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Posted 5/1/2009 12:55pm by Michael Scheidel.

Welp, I've been joking with the folks who have been helping with the move to the farm saying, "This doesn't feel much like farming!"  It seems like all we have been doing is moving lots of furniture and boxes of our stuff.  I haven't been able to do much field work because of the move.  One thing that the move has made us realize that WE HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF. 

However, due to the help of some incredible family and friends, we're in the farm house!  We moved in this past weekend.  We are all adjusting to the new environment.  Em and I are frustrated by living out of boxes and not knowing exactly where everything is.  The kids are seemingly oblivious to the frustration and are loving their new home and farm.

The greenhouse is built and just needs to be covered with plastic.  Then our flats will have a home. 

Here are a few things we have ready to transplant into the field or that have been recently direct seeded: cabbage (3 varieties), lettuce (same), chard, spinach, beets, carrots, peas, fava beans, lettuce mix, spicy greens mix, scallions, red onions, etc...

Last night I was seeding flats until after dark: escarole, endive, savoy cabbage, bok choi, tatsoi, 4 varieties of lettuce, etc...

Almost all of our peppers and tomatoes have been transplanted into cell flats and are bulking up for transplanting into the field in a few weeks.

So lots of change for the farm and for us as a family.  We are really excited about growing all of this food and sharing it with our community and families. 

We have no suitable internet connection at the farm so if postings are sporatic, we are working on getting set up. 


Posted 4/5/2009 9:05pm by Michael Scheidel.

Well last Sunday we got nickle sized hail that punched a few holes in the greenhouse plastic but not much more.  This week was miserable with 2" of rain, 50 mph winds...  And today, welp, a lovely one but it is not to last.  They're calling for another 2" over the next 2 days.  Each time it rains plowing the fields gets pushed back farther and farther; can't plow wet ground.  So pray for a 4-6 day break in precipitation!  

Also, I'm not sure if I posted this before but the garlic looks great (I'll upload a photo soon).  I was a bit worried with this really cold winter they wouldn't do so hot but they are doing fine.  Fava beans are planted as are about 1000' of Oregon Giant snow peas and Sugar Ann snap peas.  I've got quite a few flats started including the first of a few varieties of cabbages, collards, kale, spinach, bibb romaine & green leaf lettuce.  Onions have been transplanted from strips to individual cell flats called 288s (288 individual cells for each onion, VERY TEDIOUS WORK). 

TOMATO HEADS:  all of my first tomatoes are up and will be transplanted up to larger cell flats soon.  I will be growing about 15 varieties of tomatoes including quite a few herilooms plus standard red slicing tomatoes.  You'll be eating one like Black Krim, green sausage and green zebra, and dad's sunset.  I'll keep you posted.  Hope all are well.




Posted 4/3/2009 7:33pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey good folks.  I wanted to share with you a Glossary of Meat Production Methods from Sustainable Table.  This simple pocket guide creates clarity for some of those terms you may not be familiar with.  Enjoy!    http://www.sustaina bletable. org/getinvolved/ materials/ GlossaryofMeatPr oductionMethods. pdf.


Posted 3/18/2009 8:27pm by Michael Scheidel.
Hello good Little Peace friends, CSA members and family.  We are very excited to launch our new website!  I hope you all find it useful and nice to look at!  If you look at the farm slideshow or the photo gallery you will see a few photos of your onions, leeks and brussel sprouts growing.  That's all I have in flats right now but that is about to change real soon!  Tomorrow I will be seeding Oregon Giant snow and Sugar Ann snap peas and next week (I can't believe I'm already saying this) I'll be starting my early tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant!  I will be seeding some flats of some greens as well.  Anyway, please feel free to add comments to the blog.  Thank you all for your belief in us and what we are doing and thanks most especially for your patience!  Peace! Michael and Emily and kids...
Posted 3/4/2009 9:52am by Michael Scheidel.
So here goes...We are curently planning on buying our farm in the Reedsville area near Lake Wynonah.  The farm is vacant and we planted our garlic and strawberries there last year, looking positively aheas that we would be there by spring at the latest.  Before we make this purchase, we must sell our two properties in O-burg.  It looks like one is just about sold and we have another showing for the home we live in on Friday.  NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE, WE ARE FARMING OVER IN REEDSVILLE FOR THE 2009 SEASON.     
Posted 2/22/2009 8:38pm by Michael Scheidel.
I'm trying to be patient..