It’s that time again … some updates!

Farm life is vibrant once again! We are happy to report that after a couple years of challenging times with the Covid virus raging, the drought holding tight and continued labor difficulties, the farm is back in full-swing this growing season.

Anne LeFevre and her two boys are back for their sixth season managing the garden and hoop houses. She’s once again gone “full-in” planting a full garden of organic produce. Anne is best described as a “force of nature,” in that she’s not only a single mom to these two amazing boys, but she also helps with the livestock in addition to all of the challenging work of growing vegetables at 7,000′ in elevation.

Meanwhile, Sajun Folsom is running a livestock operation consisting of delicious pastured poultry, a flock of layer hens, some 70 turkeys and five pigs.

Here’s a quick viewing of some of our favorite images from this season to-date.

Which way is up? We love this photo capturing our “upper pond” as it filled up this spring due to plentiful runoff from the winter’s snowfall in the mountains.

Elias, age 11, offering some helpful assistance during irrigation season.

Meet “Hannah” and “Bruce,” two adult geese that have returned to the farm for the past six years, making nests, protecting their domain from intruding flocks, and successfully raising goslings. This year they hatched seven young ones, but only six have survived.

At times, especially during irrigation season, farming can make one feel like an alchemist, in that you’re using water resources to turn what were brown, dry fields, into rich green pasture. We don’t take a single drop of water for granted in this changing environment, as water becomes scarcer throughout the West. Regenerative agricultural practices have helped the farm’s hydrology overall, but will always be a work in progress.

Young turkeys out of the coop for their first exposure to the outdoor world before going out into pasture.

These five piglets, too, are getting accustomed to their surroundings, but will soon be put out to pasture.

Thanks to our neighbor Tom Meehan who captured a swarming bee hive, we have bees back on the farm for which we are very excited! Pollinators are very important to the overall food production needs for human sustainability on the planet.

The following images show a hoop house being transformed from its winter regime of cover crops to a fully planted space for tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. We took the roof off our oldest hoop house to let it “breathe” by taking in rain and snowfall while also planting a mixed cover crop last fall. The cover crop — what can be called a “green manure” — then gets tilled into the soil to decompose, adding bio-mass to the soil before transplanting young plants. We use a BCS rotary plow with great success in forming beds for planting.

Are you ready to share in this year’s harvest by supporting local agriculture, eating nutritious foods and helping save the planet from the damaging effects of climate change? We sure are! Please join us on this continued journey.

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