March 4th, 2014 § 1 Comment
Up until recently, it honestly never occurred to me that our farm wouldn’t somehow make it. And no, this isn’t a ‘farewell’ post, I’ve just been in a deeply reflective state of mind lately, and I’ve observed that much of what has carried me forward in the past decade of Farm Adventure has been the unfailing belief that our farm, that we–Packy and I–were somehow going to make it it all work out. Even at our lowest points, there was always a kernel of something, deep down, that knew it was going to be alright. I often had no real sense of just how that was going to happen, and much of the time I was operating on a less than optimally worked out plan, but I had faith.
December 22nd, 2013 § 8 Comments
I love living in Oregon. I love the land our farm lives on in the beautiful and quirky community of Olney, just outside the equally quirky community of Astoria, which is also very beautiful and full of delightful people, many of whom we are lucky enough to call friends. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 23rd, 2013 § 5 Comments
I’m a wordy person; I believe I always have been. My Mom used to tell me that I would come home from kindergarten and eat my lunch (cream of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich was always a favorite), all the while chattering away nineteen to the dozen about the enormous number of things that had happened to me so far that day. It couldn’t have been later than 1 p.m.
Were school days shorter then, or am I just remembering wrong?
In addition to my tendency to write a paragraph when I could use one word, or no words, I also have an odd fascination with the origins of words and phrases, and just went off on a nice internet tangent looking up the idiom used above. I knew what I meant by saying ‘nineteen to the dozen’, but then realized that I didn’t know why it meant what I knew it meant and couldn’t rest until I did.
Although I’m sure that my language issues are fascinating to you, what do they have to do with farming? Nothing really, except that they have a lot to do with my ability communitcate with our community of friends, customers and supporters–and the world at large–about the latest happenings on 46 North Farm in a timely manner. And in this era of social media saturation, good communication is everything. « Read the rest of this entry »
August 16th, 2013 Comments Off
I know a farm update is way, WAY overdue, and it’s coming, I promise. But first, we have a project happening next week on August 22nd that I really want to highlight:
On Thursday, August 22nd, 46 North Farm will be donating all of our cut flower sales at the River People Farmers Market in Astoria to the Columbian Theatre’s End of the Reel Kickstarter campaign.
This wonderful historic theatre has to raise $50,000 by the end of August to pay for a new digital projector, or else they are going to have to shut down.
Check out the great trailer below, starring many good friends (including frequent 46 North Farm hands Luke & Kati):
For small farmers like us (and many other hard-working north coast community members), the affordable entertainment that the Columbian Theatre provides is a treasured resource, providing tremendous mental health benefits (you have no idea how awesome a movie & pizza can be after a hard week of farming) as well as a great place to have a hell of a lot of fun.
Cheap movie tickets (general admission is $4.00, kids are $2.00!), phenomenal pizza served throughout the theatre and beer/wine available in the balcony where you can relax on comfy sofas (if you get there early enough to bag one) make dinner and a movie at the Columbian the 46 North Farm preferred date night. It’s still affordable even if we stop for a drink at the adjoining VooDoo room before or after the show.
Add in special events like the series of Dragalution shows that have taken place this year (and how amazing a community is Astoria that it can be home to both commercial fish-processing plants AND a full on musical drag review??) and you have one hell of a community resource.
I wish our farm could just buy the stupid projector for the theatre and be done with it, (although Packy deeply mourns the passing of real film projectors…) but as a small business of limited resources, we decided to try and use something that we do well (grow gorgeous flowers) to help the Columbian do something they do well: keep us entertained and happy and still able to make the next mortgage payment on the farm. (Maybe some other local businesses will be inspired to do the same?)
We love the Columbian, and the extraordinary crew of folks that keep it running. We hope you love it too. We hope you come and buy lots of flowers from us next week so that we can make an awesome donation to the Columbian’s Kickstarter campaign. It would be so satisfying if we could donate enough to buy a balcony sofa in the farm’s name, but I don’t know that we have that many flowers to sell! (Want to donate some of your garden’s flowers to the effort? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk about it…)
Don’t live locally? Make a donation anyway, and we’ll take you out for movie, a pizza and a beer next time you’re in town.
One thing we’ve learned in our years of farming on the north Oregon coast: community is everything. Please help us help keep our community colorful, affordable and entertaining!
Thursday,August 22nd. River People Farmers Market, 3-6 pm, corner of 13th and Duane. Come buy some flowers (and maybe some delicious local produce, meat, jam, pickles and more from some great local food producers!)
lots of love and thanks,
Teresa & Packy
p.s. If we’re lucky, we may have some celebrity guest flower arrangers on hand!
May 31st, 2013 § 5 Comments
Well! Spring has sprung with a vengeance on 46 North Farm. A combination of relatively warm and very wet weather has made for some explosive plant growth, although unfortunately, many of those plants are weeds. We seem to be in a continual loop of seed sowing, transplanting, and watering , then back to seed sowing, transplanting, and more watering alternating with bursts of weeding, whacking down cover crop, turning soil, weeding, adding compost and a cocktail of organic soil amendments, weeding, preparing seed beds, planting, and more watering, and then back to seed sowing, more weeding, and then weeding again…. and so on. The rain dances we did during the shockingly dry, hot early part of May resulted in a glut of relentless rain that stopped our planting in it’s tracks due to overly we soil, and have stalled the construction of our new hoop house. 90F degrees and sunny on May 4, and 50F degrees and soaking wet on May 25. What gives? « Read the rest of this entry »