Spring is in the air, and we have been enjoying the warmth of the greenhouse the past two weeks as we start our first seeds of the season: Patterson's, Alcosa Savoy, Farao, Evergreen Hardy, Deep Purple, Tango, Flash, Bright Lights, Toscano, Blue Wind, Ailsa Craig ….. seed varieties we love and associate with bone-warming sunshine and cold winter nights. Planting each tiny speck of seed into soil blocks can be tedious, but we elbow each other out of the way to get our chance at our first taste of hope for the coming warmth. The days are lovely, but with the still-cold nights, we waken in the wee hours to bundle up for the walk out to stoke the fire in the wood stove. We have always heated the seedling house with solely wood, but this year we have installed a back-up heater in the chance that we've been up one too many times with the baby and just can't bear to face the frigid night air again. We don't expect to use it much as we strive to keep our propane use to an absolute minimum on the farm, but it could be our savior in the chance the sleep-deprived parents miss the wake-up alarm - freezing the greenhouse could be disastrous. With the flurry of seed ordering, buried deep in spreadsheets creating our planting schedules, ordering supplies, and playing with baby Selah, we've nearly forgotten our need to start signing up members for the coming season! Thanks to everyone who has already sent in their deposits. Early sign-ups help us immensely to formulate accurate budgets, keep the cash flow going this time of year and ease our nerves. We have sold out by April in the past and hope you'll consider getting signed up soon.
If you have questions about the upcoming season, want to get your hands on some marketing materials to pass out at work or school, or if you just need some time in the greenhouse yourself, stop by! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Caitlin, Jesse and Selah