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Posted 6/18/2012 6:45pm by Tom & Linda Schwarz.

Hello everyone! As usual, I've been falling behind on my blogging so I'm going to attempt to catch you all up on what's been going on here since Spring.

First of all, we had a few problems this winter with our greenhouse heater. The house froze twice. We ended up losing all of our basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini.This was a sad day in the Schwarz family.

One time we lost a lot of our lettuce, too. Lettuce can handle SOME freezing, but not when it is young.

 

Throughout the winter, I spent a lot of time loading corn out of our bins to be sold to livestock feeders (mostly chickens, I think), so think of us the next time you bite into a juicy chicken breast. This is where the food to feed that chicken might've come from:

The above photo is from one of the few snowy days we had this winter. In fact, this winter was VERY mild compared to other winters. It was kind of strange actually.

Ok, so I have just been summoned to the tractor (we're cutlivating right now) so I'll have to finish this update later (let's just hope that "later" translates to "later this week" and not "October"


Have a great day!

Posted 3/12/2012 11:11am by Tom & Linda Schwarz.

Check out Becky's latest blog post on Schwarz Family Farm's website!

http://www.schwarzfamilyfarm.com/blog

Posted 3/12/2012 10:56am by Tom & Linda Schwarz.

In late February, Mom, Dad, and I went up to the lovely city of La Crosse, Wisconsin to attend the MOSES Organic Farming Conference. MOSES stands for Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services. You can check out their website HERE. We went to a number of sessions on topics like organic crop varieties, crop rotations, organic grain contracts, pest management, weed management, etc. As usual, the cheese curds were delicious. We also enjoyed the trade show and brought home a whole bunch of bags of compost and potting mix.


Speaking of potting mix, SPRING PLANTING is upon us in the greenhouses. We've just begun making soil blocks and planting things like tomatoes and onions. I also planted some peppers in the hopes that this year, we'll have more interest in them. I got a rainbow of colors of bell peppers (including white and PURPLE!), in addition to a couple of different varieties of jalapeno and one variety of habanero.

Here's a list of some things we're growing:

  • Monica tomatoes
  • Defiant tomatoes
  • Red cherry tomatoes
  • Black cherry tomatoes
  • Candy onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Red bell peppers
  • Green bell peppers
  • Orange bell peppers
  • Purple bell peppers
  • White bell peppers
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Habanero peppers
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Mint 
  • Lettuce mix
  • Micro Greens (tokyo bekana, peas, red amaranth)

So get excited, everybody. Spring is nearly here!!

Talk to you soon!
Becky

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