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Farm newsletter April 7th, 2019

Posted 4/8/2019 3:35pm by Kerry Gawalt.

Dear CSA members and farm friends,

Thank you to everyone who came out to see the farm, the Hartland Cattle Club 4H and Farmers Body at Flavors of the Valley yesterday. We sampled two of our cheese, many types of soaps, lip balms and hand creams and the 4H club raised over $500 selling raffle tickets, handmade shopping bags from recycled grain bags and homemade banana breads. The Farmers Body products will be in our farm stand, at the Lebanon Farmers Market, DHMC and available through our bodycare CSA.

Our plants are growing in the warm, propane heated greenhouse on this icy and rainy day. Soon they will be transplanted in our unheated high tunnel. The tomatoes, peppers and eggplants will leave their heated table and move into 4 inch pots of farm made potting mix in a few weeks. We are fortunate to have a beautiful supply of farm generated compost for starting baby plants. We make a mix of compost, perlite, peat moss and organic minerals tailored to the needs of each crop. As soon as the ground drys out, Stephen and the horses will spread straight compost on the garden where summer and fall crops will be grown. We have many local vegetable farms without their own animals who buy our compost. We have 1 million pounds of compost waiting for the weight limits to come off our road and be delivered by the 40 Yard tractor trailer load. This still leaves the farm with all the fertility for our 72 acres that we steward.

Kerry, for the farm crew.