Summer

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Compost tea bubbling away. The amount of air needed to make aerated compost tea is like a rolling boil otherwise things go anaerobic and diseases start to grow.

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Our conical compost tea brew set up.

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Micro arthropod under the microscope from our compost. We are constantly checking that the compost has all the good soil microbes and good fungi at the right levels and no signs of diseases. Micro arthropods eat fungi so it is always a good sign to see them in compost samples, meaning the compost is high in beneficial fungi.

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Beautiful kales, growing 8 different varieties this season.

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Our compost operation where the magic happens. We have made 10 thermophilic compost piles this year and our last batch, a vegan compost mix (meaning no manures but ground up peas for high nitrogen) is definitely the best with the highest beneficial microbial and fungi count.

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A happy young contender peach planted 2 years ago and full of fruit.

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Beautiful views from the Chestnut Orchard with Mullien wildflowers stealing the show.

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Our shiitake logs with woodchip for moisture retention and shade cloths.

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Growing a herd of beneficial microorganisms!

compost pile #1 in snow

Our first compost pile using the Soil Food Web approach. It got nice and hot and had to be turned 4 times. Looking forward to making some great compost tea to spread the Soil Food Web magic around the farm soon.

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Nematodes having sex in the compost pile.

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Listening to peepers at night.

Spring mess 1

Spring messiness.

Max and Little

Max & Little.

Inside greenhouse early April 1

Greenhouse is booming.

Karl with Echinacea shirt

raspberry desert

Great taste of Summer.  Raspberry, almond butter and yogurt desert. We are putting in many more raspberry plants and a few 1000 more strawberry for ground cover around the orchard. Hopefully in a few years we will be able to harvest hazelnuts so we can make our own nut butter too.

December fun

Dec 11

Growing food through the winter in an unheated greenhouse.

Dec 10

Beds of  carrots, beets and kale, extra sweet from the freezing nights.

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Tiger in wild apple tree.

Dec 2

Blackie a wild climber.

Dec 7