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Cutting potatoes for seed. Each potato gets cut into two-inch pieces and then planted in the field. The potato eye will create a potato plant. The potato plant will then produce clusters of new potatoes.
Seeding with a vacuum seeder is so much quicker than using the hand held seeder. Peter has master the seeder and the greenhouse is filling up quickly. Early greens such as cabbage, boc choi, lettuces and kale are all seeded and will be some of the first greens in the CSA shares in June.
It is late in February and the seeding for 2018 CSA season starts. Each seed is carefully seeded into an individual cell. There are 72 cells in each of the flats that we are seeding today. The flats will be moved into the greenhouse where they will be watered and with the warmth of the sun will start to grow. The CSA harvest and delivery begins in June but the work of preparing for the first harvest starts months before.
Sheep, goats, chickens, cats and a donkey all joined Stoneledge Farm last winter. Cold winter weather and the animals need hay that was harvested on the fields last summer. We use the dormant greenhouses to store the hay throughout the winter. There will be beautiful 100% fine Merino and Corriedale Sheep wool yarns available this upcoming season through the online CSA Marketplace.