After three years of planning, three months of waiting for the Unity farm to officially sell and at least two weeks of moving- everyone is on ONE farm in Bowdoinham! We are excited (and a little tired) but wanted to share some photos of 2014 happenings so far.
Like you might expect Maine weather is never predictable nor dependable. Sunny days when rain is forecasted and rain when, well rain quite often. The pastures are still a bit soggy but the clearing/cleaning project for our east pasture is moving at a brisk pace. The cows and calves have been moved to a temporary oval pasture in the west mainly because they’ve been bawling for grass…and Jimmo and Lolabell made a late afternoon escape for the fresh spring clover.
The Bowdoinham Farmer’s Market begins May 23 and we will have lamb meat products, eggs, and wool. The market is located in the Merrymeeting Grange at 27 Main Street and is open from 9 – 1. For more information of other vendors go to: http://www.bowdoinham.com/farmersmarket
May 2nd and the asparagus is beginning to poke forth from the soil. two shoots for dinner tonight, more by the end of the week for sure.
We’ve begun expanding the garden slightly – making more room for more potatoes, sweet corn, and asparagus. Finally we spread some black gold over the garden….
After several days of upper 80-degree weather and even low 90s Virginia is finally cooling down, slightly. The journey north to Maine begins tomorrow and another 12 months of unknown. My time at Smith Meadows Farm carried its fair share of ups and downs, but in the end it was a good experience. I am glad to be getting out now as chicks by the hundreds arrive to fill brooders, turkeys and ducklings are scheduled for later in May, lambs are on the loose, and calves being born. But the Shenandoah Valley is graded in 50 shades of green while blossoms of white and pink fall on tree branches like spring snow.
Now my second spring waits for me in the brown tones of Maine, 30 lambs and their mothers that will need to be sheared come May, and pines to be cleared out of pastures
No sad farewells to Virginia for I’ll be back again and no new hellos to Maine as I know her well.
After having traveled the states for a number of years working at various farms for various stints and attending artist-in-residence programs I am planning my return to Maine at the beginning of May. With sketch books filled with art and farm related ideas the second stage of Apple Creek Farm is about to start. There are many unknowns, exciting opportunities, and challenges waiting in the spring thaw.