The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota’s Festival of Farms tour was on Saturday, July 12 and one of the folks visiting, Mary Ellen Frame, took some great photos. If you weren’t able to make it, take the tour via her photos: First, we headed out to the orchard where Mike talked about some of our pest management strategies.
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota sponsors its Festival of Farms tour this Saturday, July 12. This year’s tour will leave from Just Food Co-op in Northfield at 9 am, visit Waxwing Farm for an hour, and then come to the orchard for tours and hard cider samples. If you want to ride the bus […]
We just finished up our first large-scale planting of new trees in the orchard. Whew! It was a little more work than we’d expected since it wasn’t just a simple matter of putting trees in the ground. Instead, it was planting trees PLUS preventing something called “orchard replant disease” PLUS preventing weeds PLUS a preemptive strike […]
The orchard’s looking a little different these days: a lot fewer trees and a lot more big holes. In case you’re wondering — yes, we cut down those trees and dug those holes on purpose. It’s called “orchard renovation” and it’s a step we’re taking for lots of reasons: Some of our trees were getting […]
Public sentiment, as represented by articles in the popular press, toward crop insurance seems to be pretty negative. The predominant storyline always seems to be about how farmers are getting rich off of crop insurance. W’re writing to provide a counterpoint to that story, to tell about our experience with crop insurance after we lost […]
We’re going to have an orchard work day on Saturday, June 15 from 1:00-4:00 to thin apples and hang insect traps. Join us! Both of these activities are a bit labor intensive because of our preference to avoid using synthetic chemicals. Sevin is what most conventional orchards use to thin apples, and we’ve always been […]
We have a new piece of equipment, a Seppi M, that’s been a long time in the works. It’s a flail chopper and we’re calling her “Sofia,” because she’s Italian and she chews ’em up and spits ’em out (branches, that is).
The early end of the apple season’s given us a great opportunity to work on the non-orchard part of the land, so the chainsaw’s been a’buzzin’. Mike’s taken out some ridiculously large buckthorn plants, some black locust that were spreading like wildfire on the edge of the orchard, and some ornamental crabapple trees that had […]
After our slightly crazy experience flaming sowthistle only to see it produce seedheads again and again, we decided to verify that we were not, in fact, crazy and flame in a more ordered fashion à la an experiment of sorts. So here’s what we did: I picked some sowthistle (yellow flowers) and spread it out in […]
Warning: the story below is a bit melodramatic but when you’re battling weeds as pernicious as thistle, that’s just how life feels. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s part two, in which I promise to relay our experiences in a more clinical and less-biased fashion. The thistle has started to bloom and go to seed, so we’ve […]
Mike and I celebrated our fourth anniversary earlier this month. We don’t have any set traditions yet (give it a few years), but this year’s celebration involved digging post holes. I know. How romantic. In the normal course of a day, Mike does his work and I do my work and for the most part, […]
Those of you who have visited the orchard have met Fletcher, our irrepressibly happy border collie whose favorite game is fetch. Since moving to the orchard, Fletcher’s come up in the world with his fetching objects and has progressed from frisbees and tennis balls to giant pieces of wood. Although he’ll still chase pinecones and […]