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Carpio, N.D. 58725
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Extreme gardening

I made a promise earlier this year to you, the readers of this blog, that I would write a weekly blog regardless of the situation. Unfortunately, I've broken that promise and this is the first entry in a month.

And it's been a very busy month growing organic produce. As some of you know, we've more than doubled the area that we grew on last year and we went from 14 to 40 shareholders in our CSA. This while Ilene and I have maintained full-time jobs, myself also being a first sergeant in the National Guard.

If that isn't enough, we're trying to build a passive solar greenhouse and recently received a grant to build two high tunnels. It's just crazy. Just when we are able to go to work on the high tunnels, the weeds start taking over some of the sensitive plants to we have to turn our attention to that.

Last week, we began to see cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. That's going to be complete chaos when all that stuff is ready. We are going to have to hire people to help us pick.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. We wanted to expand this operation and consumers in western North Dakota are responding in a big way. It's been an incredible turn of events that I didn't think would happen this fast.

That said, we're going to have to figure out how to be more efficient because I honestly think we are going to have still more shareholders next year. 

This summer has been nothing short of extreme gardening. There are days where I'll work in the field from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., non stop except to get a drink of water or take a bite out of a few cherry tomatoes.

Ilene has put in numerous long days as well, packing produce from a Thursday picking until 1:30 Friday morning for the same day delivery to Bismarck.

It's August now and things are really starting to pop. Interestingly enough, we've had some timely rains lately and that has helped the produce a great deal. 

These are the kinds of problems we don't mind having.

 

 
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