Spring 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the fields are finally free from snow and mud season is hopefully past, we should be able to start working some of our fields soon.  That means we have been spending time at Warren’s shop, getting our tractors tuned up and ready for the season.

 

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This also means we have started to explore some of our tractor implements, including this one-bottom plow, to learn the different ways they move soil and to understand when to use and not to use them.

 

We also deconstructed a handful of engines to learn how they work.  This rototiller was working before Momoko and I took apart the overhead valve (seen here) but we're not so sure it will run again once it is re-assembled.

We also deconstructed a handful of engines this week to learn how they work. This engine of this rototiller was running decently before Momoko and I took apart the overhead valve (seen here) but we’re not so sure it will run again once we get it re-assembled.

 

Meanwhile, Kim, Caitlin and Tess did their worst to this lawnmower engine, under the guidance of small engines guru Josh.

Meanwhile, Kim, Caitlin and Tess did their worst to this lawnmower engine, under the guidance of small engines guru Josh.

 

In the greenhouse all is well.  The we spent a couple of long afternoon scraping algae off the surface of our onions.  Not the most glorious work but satisfying to behold once the surface of the cells were clean and could breath again.

In the greenhouse all is well. The we spent a couple of long afternoon scraping algae off the surface of our onions. Not the most glorious work but satisfying to behold once the surface of the cells were clean and the soil could breath again.

 

And outside, where winter is still holding on, we did a final push to prune another good chunk of blueberries at Blue Ox Farm.

And outside, where winter is still holding on, we did a final push to prune another block of blueberries at Blue Ox Farm.

 

Our team had a double doozy last friday:  Clearing field edges (cutting down trees, bucking them up into logs, stacking them and burning the brush) and...

Our team had a double doozy last friday: Clearing field edges (cutting down trees, bucking them up into logs, stacking them and burning the brush) and…

 

...the greatest New England spring tradition: Rock Picking!

…the greatest New England spring tradition: Rock Picking!

 

 

 

We also spent a nice afternoon pruning grapevines at UMASS' Cold Springs Orchard.

We also spent a nice afternoon pruning grapevines at UMASS’ Cold Springs Orchard…

 

...followed by the requisite cartwheels.

…followed by the requisite cartwheels.

 

And I caught another good sunrise from the back of the truck, enroute to cow chores.

And I caught another good sunrise from the back of the truck, enroute to cow chores.

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