2019 Week 39, Summer CSA 17 of 26
After the middle of September, we entered a new phase of the farm and farming. Everything is in the ground for the year, and there's nothing more for us to add. We can spray some liquid rock dust on the root greens, and we can pray for rain, but we are essentially pencils down at this point. We are also a month from the last frost, when we scurry for the sweet potatoes and turmeric, and look toward digging the fall roots. This puts us in an interesting in-between period, which seems almost perfectly designed for farm planning.
We get the next two weeks—in the gaps between harvest and other farm jobs, like strawberries beds to cultivate or dry beans to watch for dryness—to pull out the 2020 drawing board. Next year's main aim is productive efficiency—how dreamy!—via farm design, soil rectification, and variety choice, all to decrease the hours worked and increase the veggies. That's for both you and me! :) We will also have a trials garden to consider tomatoes, eggplant, and watermelons at a smaller scale separately, before dedicating space to them on the main farm.
It has been a curiously dry year, with the rare spots of rain often falling all around the farm, but not on it. That last bit was enough to germinate the fall greens, but let’s cross our fingers for more to spur their growth. Per the U.S. Drought Monitor, we are not alone, though—and there’s a kindred feeling there.
Early-week heat (temperatures as high as the lower 90s) and locally acute short-term rainfall deficits (30-day rainfall totaling 10 to 25 percent of normal) led to the expansion of D0 (Abnormal Dryness) across West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, as well as southeastern Pennsylvania and the southern two-thirds of New Jersey. Similar pockets of Abnormal Dryness were noted in southern New England.
Intense late-summer heat and acute short-term dryness led to a sharp increase in drought intensity and coverage. Excessive heat (95-101°F) and pronounced short-term rainfall deficits (30-day rainfall totaling less than 25 percent of normal) heightened evapotranspiration rates and soil moisture losses, resulting in quickly escalating drought impacts (often referred to as a “flash drought”.) It should be noted that “flash drought” often occurs more quickly (in terms of impacts) than the data indicates.
Part of the exciting work on farm rectification involves building a soil aggregate structure that holds water better at the top levels, re-waters itself naturally and daily from deeper reserves with the tides, and also cuts evaporation with farm-grown mulch. Quite exciting.
As a heads-up, we’re going to have an Open House and Field Walk on Sunday, October 13th, 2-4pm. Come if you are curious to see where we are and where we’re going.
See you on the farm,
Bean, Cowpea Snap
Bean, Soy / Edamame
Mint, of some flavor
Farm Honey & Ferments for sale.
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