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APRIL ENDS; MAY BEGINS

Today is the last day of April. I spent all of March and April transplanting seedlings in the greenhouse while Robert began preparing the gardens. Potatoes were the first crop to be planted on Good Friday. Since then, thousands of plants have been taken from the greenhouse, hardened off, and transplanted once again–this time to the field gardens! AS well as various crops being direct seeded into the soil. AND, there are still seedbeds being started in the greenhouse. Gardening on this scale is quite a production and endeavor.

Transplanting to the garden begins . . .

Today I am sending out emails to all CSA Members in order to verify contact information for communication. Some members signed up back in September and October of 2021. I know life circumstances can change over a seven or eight month time frame; thus, I am doing a verification of intentions. If as a member you do not get this email verification from us this weekend because your contact information has changed, then please send us an email with your updated address.

And progresses . . . day by day . . .

We do not have a start date for the CSA veggie boxes yet!  However, if all goes well and the weather cooperates, we have our eye on the third and fourth weeks of the month of May. The plants grow quickly once in the garden. They start out small and increase in size each day! We will start the CSA as soon as we feel we can prepare a “decent first box” of spring greens. My mouth waters at just the thought of spring salads!!

A salad from the past . . .

Each CSA Member will get an email from me with their exact start date!! Please remember it takes two full weeks to get the CSA up and running with our every-other-week pickup schedule. With good planning and hard work, we are looking forward to a bountiful harvest in 2022.

This Kickstarter Ends Tonight

A friend just sent me this link about what Justin Metcalf is doing in Madison County, North Carolina. The video is very interesting for both adults and children. And if you have ever tasted a product made from freshly milled grain, you understand the value in restoring community grain mills.

Enjoy!

Freeze Warning

April is acting like March this season! A freeze warning is issued for tonight, so we are tucking our babies in under a frost blanket to keep them safe. It was necessary to wait until the wind stopped blowing before starting the process. Yes, they are outside of the greenhouse to “harden off” before going to the field gardens; but still, they are our babies and your future veggies, so under the blanket they go!

This frost blanket is a light as air.

Much has been accomplished in the last few days. The gardens are tilled making the soil light and fluffy. The first Spring garden has the fabric laid and is kept in place with ground staples which requires much bending and stooping and stomping. The fabric helps to keep the weeds down between the rows and and provides a cleaner walking/working area.

Blueberry bushes in full bloom are located at the far end of these rows.

The next step involves laying the drip tape and attaching the drip delivery system to the hose bibs and to our water wells. This is the first of the two Spring Gardens. Both gardens will eventually be surrounded by a seven-foot deer fence. The same process is required for each of the other gardens. Setting up is the first step before planting can begin. We will begin planting the first early greens this week.

This one garden setup was a two-day process.

The potatoes were planted on Good Friday in another garden. Our potatoes are always the first crop to go into the ground. We trust tonight is the last of our really cold nights, but only time will tell. We can protect the plants before they go to the field. After that, we just pray, pray, pray that the environment is kind to us!

It does not show in the photo, but this setup includes three separate strips of frost blanket all clipped together and tucked beneath the plant trays and a couple of rocks!

Meanwhile, seedbed and transplanting work continues in the greenhouse. We are working on eggplant and tomatoes currently. Do not get too excited! We will not have tomatoes to harvest until next August, but some things are worth the wait! For earlier tomatoes, you will need either a patio pot or a trip to the tailgate market. We are growing many, many other veggies for you to enjoy in the months of May, June, and July!

Snow, Sleet, Sunshine, Cold . . .

This has been an interesting day as the weather is alternating between snow, sleet, and sunshine with the precision of a metronome. Lucky for us our plants are still in the safety and warmth of our greenhouse. The first of the plants are growing rapidly and typically would be outside hardening off while the fields were being tilled. However, it is too wet to be tilling the soil, and we saw the forecast for today, so inside they await their adventures in the real world environment.

The top shelf are the largest plants and will be the first to leave the safety of the greenhouse.

We still have numerous seedbeds and transplants in a variety of stages as the greenhouse work continues step by step. The last seeds to be started will be squash, melons, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.

The rye which was planted in the field last fall has been tilled under in some of the gardens we will be using. This proved to be a rather muddy job, but we trust in a few more days another pass can be made to loosen the soil in preparation of laying down the fabric and so the planting can commence.

Do not fear! We shall begin planting as soon as feasible. No one is more anxious for fresh greens than our immediate family! How I love our baby collards, chois, and tasty romaine lettuces!

In the meantime, a limited number of farm shares are still available before we start our Annual Wait List.

SPRING BEGINS

Sunday, March 20 was the first day of Spring 2022. Robert and I now have over 5,100 tiny plants in our greenhouse with more seeds sprouting in the seed beds! We are optimistic and have faith that abundance will flow from our efforts so that we may provide nourishment for our CSA community.

Step by step . . . each with patience, faith and hard work . . .

A few farm shares are still available if you want to join our tribe of like-mined veggie lovers for this 2022 harvest season!

One Week Later . . .

Great strides have been made in the last week. As of this moment, we have 4,000 tiny plants. These are seedlings transplanted from the seedbeds into their individual pots. Here they will live and grow until they are once again transplanted into the field gardens.

First come the seedbeds . . .

Thus far, we have started broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, red and green kohlrabi, bok choi, butterhead lettuce, red and green kale, endive, tatsoi, escarole, collards, and red and green romaine lettuce. I am ready to once again enjoy all of these veggies fresh, but particularly the romaine!! If anything sounds unfamiliar to you, check out the Veggie Identification pages on the website. However, if you have ever eaten a “bagged salad” or any Asian food, I can guarantee you have eaten these veggies in the past even if you have never purchased them at a grocery store before.

