Busy, busy, busy! Both here at the farm and on the road. Betsy was gone for a week to Florida for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers convention. She always comes back with a million new ideas and I have to try and sort through them with her. She was also awarded the Distinguished Service Award, even though she tried not to accept it, no one has worked harder for the Association. The last week and half has been a blur. The turkeys went in for processing which is both a lot of work and somber at the same time. It all went fairly smoothly and they are now in our walk-in cooler awaiting Tuesday’s market. Betsy had to turn around and drive up to Virginia to pick up 12,000 tulip bulbs that she jointly ordered with some fellow growers. These are now planted in crates so that we can force them early for next spring, look for them in March!
The two of us passed each other as I drove up to Asheville for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc. conference where I presented in three different workshops. At the banquet the Carrboro Farmers’ Market was awarded the Sustainable Business/Entity Award for the work its done and the leadership the market has given both to local farmers and to other markets across the state. It is markets like Carrboro and customers like you that give hope to small farmers and the ideas of viable local food systems. Monday I jumped on a plane to Alabama to give two workshops. One for the Alabama Sustainable Ag. Network and the other to a group from Auburn Univ. who are setting up an organic research station. I was really glad to get home after giving five talks in five days! I’d say the meeting season has started hard and fast.
The end of this week has been back to farm work. The cold snap last week finally killed the foliage on the tuberoses and the dahlias so that we could dig them for the winter. We have to dig these tubers because they cannot take the cold temperatures we experience over the winter, then we will replant them next spring. They have been kind of in the way of getting the rest of the fields put to bed for the winter. Now that they are out the last of the soil preparation is done and the cover crops are sown! Yesterday we planted the first 4000 Dutch Iris and the backs of our legs are telling us about it!