Monday, February 27, 2006

Farm Update Feb 27th

Germantown Community Farm Update Monday February 27, 2006 (From Ashley McNamara)

Hello everyone!

Today was another exciting day in the progress of our little farm project. After a weekend of pruning fruit trees, clearing brush, and feasting with housemates, friends, and neighbors, we woke up this morning to cold clear sunshine and decided over breakfast whose names were going to go on our DBA (Doing Business As) form. Then Kaya, Courtney, Sascha, and I (Ashley Mc.) went down to the county clerk's office in Hudson and filed the paperwork to officially register as the Germantown Community Farm! Bobby, Erica, and Ashley L. stayed home to feed the animals, jumpstart trucks, and take care of the house.

The last few weeks have been pretty amazing around the farm. We've got a lot going on:

* We finished the "Hue and Cry" and the "Germanator," the new zine/newsletters of our community.
* We've received $2600 in donations towards the start-up costs of our first year CSA project!
* In the barns, we've built a milking stand, fixed the goat's roof, chicken-wired the ceiling, built stall doors, and otherwise cleaned up our goat sheds and chicken coops to make our animals' lives comfier and to prepare for the arrival of our baby goats. We're averaging 12 eggs a day from our healthy hens, who've been glad to see some of our excessive rooster population depart.
* We've hosted pruning workshops with a different teacher every weekend in February. Friends from far and near have helped us prune and clear a massive chunk of our old apple and cherry orchards, as well as clearing brush and old trees from the roadside and our future vegetable field.
* We've secured a little Bolens tractor, pruning equipment, and other tools and supplies.
* We've gotten the results back on our soil test from the local cooperative extension, and have established a relationship with a small farm advisor who's helping us plan our season and figure out business/tax details.
* We put up a frame for an early-spring greenhouse and ordered plastic from a local distributor.
* We've completed an extensive seed order and received a huge donation of organic seeds from friends on the West Coast.
* We've painted and organized our kitchen.
* We've fixed multiple leaky pipes and repaired our shower.
* We've established a cleaning schedule for the house that's actually working.

And it seems like we're all still managing to sleep and get fed...


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