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Fridays at the Farm

March 4, 2016

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When you’re a farmer you need to wear many hats. You’re not just farming the land but you need to learn how to be a businessman, an accountant, a mechanic, a salesman, a mathematician, a welder, an irrigation expert, a fence builder and a therapist–just to name a few. This winter Taylor has single handedly built a proper deer fence that is surrounding the entire farm and it has involved thousands of pounds worth of materials–some of which he’s carried by himself from the lower field to the upper field when it’s been too wet for the tractor to drive up above. He’s put his math skills to the test and I can safely say that I have not helped out with operation deer fence one bit (except to stay out of the way or to bring food out to Taylor who refuses to sit down to lunch while this project is underway). We need the fence complete before we start transplanting out in the fields so he’s working on a tight schedule. It’s made my stomach hurt to watch him from the farmhouse window as he works tirelessly to get through the work. I thought harvesting thousands of pounds worth of winter squash was tough….this project is next level. My back hurts watching my husband work like an animal. Honestly, sometimes I think Taylor is superhuman. This deer fence has been one of the biggest undertakings we’ve gone through so far and we’re thrilled that the deer wont be able to get to our crops once it’s all complete, but man….It’s a big project.

Deer fence aside I’m happy to share that our CSA is not only full this season but we have a waiting list. This is great news because it’s encouraging us to grow our business and next season if we hire on a farmhand we’ll be able to grow the CSA even more. We’re chatting about other projects too which has been exciting and I think Tumbleweed has some great things on the horizon. Anyhow, that’s all the news from the Farm this week. I hope you all get to have a relaxing weekend filled with great food and good company. Also- you all should whip up the honey and cardamom sweet potatoes I posted yesterday. They’re amazing!

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.



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9 thoughts on “Fridays at the Farm

  1. tamara says:

    oh my…THANK YOU for sharing about Taylor and appreciating him. He is a SuperHero—a lot of work and figuring. Appreciate you appreciating him. You’re an amazing team. Expanding begins! EXCITING. love, tamara

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for the lovely comment Tamara! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Jeanette says:

    Taylor – you are a super human – I admire and respect your determination to build that fence – congratulations!!!!!!

    what a duo – well, trio – with Henry there, too – a beautiful team

    1. Andrea says:

      Jeanette–he really is something! Thank you for cheering us along and reading the blog! xoxo

  3. Jean Husson says:

    As I was looking at all the pictures of Taylor, all I could think of is how heavy all those elements are. He must have abs of steel if ever there were any. Good thing Henry is such a great supervisor.

    1. Andrea says:

      He’s a machine Jean! I honestly can’t believe what he’s capable of. It’s crazy. And yes, thank god for Henry’s supervision!

  4. Lauren C says:

    Wow, well done! Lots of respect to Taylor. I didn’t realize you planned your fence to surround your entire farm – incredible work! I’m sure your delicious food was a huge help to Taylor, and of course Henry’s moral support and companionship must have given him a boost during all of that back breaking work. Sounds as if many exciting things are on the horizon for you guys! Cheers!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thanks for the lovely comment Lauren. Yeah, the fence is surrounding the entire farm, it’s not done yet but he’s over halfway!!! Deer be damned!

  5. Rhody Reader says:

    Go, Taylor. I’ve done wire perimeter fencing, only four feet high (six ft posts) and only a few hundred feet long. Those rolls were heavy to manage and unroll alone, up and down the ladder with a sledge hammer for the posts;. I can appreciate the weight of the tall fencing you’re using. Rome wasn’t built in a day. 🙂 Well done.

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