Next come the seedling transplants . . . with Faith we pray each becomes a vegetable!

Of course, all of our beautiful daffodils are wilted in the yard after the recent snow event. Such is the luck of the draw when it comes to March weather in WNC. They were a blaze of glory and an inspiration while they lasted!

Daffodils . . . The Blessings of early Spring . . .

Cane Creek Asparagus & Company aka Cane Creek CSA does have Farm Shares available for the 2022 Harvest Season! Now is the time to join us if you want to enjoy our seasonal, gourmet vegetables grown locally with organic inputs. Robert and I would love to have you join our community of Veggie Lovers!

LET THE “PLAY” BEGIN . . .

I love the month of March! The daffodils are blooming, Spring is just around the corner and we are planting seeds. We pray with faith these seeds will fall on fertile soil, take root, and produce fruit (and veggies). As farmers, we are not in favor of an early spring, however. When spring arrives too early, the plants and trees have premature bud burst. Then when that inevitable WNC mid-April cold snap arrives, the new vegetative growth is not cold-hardy and everything from apples and blueberries to early vegetable gardens and ornamental plantings are susceptible to the frost and freeze. The cold rain we are getting this afternoon is seasonal and more to our liking. This type of weather makes for pleasant hours in the greenhouse transplanting seedlings from the seedbeds to their individual pots where they reside until transplanted once again to the field gardens!

Transplanting begins tomorrow!

Above are some our our seedbeds awaiting seeds. Each seedbed tray has ten rows and each row has approximately 30 seeds. The beds are started in waves so always we have plants in a variety of stages. On the back shelf, you can see seven of the first seedbeds started. Obviously, all cannot be transplanted in one day! This is why we need “waves” of beds. These staggered waves also provide our week upon week of veggies for our CSA Boxes.

The spouting begins . . . teeny, tiny plants which require a delicate touch and a great deal of attention.

Cane Creek Asparagus & Company aka Cane Creek CSA does have Farm Shares available for the 2022 Harvest Season! Now is the time to join us if you want to enjoy our seasonal, gourmet vegetables grown locally with organic inputs. Robert and I would love to have you join our community of Veggie Lovers!

My view from the greenhouse as I do transplanting!

Preparation Time

We do not like to take things for “granted.” Therefore, last week we sent out emails to all of our 2021 CSA Members to ask if they were planning to return for the 2022 Harvest Season. This gives us a headcount and lets us know how many new CSA Members we can accept for the bounty of our gardens in this new year. I do not think I missed anyone; but if I did, please give me a call or send an email.

Waiting for winter to leave our gardens . . .

We are in preparation mode at the moment. Our greenhouse is ready and waiting for the seedbeds to be started. It is neat and clean at the moment, but soon soil will litter the floor. Try as we might, this cannot be helped despite the trays we use for containment! The last seed orders have been received and the final supplies procured. We are ready to get our hands back into the soil and take another leap of faith!

Our greenhouse is neat and clean and ready for ACTION . . .

A Million Views In 24 Hours

A group of world renowned doctors and medical experts provide a different perspective on the global pandemic response, the current state of knowledge of early and hospital treatment, vaccine efficacy and safety, what went right, what went wrong, what should be done now, and what needs to be addressed long term.  Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. Ryan Cole, etc….


40 minute clip: (highlights only–This was a 5-hour discussion in the Senate)

youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=9jMONZMuS2U&ab_channel=SenatorRonJohnson

Of course, this has nothing to do with farming or vegetables! But it has all to do with HEALTH, LIFE and LOVE. This LOVE includes love of our CSA Members, love of our Fellow Citizens, love of our Nation, love of our World, and love of Planet Earth. This is my platform for sharing information which I feel is important. And second opinions are almost always relevant–no matter the subject.

With respect and gratitude,

Glenda

Your CSA Farmer

Heart Of Freedom

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— Lyrics by: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Music Produced by: Dicky Barrett
Performed by: Grant Ellman, Prezence Music

Video Produced by: Children’s Health Defense, Brian Burrowes, Dicky Barrett, Aimee Villella
Footage Courtesy of: Oracle Films, Matt Veligdan, Souls of a Movement

Sunday, January 23, 2022 Mandate Protest at Washington, DC

11:30am Meet at the Washington Monument. Walk in unity and peace to the Lincoln Memorial. The march will be folllowed by the “Defeat the Mandates American Homecoming” rally from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Dozens of activists are expected to rally this weekend at the Lincoln Memorial in protest of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions put in place across the nation, according to an event permit submitted by Children’s Health Defense.

Organizers of the event said the demonstration is to show unity in opposition to vaccine mandates.

“No to Vaccine Mandates. No to Vaccine Passports. No to Forcing Covid-19 Vaccinations on Children. No to Coerced Vaccinations Without Accepting Risk. No to Censorship. No to Limits on Reasonable Debate. Yes, We Believe in the Power of Natural Immunity. Yes, We Insist on Informed Consent. Yes to Doctors and Patients Making Decisions Without Interference,” the group posted on its site.

The plan is for rally-goers to gather at the west side of the Washington Monument Grounds and march about a mile to the Lincoln Memorial for the rally. There will be speeches by Children’s Health Defense’s Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Steve Kirsch, Ava Morse and musical performances by Five Time August and Hi-Rez. 

The Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization, is planning this rally alongside the FLCCC Alliance and International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists in unity with the millions of citizens around the world who are actively protesting the mandates.