County Rail Farm / Field Five Flowers

Our last Bootstrap! post.

The very last Bootstrap! post by County Rail Farm is up! It was actually posted Feb 20, so the information is a little back-dated, but still accurate. It’s been an awesome year and I’ve so very much enjoyed blogging with…

New Bootstrap Post!

Check it out! The first frost of the year has come and gone. It came really late for us this year, waiting until October 18th to freeze our row cover into crispy sheets. We were able to get our cukes,…

Organic Certification

New post up on Bootstrap! Check it out. Here’s an excerpt: Organic Certification. Those words are pretty powerful in the farming business these days. Not only do people look for “organic” on labels, but farmers get a higher price—per pound…

Barn Fixin’

The story of how I punched a hole in the barn is up on Bootstrap! – check it out. The bucket of the tractor went straight through three panels of the barn door. I replaced those panels before I started…


Margaret and I are writing for Bootstrap!, a new series written by farmers in their first season of farming. Our first post is up – and more to come! Bootstrap! is hosted by the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, an organization that…

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Arugula season 2021 kicks off today! See you in 4-5 weeks little guys. Swipe for reverse process: seeding, raking big chunks of tomato and straw, pulling dandies (wow that sounds dirty... it was), and one of many cross sections of soil showing roots worms and the unseen billions of critters that make all our stuff grow and grow strong. #organic #homegrown #montana #arugulaseason
It is so exciting and encouraging to see green things growing out of the ground right now rather than just on the seedling bench. Tulips are comin, folks! @fieldfiveflowers
This morning’s snow-brows were too good to not share
Remember that live journal called Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things? It’s probably a tiktok trend or something now but that’s how I feel about seeding - esp this soaked ranunculus. Tuck em in, sing some Brittany Spears, and do a little dance in the greenhouse kinda day
Round #2 of grafted tomatoes! Someone asked for videos of grafting last time but I failed at posting them, which is probably good because I proceeded to kill them through sheer winter neglect 🤦🏻‍♀️. Let’s hope these little ones have a better survival rate (ie I don’t completely forget about them while they’re acclimating). #organic #tomatoes #greenhouseseason #montanahomegrown
Beginnings with @fieldfiveflowers as we fire up the greenhouse and remember all the back/neck muscles we forgot about this winter. And a portrait of my favorite seeding table broom, handmade from @foxfiregoods - she’s solid and a must have bench mate. Thanks, Grace - maybe we’ll actually grow some broomcorn this year !

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