July has arrived all too quickly! I have been busy with our newest family member and have found little time to blog. I hope to update you today regarding all the happenings around Schwebach Farm since last season.
We enjoyed the winter months with one another and enjoyed watching our new little guy becoming a big guy (already a one year old!). His adoption was finalized in April! He has been a bundle of joy! All the children worked hard in school and at their music endeavors. Oldest son and daughter were chosen to participate in our local home school showcase. Our Lord has given them many gifts and talents. Earlier in the Spring, Farmer Dean plans the layout of all the crops, considering crop rotation, he ensures we have all our seed for planting and prepares the fields. We travel to Colorado to purchase certified potato seed in early April. We move our high tunnel over new soil and get it ready for tomatoes and peppers. We can hardly believe that the planting season has come once again. This is a wonderful time of year on the farm. The brown earth begins to show evidence of life as bright green plants emerge. We have planted carrots,onions, all plantings of corn, red and gold potatoes and Pinto and Bolita beans. For those that are unfamiliar with our planting technique, we plant corn in succession, beginning in late April and finishing late June/early July. Approximately 4 acres of corn are planted every 6 to 7 days, so that fresh, newly mature sweet corn is available each week of harvest. That is the plan anyway... weather often deters even the best plans of Farmer Dean. The farm garden has been planted. Beets, black eyed peas, brocolli, cabbage, green beans, peas, peppers, pie pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, winter squash are growing, thankfully, despite drought and wind. I am always amazed at the resiliency of a plant. Such marvelous design! The blackberries and raspberries are also blossoming and the berries are beginning to form. The past two weeks have been spent swathing (cutting) alfalfa, waiting for the right amount of dew and not too much, in order to bale the beautiful windrows of hay. Once baled, Farmer Dean, our oldest son and a few other men load it onto the trailer. Young son helps drive the tractor as the men load the trailer. The alfalfa is ready for sale and ready to feed our milk cows. We have also been battling the infamous squash bug. Ourselves, along with our garden crew going out almost daily to scout for and eliminate squash bugs by finding them underneath the plants and looking at each leaf for egg clusters. They are much more vigilant and abundant than in years past. Farmer Dean attributes it the our mild winter, which was not hard enough to eliminate the overwintering pests. Nevertheless, an evening walk reveals the beauty of farm life and growing, as the soft, setting sunlight shines though the fields of growing vegetables. We are grateful to be growing once again. We look forward, with anticipation, to the harvest. As we plant, weed, cultivate, irrigate and pray for the crops, for moisture without hail, we also look forward to seeing old and new friends who come and share in the harvest with us, Please come back and check for updates, as we prepare for harvest. Blessings!
Author Farmer's Wife, Ivellise
City girl turned country girl, who could never keep a house plant alive, married to a farm boy turned accountant whose desire to work the land never left his heart. When the opportunity to return to the farm arose, I thought to myself, "How will I ever grow vegetables?!" Lots of prayer, the support of my parents, the help of my patient in-laws & my Farmer husband and the grace of the Lord have taught me much about farming and growing. It is a tremendous blessing! I will post as often as I am able to keep you updated with life on our farm.