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Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update -- February Fun!

Posted 2/5/2016 1:13pm by Cheryl Ferguson.

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

I sure missed chatting with you all last week!  Yes, I know it's my fault.  Just to set the record straight, we didn't sneak off to the Caribbean last week for fun and sun -- it was something even more special! 

We were honored to be sponsored to attend one of the premier agriculture conferences in the country, the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference in Lexington, KY!  Thanks to the generosity of Houck and K.B. Medford, a dynamic duo from Winston-Salem, Cheryl was able to attend this amazing conference.  Houck Medford is a documentary photographer and film maker, and we met them as part of a documentary series they are doing, "The Organics:  Hands and Heart." Their passion is to "celebrate the uncelebrated."  They personally invest in individuals who they think will make a difference in their lifetime -- we were honored to be considered worthy of their choice and investment! 

The conference was an amazing learning opportunity!  I visited the University of Kentucky Organic Student Farm, attended lots of workshops on everything from soil to tomatoes, met some fantastic farmers, heard Wendell Berry speak for the first time,  learned how to fix our walk-behind tractor (and had serious equipment envy) and got to hang out with some great folks from NC like Mary Jac Brennan from the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Office.  Here are a few photos from the conference:

Putting Stokes County on the map at SSAWG    Cheryl & Mary Jac at SSAWG  Equipment envy  I heart soil!

Back on the farm, it's been a busy week.  The week started with having our truck towed since it wouldn't start (battery terminals not the starter as we thought - good news for the budget!).

Farmy being towed

We keep tweaking the plastic on the greenhouse to make sure that there is adequate inflation between the two layers of plastic for better insulation.

Chris & Ray work on the greenhouse top

Lots of activity in the planting and harvesting arena as well.  All of the turmeric has been harvested and more seeds are in trays.  The onions are starting to pop -- we are well on our way to having an onion forest!

Trays of onion seedlings

A big undertaking this week has to begin the interior demolition of the Star, the building where we are building the Capella Community Kitchen.  We got a dumpster and have nearly filled it with boards, ceiling tiles and the like -- the good news is that we are able to salvage a lot of the materials for other projects!

Exterior demo at the Star

Demo at the Star    Interior demo at the Star

Valentines Market is Next Saturday!

And finally, don't forget that next Saturday (2/13) is our  Valentines Holiday Market from 10-2.  We have four vendor joining us:  Chad's Chai and Tea Company (he was a huge hit on Small Business Saturday!), Greenberries Farm, Mystic Wolf's Den (formerly MW Herbs) and Steve's Pralines.  You'll find lots of treats for your sweetie!

Happy Valentines Day

Enjoy the nice weather -- hopefully no more rain for a while (got 1.2 inches on Wednesday!)  And our crocuses are hinting that Spring is on the way. 

Early crocusGo Panthers!

Cheryl & Ray

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries Update

July 14 Update:

No PYO additional events scheduled at this point.  We may have one more during the season but at this point we don't know.  Stay tuned!

Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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