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Waiting for Spring

March 17, 2014

Whew!  It’s been quite a challenging winter;  however, I have been longing for years to have a good, old-fashioned, hard winter.  I refuse to complain.  The snow adds water to the ground in a nice slow trickle, watering deep and filling up our ground water resources.  The cold kills unsuspecting bugs and lets us start with a clean plate (to a certain extent, anyway).  It is also nice to be forced to rest.  When it is this cold, there is no going outside to do stuff (whatever the task may be).  The ONLY option is to stay inside, curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good book, or make taffy with a bunch of friends. 🙂

making taffy on the front porch

making taffy on the front porch

Since it’s been so incredibly long since I posted anything, I thought I would show some pictures of us waiting for spring in our dormant state that has been so familiar for the last 4 months.    I haven’t even shaved the dog for months – something I told myself I wouldn’t do again because the long hair is so difficult to maintain.  But he doesn’t get a winter coat like most dogs, so he’d be cold if I kept his hair short.

OK,  so we have done some things, but not much in the way of outside activities.  This winter we’ve been working with Journey’s End on a refugee program.  A group of them will be working on our farm this summer to gain experience with urban farming. http://buffalorising.com/2013/12/journeys-end-helps-refugees-through-upcoming-urban-farm-project/   They will also be working on their own farm on Brewster St.  In February, I began planting some seeds in the hoop house:  spinach, mustards, lettuces, carrots.  I have also started some plants inside: onions, leeks, shallots, spinach, cabbage, and some others.  Other than that . . .  we watch and wait for spring.

An exciting development for the Farmer  Pirates’ farms is the delivery of our first load of compost from the Gittere St.  facility.  All summer and winter the Buffalo Equestrian Center has been dumping their stable waste onto the site and we have been mixing in household waste from the Farmer Pirates’ Composting Program.  This year, we are able to reap some of the benefits.  The wood shavings in the stable bedding are not quite completely broken down, but it won’t take long after we mix it into our soil and the bacteria and other critters in the soil start their work.  We are so EXCITED!!

Just a head’s up:  our volunteer days begin the second Saturday of April, the 12th, at 9:00 am.  Hopefully the ground will be thawed by then!

Enjoy the last of the winter!

Janice

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