Intern housing

Every organic farm needs a place to house its interns.  We built this in the summer of 2015 with lots of help from Logan Fields, our most awesome intern that year!

Our trusty tractor!

The work horse on our farm!  Mowing is a non-stop season from April – Labor Day weekend.  The hazelnuts begin to fall around Labor Day each year which means mowing needs to be finished or you will be grinding up the nuts you worked all year to produce!  The nuts take around a month to have 80% of them fall and then we do the harvest in the first dry spell in early October.

December 2016

In December 2016, we had our 3rd ice storm wreak havoc on our orchard.  Mainly the older limbs are the ones that do not recover from the bending that the weight of the ice causes.  Each of these ices storms (2012, 2014, 2016) has  helped to cull older wood from the orchard — Mother Nature’s way of helping with our pruning!

Fall 2016

Fall 2016 saw a good sized apple and asian pear crop.  We also had a very nice crop of Music garlic.  Out last year of growing garlic….which we miss!

The Summer of Peaches!

Summer of 2017 was one of the best years for peaches ever!  The trees were so heavy with early fruit that we had to thin them several times.  It also was a summer of no fruit fly damage, for some reason we can’t explain.  In past years our peaches have been pock-marked by fruit fly holes that cause bruises around the hole, and thus un-marketable fruit.  But the trees, the insects, the fruit all lined up to allow us to grow our best peaches ever!  2018 is looking to be a smaller crop which allows the trees to rest.