On the farm, everything seems to be settling down quite a bit. Now that I am fully moved into the homestead in Waldo, ME everything is quite organized now =D. The farm is all planted and the plants are looking really healthy. The only thing we have to worry about is a blight that took out the tomatoes last year. All we can do is cross our fingers and wait for them to grow, though! The weather has been quite radical and I guess very Maine-like. Tons of rain. Tons. And it gets very humid. But the scenery, just like in the winter, makes up for it. Maine is definitely a beautiful state.
As far as living life in Maine goes, I really can’t wait to go see Moon Taxi, Dirty Heads and Matisyahu the 25th! Also, I hope to be on a boat August 4th ready to listen to Mumford and Sons! It has been a really long time since I have been to a crazy concert and I really hope that the 25th is it.
For those of you who like body art: I found a really awesome tattoo artist about an hour away from campus. I am going to go get some more ink pretty soon =P! (Definitely addicting but it has been 3 years since my last) But also, if you want piercings there is a place in Waterville that does $10 piercings that is really awesome. (That is where I had my lip pierced.) Let me know if you are interested in that for details.
As far as progression in the farm goes -
We have for vegetables: tomatoes, eggplant, green peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapeno peppers, cherry bomb peppers, pickling cucumbers, watermelon, pumpkin, winter squash, spaghetti squash, summer squash, zucchini, carrots, radishes (which we harvested a tiny bit) peas, beans, asparagus (harvestable and in it’s 3rd year.) onions, garlic and corn. There is probably something I am missing in this list that I can’t remember.
For Fruits: Blueberry bushes, grape vines, apple trees.
And as for Herbs: Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, and Marjoram.
Now that everything is planted, I wish I could say I could just sit back and watch it grow. Don’t get me wrong, the hardest part is done, but now it is just tedious maintenance. A great amount of weeding needs to be done all the time, about once big weeding every week and a half, and in between each big weeding there is small areas we need to do by hand.
We grow food not to sell but to eat through out the year. A great big part of the job is canning and storing. Our basement was built to be a root cellar to store veggies and fruits. Also, other than canning we do a lot of dehydrating. We bought cherries the other day and dehydrated them. First you wash, then cut and half and pit, and then put in the dehydrator over night until all look very dry.
When growing your harvest, you grow not until you get through winter, but until you can next harvest and can.
It is really cool living that life style. Not only do I get delicious organic food that I have grown from it, but I also get to live like people did back in the day. The work is fun and rewarding. And to say that I have the skill set to do such a thing as provide myself food for a year is incredible (I will keep in mind that it is tons of work and to do solo would be crazy.)
Coming to Unity was exactly what I needed in my life. To expose myself to the rural setting and open my eyes to the culture Maine provides was a great choice. Not only did I find what I wanted to do for a career, but I also noticed that my career choice brings a phenomenal social connection with others I never had: the connection between your food and how it got onto your dinner plate. In my eyes, the said connection grows in importance every day, and I cannot wait to be the one providing the food.
I really can’t wait to start making awesome food when the harvest comes. The radishes we harvested earlier were the best I have ever had. I am looking forward to making some zucchini casserole, and I really can’t wait to make eggplant parm with the eggplant I grew!!
There is so much more to look forward to on the farm!! I really can’t wait until harvest!! But until next time, keep growing up from your roots.
Now Playing on my iPod – Song: Best of Us – Artist: Dirty Heads
“But if the sun comes steppin’ in early / And I’m waitin’ for my wallet to be empty / ‘Cause last night the stack’s level I was off my lead / I can still look at her with no anxiety because”
Green News Article of the Week – http://www.enn.com/agriculture/article/44638