2014 was our first complete farming season at Quill Hill Farm and while i had imagined blogging on a regular basis, that just wasn't the case. Farming is lots of work and since it's just Adam and I, our days just swooshed by and at the end of the day we were lucky to get a shower in. So i am writing a recap of the 2014 farming season to share in our triumphs and losses during our first year farming.
In November 2013, we purchased a Greenhouse and it was quickly put up and skinned by Fronhofer power (Adam's Family). We wanted to use renewable energy to heat the greenhouse so we added an old wood stove as our main heating source. Adam rigged up a blower motor that is temperature controlled (thanks youtube videos) and ended up working great.
Spring in the Field. We found that agribon (remay cloth) is awesome for keeping bugs out of your crops as well as keeping them warm in the spring. The garlic we saved for three years from Michigan grew beautifully and we spent a lot of time and effort cover cropping, trying to give as much nutrients to the soil as possible.
We started our first markets in Middlebury and W.Pawlet and found a wonderful community of farmers and artists.
Middlebury Chocolate featured our mint in one of their small batch seasonal chocolate bars.
We added a new addition to the farm. Parsnip the kitten.
Everything was going well for our first year, then July 3rd came and Poultney was hit with 80 mph winds and huge hail. Quill Hill suffered a lot of damage from the storm including damage to our roof. All our tomatoes and peppers loaded with fruit were completely destroyed, leaving bare plants with damaged stalks. It was a devastating blow to us but we were lucky to have a wonderful community that supported us during this time. After a few weeks of clean up, some plants eventually recovered and we had a productive August.
And last, but not least- We got engaged! (PS- the cat is not the engagement ring). We hope that the 2015 farming season is filled with more adventures and hopefully no hail storms.