Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The snow is continuing to fall this New Year's Eve Day.

Yesterday we spent a lovely sunny morning with Cathy, Dan and Rob going over the Fedco Catalog picking out seeds for our big farming summer. It was very exciting and a bit overwhelming at the same time. I am hoping that I can keep the enthusiasm going and follow through with my picture of abundance and healthy eating. It is so cold, snowy and windy right at this minute, that the warm dayz of summer seem far off. Well, until one starts trying to make those first planting plans.

We transplanted our baby salad greens that have been growing oh so slowly in Cathy's greenhouse. They should take off when the dayz get longer. Cath had her greens planted in a timely manner and has been enjoying them since fall.

Our chickens plopped out their first egg about 3 weeks ago and needless to say we were all very excited. Now we usually have 3 or 4 a day. We all love checking in the box to see if there are any presents. This morning I was walking around with one in the pocket of my sweatshirt and was glad to discover it before it broke in that pocket.

Sue is home safely from work and we can a•d•d around taking care of projects here in the house while the snow swirls around outside! We will continue our study our soil science and learn about crop rotation and green manures!!

Stay Warm!

Friday, December 5, 2008

We made it through our vegetarian Thanksgiving! It was quite delicious thanks to a whirl of activity in the kitchen Thanksgiving morning. In addition to no turkey, we had a brunch. Both approaches brought about a lot of conversations about traditions and attachments to foods and times for food on that particular day! Above is our neighborhood turkey family making a visit to our chickens. A good time was had by all!!

We have been studying our Fedco Catalog dreaming about next summers garden. Learning about soil, crop rotation, how much, when etc. The catalog is very fun filled and informative!
Want to finish this day now!
Oh, the Providence Wintertime Farmer's Market opens tomorrow. It is actually in Pawtucket but we are looking forward to that helping us through the next few months. Our blueberries are already getting low! Some Rhode Islanders may have to pack a lunch to make it all the way to Pawtucket. If you do, check out the Foundry Show that is right around the corner from the Market!
Hope everyone is staying calm and enjoying life!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fall is Here!!

Let's just say that we are very happy around here!

There has been a lot of farm action around here! While Al and I were in Houston at Quilt Market, our first and as it turned out only female chicken became breakfast for a hawk! It was a sad moment for these newbie chicken caretakers, but we moved forward quickly. Sue and Midge took a field trip to the chicken store in Conn and came home with 2 Buff Orpingtons. We took the others to the guy that sold them to us for a sex check. He very quickly determined that they were in fact roosters! There was a very quick switch and we came home with 3 banties...
These are the Buffs taking their first look at the three new roommates! The Buff in the back is the boss of everyone! Then we all went back to the chicken store in Conn and came home with two Barred Rocks. They didn't arrived until evening, managed to escape a couple of hours later but stayed right on the roof of the coop.

So, we have a whole new chicken family that loves cruising around the yard...only when someone is outside...and they seem to be getting along...We love the chickens!!!

We have spent time at Indigo (George and Cathy's Spread) prepping our rows for spring. We continued to dig the ditches, spread chips in those ditches and spreading straw on the beds. Midge and Sue planted garlic while Al and I were in Houston.

So things are pretty well set in that area. Just need to get more straw. We are all very excited about our veggie space and can't wait to pick out seeds!

With the chickens settled in, Midge has been building a new shelter and new run for the chicks.
The weather has been unbelievably warm this fall, so looking forward to doing some clean up in the gardens here at home. The plants are in and adjusting to their winter confinement Midge and Al are heading for NY to sell at a quilt show. Sue and I will be here wandering around the garden! Looking forward to a weekend at home.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Preping our New Space for Spring

We did some work this week prepping the rows at Cathy and Georges. We pulled weeds one day to clear the area before George went at it with the tractor. Digging dirt from the trenches that George made with the said tractor and piling it up to make a raised bed. The trench is then filled with wood chips. Still more to go. Will have to kick butt next week!

The chickens seem to have moved into a new stage this week with big chicken noises coming out of a couple of them. The same ones are becoming more aggressive with each other. We are looking for some guidance from our local chicken folks. We still don't know if they are girlzzzzzzz...we have along way to go with our farm knowledge!!!

Still have plants to bring in before the frost. The weather has been beautiful here in Rhode Island!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sun Dried Tomatoes and a Chicken Coop Addition!

We got the shed stained a couple of weeks ago and Midge has been constructing nesting boxes for the chickens. We are thinking that we might have two roosters out of the four. We are throwing around ideas about the fate of the so called hens that might be roosters... She has spent hours, measuring, sawing, hammering, drilling, and painting. I'm sure that the chickies are very happy with their new addition!

Sue was the leader of the sun dried tomato squad. George and Cathy offered the fruit right off of their vines and we took advantage of the chance to try drying them in the greenhouse. My favorites were the ones that weren't quite dried out. The flavor was very sweet and rich!

George and Cathy have offered us 300 ft of space for a garden next summer! We are very excited and have a bit of work to do to prepare for next spring. We will be helping them with their crops when needed. They are both very knowledgeable and have the tractors etc to help with the jobs! We are all looking forward to growing more food, learning about new seeds and planting methods and having more goodies to dry and freeze for Winter 09!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Welcome to Greengirlz and Don't Forget to Registering To Vote!

Welcome to Greengirlz...the back story of Artgirlz and their life on their little farm. We decided to tell the story of our life in the dirt in its own place in hyperspace! It just happens that one of the critical issues crashing around all of us these days is the election and the financial fiasco. So in light of that, we are encouraging everyone to register to vote! We are supporting Barack Obama, but it is critical for everyone to register on time and vote!