County Rail Farm / Field Five Flowers

Quick Cut Greens Harvester: Maintenance

Our greens harvester (by Jonathan Dysinger of Farmers Friend, LLC and sold through Johnny’s Selected Seeds) cut almost 4,000 lbs of greens this season. By October it desperately needed some love. When I took it apart to thoroughly clean, I noted…

Irrigation & Record Keeping

This time of year I like to organize all my records and analyze our numbers from the previous season. Bed feet planted, harvest totals, actual days to harvest, etc. Almost 4,000 lbs of baby greens! 1,700 lbs of arugula alone!…

Quick Cut Greens Harvester: A Review

In 2012, County Rail Farm harvested over 2,000 lbs of baby greens – salad, arugula, mizuna, etc – by hand. That’s many many hours kneeling in the field with a knife and a plastic bin, cutting one handful at a…

Sprung.

A little photo update of farm life this second day of May. First, a brief tribute to Steve Dagger, our landlord/caretaker. He just never stops. The intern/guest cabin looks amazing. When we first started talking about this project, I envisioned…

SNAP Shares – How and Why?

Periodically, we get an email or a phone call from a farm or organization around the country asking about our SNAP shares: how they work, is the program successful, etc. I thought I’d post my most recent email answering some…

DIY Low Tunnel Bender

This season Margaret and I are going to try and increase our production a little. We’re interested in growing more on the small amount of space we cultivate. While many farms in our region are taking advantage of the NRCS…

Butchering a Goat

We slaughtered Leo on Friday (thanks Robin, Dylan, and Steve for your help – couldn’t have done it without you), and I butchered the carcass yesterday. Literally. I feel like I really screwed up some of the cuts, but for…

Washing Station

Thank you Ann Hart for our new washing machine! It really makes all the difference. Our new setup in the warehouse. (The three sinks and scale were already in place). After harvest, greens (in this case saute mix) are dumped…

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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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