As it stands, we have been farming on our own land for
We arrived in coastal Texas on January 2nd, and it's been a non-stop project since the moment we stepped out the car. It's to be a project with no end, as we've witnessed from farmers and farms older and more established than ourselves.
But--and here's where the lights dim and the violins tune up---there's a difference between farming and farming.
At times, we can't help feeling we're dallying in the Playskool variety of farming. We're constantly busy-- making calls, sending emails, placing orders,updating spreadsheets and twitter twatters, making calls, sending emails, making notes to make calls, emailing eachother to make a call.
And yes, there is the seeding and watering, the digging and pitchforking.
But there's been a little itch somewhere deep in our Young Farmer Soul that whines,
"When do we put stuff in the ground? When do we hold a hoe and dress in our dumpiest sun-protective clothing?"
Well, whine no more, silly itch.
I knew you were just a mosquito bite, anyway.
(Seriously, the mosquitos are biblical here.)
Yesterday was our first day to put seeds to soil, feeling as real as could be.
The day started early with a trip to Home Depot to rent a walk-behind tiller.
Alex tilled each of the 16 100ft beds, going over the soil 3-6 times, depending on the bed.
This gave us much softer, easier-to-plant-into soil that looks like this:
The desired seeds were dropped with love into the furrows by hand, and then followed up with sprinklings of fertilizer and compost.
We then followed with our CobraHead cultivator (works like a hoe but think of it as a really sharp demon fingernail) and made furrows down the beds.
And, just as dusk was upon us, we were done. And it felt good. We have lettuce, radishes, scallions and carrots in the ground. Right now. They're growing just as your eyes skim these words.
We've been farming our own way for 46 days, give or take. We've been making mistakes and (hopefully) learning from those mistakes for 46 days, give or take. The days and mistakes will continue to tally up as long as we can keep this all together.