Up on the mountain, you would be hard pressed to believe that these days! We are just coming off three days of being iced in complete with power outages and frozen fog! It was a tough winter, with cold temperatures and significant snow events. But all this moisture is bound to be good for the gardens.
In the Vegetable department, some parsley and spinach have been started inside. We are focusing on producing more herbs this season using many varieties of garden plotting. So far there are row beds, terraced beds and square foot raised beds. This season we are going vertically to see what sort of yield we can get with veggies that tend to vine.. There are also plans for a pumpkin patch to be placed in a sunny spot far from the other gardens so there will be lots of space for the plants to ramble. Looking ahead there are plans for fresh sprouts and shiitake mushrooms as additional crops. As a micro farm using organic gardening principles in a forest setting we are constantly experimenting with the permaculture the property offers.
The goats and alpaca have made it through the snow and ice with fine fleeces. They will soon be sheared and the fleeces will be skirted, and then sent off to small fiber mills. A few weeks waiting will be well worth the time spent in anticipation when it all comes back as beautiful soft yarn. This year we sold shares so interested knitters could reserve their 250 yard skeins in advance. Thank you folks! It feels as if we are all working together to bring this batch of fiber back in the form of elegant and luxurious sport weight yarn.
Creative arts classes continued to be offered here at the Farm. Spoon Mountain Farm is the home of an active creative arts studio. We have offered classes in fiber felting, fiber dying and silk scarf painting. These classes are offered periodically on a rotating schedule. Additionally we have offered classes in producing all natural bath and body products using herbs, salts and beneficial oils. More classes are scheduled in native plant identification and botanical drawing this spring. They can be found advertised locally as well as on Facebook on Spoon Mountain Farm’s page. Please go visit and like the farm page!