future pizza parties and for our Farm Camp food supply early next summer. We have also been harvesting three varieties of old heirloom corn - the one with the erratic kernel pattern is called "Country Gentleman" and has a great "old school" corn flavor to it. We selected three varieties to ripen one after the other as they each had different days to maturity. We will have fresh corn for six weeks by the time we are done, and quite a bit in the freezer.
We have lots of sweet potatoes in the ground, but so far only the Japanese variety planted in the raised beds in compost inside the high tunnel seem to be bulking up. Parsnips are doing well in the raised beds as well. Our white potatoes have been a real disappointment so far - the two rows we have partially dug have produced smaller potatoes and very low yields, perhaps due to a wet early season and the flooding we experienced.
|Our cabbage did well this year|
|A testimony to the power of water - here the Dyberry is trying to take a short cut through our pasture. The recent flood lengthened the cut. We are filling it (again) with the debris that accumulated in our pasture from the flood.|
|Moss Guru, Rick Smith shares his knowledge of moss|
This coming season will see us expand some other offerings on our property. In addition to the planned Farm Camp for 12 - 14 year old boys, we are also going to expand our moss gardens around the property. For the past three years, Old School Farm owner Al Benner has hosted Moss Workshops at the farm for his Moss Acres business where moss enthusiasts can learn more about how to grow moss gardens on their properties. We are also planning to develop a haunted hayride over the coming years and will have a trial run for next fall - the seven year old Benner boys are very excited!
Archery season is opening and Al Benner is hoping to provide venison for his family with the crossbow he recently purchased. With videos like the one above captured on a game cam in September on the upper pasture, it appears there is quite a bit of deer activity on the property to say the least...
Since photos say a lot more than words, we leave you with a lot this time around. We hope you are enjoying this spectacular early fall weather as much as we are here at Old School Farm.
Until next time, be well and enjoy the fruits of your labor this time of year...
Your Friends at Old School Farm
|Caught on the game cam :)|
|Dave Benner weeds moss circle garden in old barn silo foundation|
|Dave cuts cabbage for sauerkraut - just add brine solution to just above slaw|
and then a plate with a weight on it
|Deer Topiary made during moss workshop now graces a moss covered hillside at the farm|
|Our friend Brian picks up his weekly "fix" of Old School Produce|
|Moss Workshop attendees enjoyed wood fired pizza|
|Dave Benner carries some corn|
|Rick Smith shows off his moss he grew on a felt mat|
|Farm Manager Dave Campeau and Katlynne Thompson of Moss Acres|
|Dave Benner & Dave Campeau make pizza dough|
|The Benner boys shuck corn|
|Al's seriously good watercress/parsnip soup with bacon|
|Jim Sanders puts on an archery clinic|
|Sungolds - very prolific|
|In the Sander's geodesic dome - greens go pretty much all year in here|
|Nature made birdhouse and drum - white ash|
|A stop to wander the corn patch after biking|
|They only drive the car on the lower driveway - too many trees up here :)|
|yikes...what's going on here? (actually it's a puffball)!|
|Some nice forage for deer and turkeys|
|Large hornet nest taking shape above moss mat growing area - |
no leaf blowers for now
|Simulation of future Farm Camp teepee site|
|bronze breasted turkeys begin to fill out|
|We picked some apples, set them down for a moment|
and wow were the chickens on them quick!
|We have attached our sign to the wagon - a better look|
|Dave and his new (old) mercedes veggie oil machine|
|Owen Benner - a born thrillseeker|
|Up on the moss roof|
|Couldn't believe we got this close|
|No power poles along our road...very old school for sure|
|Cooling off on the moss roof|
|Sapo storage melon|
|Coleman tempts chickens to come out from under the elderberry bushes|
|Jerusalem Artichokes or "Sunchokes" - a tasty survival food - cooked or raw. |
Tubers can be left in ground year round and will sprout again the following year.
Very aggressive grower.