October 29, 2020

Preparing the Farm for Winter

Now that the days are getting colder, everyone at the farm is busy with outdoor autumn chores.

To stay organized during seasonal transitions, we follow a schedule of important tasks from one year to the next. I create very detailed lists of all that needs to be done and go over them with the grounds crew every morning. This week, we put up all the storm doors, covered the air-conditioner pits, and wrapped the exterior shutters around my vegetable greenhouse. And, just in time. We're expecting a lot of cold rain over the next couple days - maybe even a bit of snow.

Here are some photos, enjoy.

October 28, 2020

Planting the Cold Frame

I'm so fortunate to be able to grow fresh, organic vegetables all year round - soon, I will have a new crop of produce growing in my cold frame.

A cold frame is a transparent-roofed enclosure, built low to the ground that utilizes solar energy and insulation to create a microclimate suitable for growing or overwintering plants. Yesterday, my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, planted seeds in my large cold frame located just outside the main greenhouse - cilantro, parsley, chervil, spinach, and kale.

Enjoy these photos.

October 27, 2020

Seeding a Field at the Farm

Fall is a great time to take care of some of those lawn maintenance chores.

Not long ago, my outdoor grounds crew foreman, Chhiring Sherpa, took on the task of seeding a piece of land adjacent to my field of Christmas trees. The area had long been used to access the growing trees, various compost piles and my large storage building. Over time, sections became messy, mucky, and unleveled, so Chhiring cleared and cleaned the space, went over it with a chain harrow, dropped the grass seed, and raked - the work has made quite a difference.

Here are some photos, enjoy.