2018 is Take Stock Farm's first growing season, and we have a lot in store. Here is a sampling of what we plan to grow, all within organic standards:
Beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, lettuces, salad mixes, kale, spinach, herbs, flowers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, winter squash, onions, garlic, carrots, collards, chard, and more!
Our goal is to tread as lightly as possible on our land to maximize soil health and in turn, the bounty of food. Many of our plants are started in soil blocks within our very small greenhouse, which is heated by an ancient Vermont Castings wood stove. We chose this method to eliminate the need for fossil fuel heat, even though it means late night/early morning stove stokes. During the semi-freezing months of March and April you'll notice us obsessively checking the greenhouse temperature at all hours of the day to be sure the seedlings are a-okay.
As for tillage, we aim to use the tractor as little as possible. Tractors are very heavy machines that cause a lot of soil compaction. Plus, tractor implements like plows and harrows, though convenient and effective, often damage the soil structure and microbiology when they're used. When hand tools won't quite get a job done, we turn to our BCS, a "two-wheeled tractor", next. This little machine is far lighter and smaller than a conventional tractor but can do almost everything just as well.