Dancing Crane Farm April 2012 Newsletter
Spring is a wonderful season on the farm. The crocus and rhubarb have made an appearance, the cranes have returned (and insist on standing in the road!), and the bees are flying!
A few weeks ago we attended Beekeeping 101 sponsored by the Superior Beekeeping Club. The class was excellent. We can also recommend a new site, upbees.weebly.com, written by Joel Lantz. We inspected our two hives to find that one colony did not survive the winter despite having adequate honey stores.
The greenhouse has come to life, with broccoli, basil, tomatoes, peppers and others starting to sprout. We had some help from young family members who were very sad to leave the farm at the end of the day.
Last year's buckwheat cover crop was turned in today with discs and a field cultivator. This yielded a few rocks and some surprise potatoes for our dinner! The tractor is very happy in its new home in the barn, and the straw removed from the barn will be made into compost.
We have a new endeavor planned and look forward to telling you more about it in the next month or so. It brings our past experience to a new place. Here's a hint: We can't grow it on the farm, but you can't start the day without it :)
DANCING CRANE FARM