I never knew I’d farm 1/3rd acre myself. ⠀⠀
To some, especially other farmers, that may seem small. To me, it’s HUGE. ⠀⠀
I remember touring the land early in the year alongside fellow farmers there and Rich pointing out, “you can grow flowers in this section” making motion to an entire area of low lying cover crop he had seeded. ⠀⠀
I remember being shocked. This whole area?! I thought, “well, I’ll certainly start with a fraction of it”
I initially started farming 1/4th acre here at The Collin’s Farm in Feb 2015. Nalin was 11 months old, and I shoveled load after load of compost by wheelbarrow to cover 1/4th acre about 2 inches thick. I was determined to dive straight into no-till farming. ⠀⠀
Fast forward to my second year, and I realized pretty effortlessly that I needed more space. More flowers. More varieties. Successions. More space. ⠀⠀
It’s kind of addicting to grow such a diversity of flowers, and I felt comfortable managing 1/4th acre well. So, I made plans to expand either end of the farm. I call these sections, “my wings” and prepped the soil. I added compost, amendments, and sowed cover crop last year. Moving up from a 1/4th of an acre to a 1/3rd ended up being 11 more rows of flowers. ⠀⠀
In this photo, which was taken in spring of this year, I’m planting at the edge of my plot. On one of the wings. It’s right about in this exact spot where I looked over the entire area 3 years ago and thought to myself, “I’m not sure I can farm the whole thing... right away” ⠀⠀
It’s sure easy to get overwhelmed as a farmer, especially this time of year. Instead of giving into the thoughts that I’m not doing enough, I’m taking a different approach and realizing that I’ve come pretty far. I manage a lot, and I’m just doing the best I can.
1/3rd of an acre is PLENTY for me, at least right now. ⠀⠀
by Sue Peri.
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