Today the first of the tomatoes were planted in the field. You can see the deep trenches, a dose of compost in the bottom, accepting a variety of tomatoes…mixed cherries, early girl, romas. Austin, Silvano and Servando will have this whole field planted in a little over an hour. The trench will help keep the new plants warm and will eventually become available soil to sink the tomatoes deeper in the ground. The crew will cover all these beds, which will take more time than planting them!
Just when you think you have it all figured out… Paul arrived at the farm Thursday morning, still a little sleepy, to water roaring through the front field. First thought had to do with his shifting around the irrigation in that field, a project that was not quite complete. The plan for the day was to finish gluing the pipe and to install sprinklers, with planting beets and carrots to follow. But the water was not coming from a broken pipe in the field. It was coming from a broken 8″ mainline somewhere on Orange Avenue, an 1,000 gallons of water a minute was finding its way to lower ground. It will take a little while for that field to be ready to plant.
Farmers must be patient people.