Peak Summer, Fall and Winter Planning

Peak Summer, Fall and Winter Planning

While the 4th of July was a huge holiday for most, my big one was the longest day of the year last month. And while most people considered it the start of summer, I can already feel the days getting shorter as we slowly move towards fall and winter. Of course any labeling of weather with the 4 seasons i was taught as a child must not be interprerted too literally especially around here. But really what I am trying to say is that living in tune nature, sleeping in a tent every night, and being outside everyday, I can already sense the days getting shorter and the light starting to show autumnal hints. I myself am feeling tired, which is a typical occurence this time of year. From winter solstice to summer solstice the ever lengthening days work me into a frenzy that increases in tiny increments as the days get longer and there is more heat, as if I am being pulled out to see by a strong undertow. The solstice represents the wave breaking and then the rest of the year until days get longer is the momentum of that wave moving to shore and crashing. I have been feeling this ebb and flow very distinctly since 2011 which was when I started farming year round with no interruption. Hard to believe its been a non-stop season since then, which leads me to my next update that we will be taking a break for about 1 month this winter from mid december to mid january.

So as farmers are always working one season ahead if not even more, at this time of year I am planting fall and winter crops in addition to starting up butterhead successions after such overwhelming positive feedback about them. So nows the time where I am starting trays of flowers for continuous year round blooms  and for my own personal consumption, lots of brassicas.

By | 2018-03-31T15:32:07+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Earthworker Farm|Comments Off on Peak Summer, Fall and Winter Planning

About the Author:

I'm from Eastern Long Island, NY. Although in retrospect I have always been a farmer, certain events helped me realize this. When I started teaching high school biology in Brooklyn, i was given a classroom with a defunct greenhouse because none of the other teachers wanted it and I was lowest in seniority. I started rehabilitating it and then it was just a matter of time before I starting getting to work as soon as the school was unlocked to be able to spend time with my plants. I shared this love and excitement with my students. After working on an Organic Farm in Pennsylvania I knew farming was for me. I can pinpoint the moment to when I was barefoot planting fava beans. After this experience I knew I wanted my own buisiness/operation. I WWOOFed on the west coast from Washington down to New Mexico and chose Sonoma County as my home. I started with one customer and without any finances then developed my own practices as my farming slowly evolved into what it is today all along the common thread of full intimacy with the soil using just hands and hand tools. Thank you for reading!