The long nights are drawing to a close. Although it is still cold outside, we are preparing the Farm for spring.
A new incubator has arrived and we are establishing a small nursery in the building for birds and plants to benefit our 4-H kids, our educational programs, and the Farm. I am excited to announce that the poultry program will be the first area to develop a farm-to-table program this year. The airoponic tower gardens and aquaponics system will benefit from the plant nursery while we still have the probability of sub-zero weather. This jump on growing plants for both systems means the Farm will be producing fresh vegetables by spring. Of course, too, there is cleaning. We have started cleaning the Farm for spring by mucking out the pens with our fantastic blue tractor.
In other news, the equestrian program is going strong; however, we are determining class sizes by the number of horses we have to ensure our horses get sufficient “time off” to stay healthy. Our summer program schedules will be released in early February. Please continue reading for more information on the community garden preparations for spring.
It is great time to be at the farm!