It's been about eight months since we pulled the first stone out of our newly ripped fields. Since then, "farming" has hardly been about vegetables at all. We picked thousands of tons of rocks. We sowed cover crop, watched it grow with the first rains and wilt in the dry winter that followed. We dragged a lawn sprinkler around the fields on the end of a chain of garden hoses, trying to irrigate the supposedly rain-fed cover crop. We dug irrigation trenches and installed hundreds of feet of pipe. We built a plastic hoophouse for seedlings and a deer fence to protect our as-yet-theoretical crops. We hired a neighbor to mow and till the fields. Then we pulled string lines, raked soil and pulled out yet more rocks. Then, finally, we started planting in the ground about six weeks ago.
So, it's with relief, pride, and slight disbelief that I present our first harvests! The photo above represents the approximate selection we'll offer next week: Red Russian kale, rainbow chard, three kinds of lettuce, radishes, baby red beets, cilantro and dill. The season is still just starting for us, and so we will offer a small introductory produce box (with a small price to match).
If you have signed up for our mailing list, you will get an email soon detailing the box price and pick-up information. We have tentatively decided on Thursday evenings in Berkeley and Friday afternoons on the farm for pick-ups.