Summer 2









It hard to believe but here are the scenes from the final weeks of farm school.  Right: After our group portrait, Wendell showed off his best smiles.



Here is our patch job for the the mangled scarf joint (click the photo to read the story from November.) The joint is supposed to pull two lengths of timber tight when triangular shaped pegs are inserted in the hole are pounded in opposing directions. Our design flaw would push the lengths apart. But we decided that six pegs hammered down vertically though the joint should do the trick.



The first wall went up much easier expected (though what do I know, I was taking pictures.) Josh, in the yellow hat, was the architect and foreman for the entire job, from helping us select the trees to hammering the final pegs.



The event was a chance to live a tradition, common to many rural communities. A barn was a necessary structure for any farmer, to store hay and animals in the cold winter months. Yet a barn is also a large and costly structure, the assembly of which requires more labor than a typical family could provide. Barn raising address the need by enlisting members of the community, unpaid, to assist in the building of their neighbors’ barns. Because each member is entitled to recruit others for help, the favor will eventually return to each participant.



Rich puts drives the final tenon and mortise joint together with a comically huge mallet.



Patch joins two rafters with a peg. With the exception of one screw in each rafter, connecting them to the top plate, the entire building is held together with pegs and joinery. No nails.



And here is the nearly finished structure. It was designed to hold and help season 10 cords of wood, which will be used in the wood fired boiler (green structure) which supplies the farm with warm water and heat in the winter.



Back to the fields now. Many of our fields that dry down early in the season are done for the year. To prepare them for the next growing season, replacing the nutrients we took out this year, we plant them with cover crops. Here Tess mixes a batch of oats and peas.



Before our graduation, we had to “graduate” a few more chickens. Here, Caitlin (who’ll be staying on at Maggie’s next year to run the farm house for the next students) reaches for the last slippery bits in a broiler.



Here’s the beginnings of our $5000 tomato harvest. Including the first variety of tomato I plan on ordering for next season: Sungold cherry tomatoes (foreground).



As we got to the end of our harvest days, watermelon breaks were mandatory.



And after the final tomato was harvested Maggie’s class of 2013 celebrated with ice cream sandwiches, courtesy of Tyson our head grower. A sweet end to an even sweeter year.

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