No, there was no update last week, so a belated Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of our followers.
Mother Nature has been dictating our schedule recently. Donald went down to the production fields last weekend to work on prepping plots for planting, and only got to work on the second half of plot 1D (this is the plot we planted cabbage in 2-weeks ago), however, the production fields were wet and hard to work, and additional rain was forecast for the weekend, so prepping has been delayed. Instead, Debbie and Donald took a little time off and went to Fort Smith.
This weekend was more of the same - rain. We are not complaining, we need the moisture, but we also would like to get the rest of our February seeds down. We have postponed our March seed order until we get all of February seeds down.
The chickens are progressing well. We should be able to release them either Easter Sunday or the Sunday after. Donald and Debbie went shopping this weekend for supplies and finally got a gate for the chicken run and Donald put the gate up. There is some final fence work to be done, the ramp into the hen house to be added, and one part of the roof of the hen house to be replaced, and we will be ready to move the chickens in.
The peppers and tomatoes currently being grown in the barn have started to sprout and are doing well.
With the weather preventing field work, Donald has been working on the Farm Food Safety Plan, part of our Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) program. As part of this effort, changes are being made in our operations to ensure that we will be in compliance with the Food Safety Plan.
Danielle has taken over responsibility for the poultry and will be assisted by Debbie. Elizabeth and Logan will be responsible for feeding and egg collection.
Debbie is responsible for ensuring that supplies are purchased and available as needed.
Donald will be responsible for heavy equipment operations, equipment maintenance and repair, and fence construction, maintenance, and repair.
Donald, Danielle, and Adam will share mowing and ground maintenance duties.
The entire family will be responsible for crop operations, including planning, ground preparation, planting, maintenance, and harvesting.
Adam will assist in all operations.
As we proceed, we will better define everyone's responsibility to ensure that we are making use of everyone's talents and abilities.
Until next week,
Blessings from Baker Heritage Farms
"Birth is nothing without virtue, and we have no claim to share in the glory of our ancestors unless we strive to resemble them.." Moliere