If “time flies when you’re having fun,” then I must be having fun. The beauty and challenge of keeping friends and supporters updated on agricultural work is that it is constantly changing. :) In March we prepared dusty soil while we waited for three extra weeks for the rains to come. Finally it has come, and for the past three weeks we’ve been in a whirlwind of planting and now weeding. Unfortunately, the rain is not very selective in what types of plants it waters, so we are doing our utmost to stay ahead of the “volunteers” we don’t want on our land.
I am very blessed to have a great team working with me. Obadiah and Phoebe (interns) and Peter are all young adults who have been working tirelessly with me and even kept working when I had to leave for a week. While most supervisors have to encourage their staff to keep moving, I had to call while I was away to make sure they were not working too hard. We work hard, but enjoy talking and telling stories and singing to pass the time in the fields. When I came back from Easter break, there was a joyful reunion.
So what projects do we have running now? We have two Farming God’s Way plots (totaling about .4 acres), growing maize and beans. We also have twenty vegetable beds dug in the Grow Biointensive model. We are planting cabbage, Swiss chard, collards, onions, leeks, tomatoes, lettuce (giving it a shot in a hot climate…), carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, cilantro, basil, garlic, and others. A friend sent sweet corn seed, so we had to prepare a place for that as well. Sweet corn isn’t eaten around here, so it will be fun to share a new flavor with co-workers. We also have 5 nursery beds where we have started seedlings before transplanting to the “mother” beds. And we hope to begin a couple Farming God’s Way workshops in the the community. All of this is keeping us plenty busy! For a full overview of my work, go to the “My Work” page. Here are a few more pictures for you: