.
On that optimistic note, I'm also taking advantage of the time I'm not harvesting this week to plunge head on into more planning details for the rest of the 2014 seasons. Yep, two big screens of spreadsheets and a notebook and I've almost got the last details on the planting list completed. All of the seeds are ordered and most have arrived, the first items from the draft list are actually getting seeded in our new unheated hoop houses this week, and as Louis noted in the last blog post, we've already started seeding in the greenhouse as well as working up ground outside for planting later this month (provided the we.
I'm tackling the labor budgets today. If only farming were all fun in the fields. At least it's a little warmer in the home office today. Hope you're all enjoying a warm mug of something out there while you dream of this spring's harvests too.
Chief Vegetable Accountant,
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