Farmers on your Mark, get set, grow! At 2 a.m. this Sunday our clocks spring forward to 3 a.m. The extra hour of daylight at the end of the day comes just in time to help us catch up with all the things that either didn't get done over winter or that were damaged by the winter. But that hour of sun has to come from somewhere and since we're not really early risers here losing the extra hour of sun in the morning is no big deal.
After a year of experimenting with black plastic to cover and condition planting areas. We began looking for a better way. The plastic did a fine job of killing off the grass and beating back weed pressure; however it did not last a full season before beginning to become brittle and disintegrating in our fields. The cost of plastic and the time cost of clean up were enough to have us seeking a better way to no till bed prepping. We had already planned to build swales for our food forest with the hay from our fields instead of digging the swales. We had already decided to use the leftover hay as mulch in the planting areas in the spring. Then it hit me.... Why wait til spring, cover the fields now and the hay should do the job of the plastic.
One of the basic principles of self sufficiency and resilience is the abilility to feed yourself. As long as you've got money and the store's open that's how most people do it. If you've got a garden it takes some investment of money to start it and a considerable investment of time to maintain it. And yet, most people overlook or even scoff at the idea of harvesting food from the wild. Food and medicine, that you don't have to invest anything more than harvest and prep time to get. We think that's wasteful so we'd like to show you what you've already got on your land.