Not quite a slow down yet

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Farm News from Patty

You’d think things would have slowed down around here – and they have - but we do continue to work at a fairly steady pace. The warm weather, while rather eerie, has enabled us to keep working in the fields and to get some things done that sometimes wait until the following spring. The last of the potatoes have now been dug and the tomato hoop house clean-up has begun. Tomato cages which once supported tomatoes in the field have been moved and now encircle the blueberry bushes. It’s our attempt to keep the deer away from them this winter. Many thanks to Rob and Naomi and Jasper for their work on that project. Next year’s garlic was planted last Tuesday, just before Wednesday’s rain. Quite a few folks contributed to garlic “popping” in preparation for planting time. Thanks to all! Garlic planting continues to be a significant event on the farm as it marks the first planting for the next season – and it’s one of our favorite crops to grow. Tomorrow we plan to begin on a final round of haymaking. We’ve been watching the weather forecasts searching for a stretch of dry, sunny days and it looks like we’ve finally got one! We’ll store this hay in our neighbor’s barn and it will provide some early mulch for garlic and onions and other spring plantings. On Sunday Mike and I headed north to Lake Superior’s south shore. It had been a couple of years since we’d been up there and it was wonderful to be near the lake for just a few hours. We brought home some fresh and smoked white fish, some delicious honey crisp apples a local orchard, wild rice and a good stout beer – a day of many treats!

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Spring Hill’s Community
Events Committee is in
search of pictures taken
at Spring Hill over the last 25 years. We’ll show them at our Harvest Dinner. Mail to
Sue Poore, 7244
Newton Ave S., Richfield, MN. 55423. Note of year
taken would be nice. Digital pictures can be uploaded.

Harvest Dinner
Saturday, November 5th

To be a sustainable farm that provides for the land, the farmers, and a community committed to connecting to their source of food and eachother.

• share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable;
• share the risk and share the bounty;
• make decisions together;
• ensure that the size of the farm holds in balance considerations of land, community, and farm viability;
• work together to nurture a friendly and creative community.