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We Plow the Fields and Scatter the Good Seed on the Land

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We Plow the Field and Scatter the Good Seed on the Land….

But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand! These are lyrics to one of my favorite hymns. It seems Larry and I must be continually reminded that we must do our part, but the rest is in God’s hands. We have had a challenging spring! It started out with much rain and difficulty getting into the fields. We lost a potato crop to excess rain and we were late in many of the spring plantings. Now we are well into the heat of the summer and we have had very little rain…this is good in many ways because we can get much of the plantings completed that are well over due! Larry worked hard transplanting squash, cucumber and melons today and with that accomplished he will direct seed the next round of salad mix! In other ways the small amount of rain we have had the last few weeks becomes a challenge because Larry then has to spend much more time moving irrigation around in the fields to make sure the plants are getting the water they need to grow well. It seems farming the past few years has been a journey of extremes in weather and unfortunately, I do believe, this is something that will continue to be a challenge in the environment we are living in today. We know that these challenges grow us in so many ways and we are thankful for all the growing pains we are experiencing!

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Although we are extremely thankful for our 2 new greenhouses we purchased at an auction last fall, tearing them down and rebuilding them for this season was also a major challenge. As you can imagine the time that goes into to this, it did make our planting of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers a bit late. We are thrilled to have a “real” starts house and a place to plant peppers and cucumbers to protect them from the weather extremes and know that, even though they may be late, it will be worth it in the long run and expect to have a much bigger harvest. The new 120X30 foot greenhouse is housing 780 tomato plants and we are super excited about the potential for many more tomatoes to enjoy this season. Just yesterday at market someone asked about out tomatoes and shared with me that they think, “we have the best tasting tomatoes.” Larry works hard to choose tomatoes that have the best flavor and they are grown in a passive greenhouse with lots of love… and the rest is Gods doing! So if all goes well we will have a bounty of tomatoes to share with you all this season!

God always takes care of us…sweet potatoes arrived in the mail about one week ago and God sent our good friend Chris to help us to plant the 1500 row feet the very next day! This is a first that the potatoes were planted so quickly after arrival and they are already setting new leaves and look amazing! Praise God for His previsions!

 

1500 row feet of sweet potatoes planted!

1500 row feet of sweet potatoes planted!

Sweet Potatoes putting on new leaves!

Sweet Potatoes putting on new leaves!

Potatoes planted after the heavy rains are doing well and look healthy!

Potatoes planted after the heavy rains are doing well and look healthy!

We are very excited to share we will be adding 5 new CSA members from Jasper Indiana to our 2016 CSA program.  As many of you know we primarily sell our produce at farmers markets, to restaurants and through our CSA members in Louisville KY where Larry and I grew up as children and where we met (Louisville Skate Park) as adults. We have many ties to the City of Louisville and are very excited to be developing new relationships with our neighbors and friends in Indiana. We desire to serve our local Indiana community as well as our local Louisville Kentucky community and are thrilled to have this opportunity (Thanks Molly) this coming farm season.

Are CSA will be starting June 19th and we look forward to the next 20 weeks of sharing in the harvest with each member! We have also started attending the Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market on Sundays 12-4 PM and will be at the Phoenix Hill NuLu  Market in the next few weeks on Tuesdays 3-6PM.

Larry and I feel so blessed to be stewards of Eastward Gardens and we believe that with faith and perseverance this land will be restored back to the edenic state that God has intended for it to always be. We are working very hard to provide you with produce that has never been sprayed, has no GMO cross contamination and is grown using Veganic principles. This is a true labor of love and we look forward to seeing what God has planned for Eastward Gardens.

 

Love,

Your farmers Larry and Michelle (Mikey)

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