March 30, 2021
UP UP UP IT GOES!
Craig and friends used ancient technology to move our water tanks higher up the mountain. With ropes and pulleys they met the challenges of gravity head-on, and if successful, the gravity that is working against them, will eventually start working for us. How? By placing the water tanks above the homestead we can utilize gravity to increase water pressure for our irrigation needs below. This gives us more support, naturally. Check out this video to see the challenge in real time.
SUCCESS!!!!! WATER TANKS SNUG AND SECURE IN THEIR NEW HOME!
March 12, 2021
CRAIG AND THE COMPOST
With the false Spring that happens every March, farmers are given a minute to prune some fruit trees, plant a second round of cover crop, and turn compost.
We have 50 yards of compost here, and it needs turning. Craig fired up the Kabota to make quick work of it. Turning a compost pile is vital because it keeps it aerobic, meaning oxygenated and fresh.
Check out the video on YouTube for a more in-depth discussion https://youtu.be/PB2T9H3Ee84
March 3, 2021
ALPENGLOW’S COOKING COMPOST
Spring is here, which means it’s time to get the compost cooking!
What exactly is compost? Compost is decomposed organic matter that delivers nutrients and microbes to gardens, which aids plant health. Our compost consists of local grassfeed cow manure, alfalfa, straw, green waste from the garden, and mulch from the forest. Turning the compost brings oxygen to the pile, which keeps it aerobic and the soil microbes happy (soil microbes are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms, and arthropodes). Microbes are “soil engineers”, and play a HUGE role in soil formation and ecology; a.k.a the soil food web. Compost should never be stinky! If yours is, get to turning!
February 3, 2021
BOSS MAMA TALKS REGENERATIVE FARMING
One of our regenerative farming practices here at Alpenglow Farms is legume cover crops (legumes are part of the pea family).
Legumes bring plant available nutrients to the soil naturally, by pulling nitrogen from the atmosphere and storing it within the plants nodules.
Rhizobium, a bacteria that fixes nitrogen after becoming established inside the root nodules, lives in symbiosis with the legumes, and gives garden spaces nitrogen for free!
Check out our live video to learn more! https://youtu.be/7y7GSuj816Y
January 29, 2021
REDWOODS ROOTS FARM HOSTING U-PICK TRAINING