Since the high school is now able to come out here a lot more often we’ve been putting a lot of effort into getting the farm project up and running. Every dirst half of the day we’re putting in irrigation and planting transplants/ direct seeding vegetables.
The garden is up and running good. Every day we’re adding more and more irrigation and transplants still. We now have 5 rows of spinach planted and a couple of rows of golden acre cabbage and early jersey cabbage transplants in the ground. We think the spinach was too hot when we planted it so we will probably re plant it in the coming week. Broccoli transplants should be coming up this week as well so we can plant them.
We’ve also begun work on clearing out part of the fish house to make a chicken coop and making metal stands for the aquaponics system. Lots of people from town have been really helpful with the project as well. A local sign maker even offered to make us a sign for the produce shop when it comes time to harvest.
This past week I’ve been working on fixing fences to move cattle in the coming week or so. Dove hunting season is in full swing and we have several public hunters using the farm to hunt. I’ve placed several buckets around the hunting sites to gather up shotgun shells to prevent littering an its worked very well. We have clearance for the high schoolers to begin coming out to the farm in the next week so that’s exciting. We also got the old dodge running again so we have a spare farm truck to work with now. Last week I also got some experience disking some of the fields to plant cover crops for the winter at a later period. Cotton is still in the ground here and will continue to be until we can get a solid chunk of dry weather. Things are going well otherwise and I’m ready to begin work with the students.
Kory “Red” Kiernan – Fall Farm Intern
Over the past week I cleared out the old fish house in preparation for the high schoolers to come out for their farm project but due to corona the start date has been pushed back. Regardless that is one project finished and ready to start. In the past week three cows have given birth so there’s a few new calves running around that are nice to see. Spraying of cotton continues in preparation for harvest and the strip till is now up and running so were finishing the fine tuning of it. This weekend is opening weekend of dove season so the farm should soon fill up with dove hunters and birdshot. Ready for things to start cooling down but I’m sure that’s another month or two away
Kory “Red” Kiernan
Fall Farm Intern
My first week at Stiles has been great. I was lucky enough to overlap my starting time here while Kyra was still interning on the farm, so she was able to show me some of the ropes before she left. Undoubtedly it will still take some time to fully learn the farm, but it was a great help. Starting the week Kyra and I refilled molasses for the two herds, and she showed me the layout of the farm as well as general herd information. On most afternoons during the week Ryan and I worked on putting together the large one trip tiller in preparation for next weeks use. After a day of practice, I was able to operate the hay tractor on the farm and on Friday fed 2 bales to the north and south herds. Next week we should be going to Thrall high school to discuss starting a mini farm project with the high schoolers where they would come out to the farm 2-3 days a week and work. The plan now is to grow a small garden for them to grow vegetables of their choice as well as getting some pigs and chickens to raise for harvest. I believe we may be turning the old fish house into the workshop for them so starting Monday I may begin to clean it out in preparation for that unless more pressing things come up. I am very excited to start this project I believe it has the potential to turn out very well.
Kory “Red” Kiernan