It's been a while. I know, I know. My problem is I don't have a reliable computer right now. Have you tried writing a comprehensible blog on a smartphone? It is not a fun experience. Editing is limited as well. But, I am going to attempt a short recap of the summer so far.
The biggest news of the summer is our purchase of 20 acres in Arlee. The Tiny Farm is growing! We are currently having a house built on the property and plan to move in sometime in the winter.
It is in a beautiful valley with good soil and plenty of water. The property has an existing hay barn with shelter attached and a few old apple trees. we have begun preparing a patch for this fall's garlic planting by laying down a large sheet of black plastic after it rained to help suppress weeds. 100'x20' might be enough for our garlic. It will have to do for now. In October we will be fencing a section for dry lots for the goats and sheep. There is a 10 acre pasture that is almost fully fenced. That will be completed then too (hopefully!)
We went to Lawyer's Nursery in Plains in the spring and bought a bunch of bare root trees and shrubs. We potted them up and they are growing well. These will be planted either this fall or next spring on the new property. It all depends on if our well is working and if we have access to the areas we want to plant due to construction. The plants we bought are 4 apple trees, 3 native American plum bushes, 2 choke cherry trees, a sasscatoon serviceberry, 2 filbert trees, 2 American high bush cranberry, a pussywillow, a staghorn sumac, and a witch hazel tree. We had also bought 4 Chinese chestnut trees and 3 hardy kiwi plants, but those never established in the pots.
We are pretty busy planning our move and figuring out the layout of the new property. But life rolls on at the current tiny farm as well.
Clark Fork Market
This year we decided to distribute our CSA shares in town instead of having people come to the farm. I think having a stand at the Clark Fork Market next to the river has worked well for that. Not only are people not driving all the way to us, but it gives us a chance to see people in town we don't see very often and to sell our other products like yarn and goat milk soaps. I really enjoy market days.
Everything is bursting outside right now. Not much to say about that, but here are a couple pictures.
I'll try to be better about updates. They may be shorter due to the computer situation but, my gosh, 3 months is too long. See you soon!