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Strength in numbers
Written by Marv Baker   
Sunday, 02 May 2010

This was supposed to be our big work weekend in which shareholders, family and friends were going to drop by the farm and help us get early-season crops planted and additional work done on the greenhouse.

It hasn't happened. It's been raining and snowing since about midday Friday and the temperature has been holding steady at somewhere between 33 and 44 degrees Fahrenheit. 

I personally decided that I could have been out planting onions as I've normally planted them on the first or second of May. Well, here it is May 2, and it's just too miserable to be in the field. It wouldn't take long for my entire body to be soaked. 

As a result of all this, Ilene sent out emails to let everyone know that we won't be working this weekend. Unfortunately, it puts us a full two days behind schedule. The good news is, I can get everything prepped for everyone as we've resecheduled for next weekend.

Last weekend, which was beautiful by the way, we cut down several trees around the greenhouse but didn't get them cut up so I'll go out this afternoon and at least get some of that done because I'll be able to work on the lawn grass. Otherwise, it will be getting machinery and tools ready for next weekend.

I'm not complaining about this because we need the moisture. I've told the story of 2008 when I planted onions and there was no moisture in the ground and most of them died. And even though we had a great winter snowpack, this intermittent rain and snow secures us early-season moisture that we so desperately need. 

For those who will come to the farm next weekend, however, we will be working on the greenhouse, chipping tree branches, hauling debris to the city dump, tilling seed beds and planting peas, onions, leeks, potatoes and anything else that might germinate in a cold soil temperature. 

It's a hefty goal, but with enough people we can easily make up these two lost days. There's strength in numbers.

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