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Green Beans, Squash and Natural Shade

11 Aug

I had a conversation a few days ago with another farmer where he mentioned that some of his bean plants tipped over causing them to get sun burnt.  Usually under normal circumstances this is not an issue.  This was a rare case of the plants getting too tall and not being able to hold themselves up.  Therefore exposing the beans to the sun when they would normally have shade.  So there I am just a day or so later walking our green bean and squash fields and looking around, I realized that the crops that we have growing, under some of the hottest times of our summer, actually have natural shade built in.  How smart of them!

So I walked around and took some photos of our squash and green beans, these plants by design give shade to the crop as it grows!  Here is a photo of our green bean field that is due to be harvested in the next week or so.  Under all those leaves, millions of green beans maturing everyday.


Same with our squash field.  While you  might look out and see just a sea of green, under all those beautiful, huge, green leaves, lays thousands of pumpkins slowly growing, getting ready to be harvested for seed.


I just love when plants take care of themselves in these sneaky little ways that I never even thought of.  Happy Friday!

Crop Farm Tour 

9 Jun

Here in Oregon, we grow over 250 different crops. So it’s no wonder that in our soil this year we have 10 different crops growing.  And while in the next three months they will all get harvested, currently everything is at all different stages. Some crops are just getting planted, some starting to flower, some are pollinating, and others are already ready to be harvested! 

So here is your photo tour of our farm and the 10 crops we are raising. 

First stop the grasses, both perennial and tall fescue are grown on our farm. 

Next, vegetables seeds. We are raising red cabbage seed…

Swiss chard seed…

And radish seed. 

Then finally, all the crops you can eat!!! Wheat…




And Green beans…

So there you have it! And yes, to answer the question I most often get asked, we are really busy!  And most of the time, we are loving it!

The Pea Field has Been Saved!

20 Apr

The pea field has been saved!  Well not exactly…the pea seeds have rotted, the peas are dead, and now the peas are gone!!  This is when living in an area where over 250 different crops are grown can pay off.  After posting my blog the other week about losing a portion of our pea field due to some very wet soil and untimely rain after planting, I got a call from a friend who plants many different types of pumpkins.  He wondered if there was any way he could use the field to plant some for this coming season.

FullSizeRenderOn the left is where he has worked the ground for pumpkins, on the right is our pea field.

Well why not?  Better than growing a weed patch and losing out on 15 acres of good soil for the year.  So he moved some equipment in last week and started working ground to get it ready.  It just goes to show that even when things look like a tough loss they can always turn around.

You can find out more about all the different types of pumpkins this family grows on their farm at  Meanwhile the rest of the peas are growing fast and looking really good! (PHEW!!)

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