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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:01 AM by Parker Farm

Parker Farm News - Seed Orders are Complete

Hello All!

Well, the days are getting longer, the sun is warmer and brighter, the maple syrup makers have their taps up, and by late afternoon the ground that I am skidding logs over is thawing out and turning into mud - all signs of spring! As I mentioned a few years back in one of the newsletters, I remember as a kid going over to my grandmother’s house around this time of year for the annual screening of "The Wizard of Oz" on television. It always represented the beginning of the end of winter, and I knew that the next time we would go to her house it would be Easter, and spring would really be upon us. For that reason Easter was, and still is, one of my favorite days. On top of that, Grandma made a kick ass raisin sauce served with the Easter Ham!

Anyway, my seed orders are completed (and hopefully in transit to me as I write this) and now I begin to finalize my planting scheme, committing to paper my thoughts of how much, and where, to plant various crops, when and how often to start them in the greenhouse, what problems I may encounter in the various plots I plant them in, and what to plant after the first crop gets harvested, how the first crop may affect the second, and even third one after that. Some sections of ground will be planted 3 separate times, I am thinking ahead as far as September right now! And my crop scheme will change many times over the course of the season, I know for sure, as you can never be positive that crop A will be ready to harvest by the time the ground needs to be re-plowed and planted into crop B. For that reason, I often wonder why I bother to plan when it seldom ends up going according to plan! I guess it would be more accurate to calling it a crop strategy than a plan, similar to the approach one might take in preparing for a chess match. While I hate to think as the earth and the elements as my opponent, the reality of it is just that.

But, I am ready for it - confident but cautious, and fully focused on the awesome task ahead of me. Although, because of the downsizing of my farm, with fewer CSA shares and marketing outlets than in the past few years, I feel a whole lot less pressure than I have in years past. I do still feel haunted by the ghost of 2009, and as much as I want to churn out some type of superhuman effort to completely vanquish the ghost, I have to keep in mind that a superhuman effort is not what is needed. Just go and do what I have down year after year after year. Just go out and work hard and do the best job I can.

As far as CSA shares, I do still have some available, and I would appreciate any help you can provide in terms of spreading the word about the availability of the shares.

For those of you interested in my musical career, I will be playing at the Plough and Stars in Cambridge Tonight at about 10 o'clock. I have not done very much with my music this winter, preferring instead to stay focused on the rebuilding of the farm, but lately have been feeling better enough about things to resume playing - so if you are in the area, stop on and say hello!

Anyway, until next week,