The 2017 growing season is off to a great start in many ways. We have a solid new crew of four people (including, for the first time, an experienced assistant manager) and, with a few exceptions, crops in the field look good so far. Our winter cover crop was recently mowed down and is now nourishing the soil just as we planned, while a spring seeded cover crop of oats and peas is beginning to take off. Best of all we have a huge crop of what appear to be exceptionally healthy strawberries. Cross your fingers the weather stays relatively dry and we should have a great crop of certified organic never- sprayed-with-anything berries for CSA members and Bethesda MD farmers market customers for the next three weeks.
Last night we had the opportunity to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the farm in May alongside new and old friends. We hosted a "ten years farming potluck party" to celebrate that exactly ten years ago this month Cameron and I met as apprentices at New Morning Farm. Little did we know (I actually told the managers that year that I, "knew I wasn't interested in farming for a living long-term") that our two years of training at Jim and Moie Crawford's farm would one day lead to an operation of our own. We have such deep gratitude for the mentors, family members, employees, and friends who have helped us to keep on farming this past decade despite the vocation's many challenges. We look forward to sharing the bounty from our land with all of you in the months to come.
The farm was looking fine this morning during our kale harvest
Friends gathered at dusk for a potluck dinner. We showed off with a flat of freshly picked strawberries and whipped cream.