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November 25, 2019
Think Thanks
Notes From The Field
by Farmer Derek

Setting the heat and ventilation thermostats in the greenhouse amid a sea of late season lettuce mix.
It's the end of November. It's the week of Thanksgiving. It's time for me to turn 37. My knees ache as I transition from the busy outdoor season to a winter exercise routine to balance out my time spent indoors meticulously reviewing this growing season while preparing for the next one. Neglected house and infrastructure repairs beckon. Both tractors require major reconstructive surgery (not covered by insurance). But the sun shines. The farm rests. Harvests are bountiful. It has been a good growing season. I feel ambitious as I begin to chart a course for next year. Seven thousand strawberry plants are ordered. We focus and place hope in a variety to actually extend the harvest. An additional 500 raspberry plants are purchased. Perhaps a new home and location for brambles will be found that is less prone to saturation. Hundreds of thousands of vegetable seeds are being ordered which will turn into 100,000 pounds of produce in 2020. Orders are being placed for organic amendments to help facilitate those seeds turning into edibles. Soil samples are collected for analysis. The crop rotation map will receive its annual update. We feel auspicious as we move from one season to the next. We're thankful for everything. Happy Thanksgiving.
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