Well, technically it’s May 1st, but this is the first time I’ve had a second to give a monthly update, so maybe I’ll monkey around with the dateline and pretend like this was published yesterday.
You know that line from T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, right?
APRIL is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Some years Eliot’s April is not my April. Some years, my April involves snow and freezing temperatures and there are no dull roots being stirred and no lilacs (or any other flower) being bred out of the dead land.
This year however, my April was Eliot’s April and it was glorious. I don’t think Eliot Aprils are cruel Aprils. I think they’re lovely. I mean, not as lovely as May or June, but still, the daffodils and tulips and alliums managed to avoid getting frost bit, the peach trees put out blossoms for the first time ever, and we brought a new goat here to the farm!
Our oldest child is interested in developing a really great goat bloodline, so we added this adorable little doeling to our herd. Which means now we have to make the goats a bigger enclosure. Which means more fencing.
Don’t let anyone fool you- 40% of farming is building, repairing, and checking fences, 50% is hauling rock from one place to another, and 10% is growing food.
We were able to get the fields tilled, which is saying something. Given the size of our fields, and our desire to be as low-impact on the soil as possible, we don’t own a tractor. Instead, we do low-till methods with the sparing use of a rototiller. So every spring, we wait for a weekend when the soil isn’t wet, then we rush to go rent a commercial-grade tiller and work until it’s too dark to see.
This makes for some very sore mornings.
But the fields are done, we’ve got seeds in the ground and starts in the greenhouse, just about ready to start hardening off, and things are rolling along.
We got our new logo finished up! We used Hickster Tees, which is a local artist here in town, and we’re just in love with the results-
I’m sure there’s some more things I should include but I’m so whipped right now. The four boys are in baseball this year, so between farming and baseball practice, I’m spent.
Oh! Can’t forget this last bit- we opened a second pickup site for the CSA! Our second site is in West Hartford, at Beachland Park. If you wanted to join Ghost Fawn’s 2017 CSA, but didn’t want to schlep all the way out to the Quiet Corner, here’s your chance! We’ve only got three spots left, so don’t wait.
CSA signup info is here.
Ghost Fawn on Facebook is here.
Ghost Fawn on Instagram is here.
Until next month!