Deer, deer, oh dear.

We have spent the last 9 months making our new 5 acres functional as an organic farm. Eric has built a brooding room for the chicks. He and Tim Gibbs have put up a greenhouse. He has tilled up soil that had not been worked in 20 plus years. When we have run into snags we have found our neighbors to be gracious enough to help us out. Buck helped us dig out of 4-6 foot drifts this past winter. Jeanne has offered up her fields for the chickens. George, who is 92, has allowed us to rehab his walk in cooler and store our, eventually your, produce there. We are incredibly grateful for our new community.

The last 9 months have not been easy. As many of you know, starting a business over can take a lot of time, finances and patience. Overall, Eric is a patient man. He has taught me numerous things, and taught me them again when I forgot or failed. He is a great problem solver, and does a great job figuring out how to use the resources we have.

The last week we have run into a new issue. Something we have been fortunate enough to not have had to deal with in the past. Deer. We know how fortunate we have been to not have issues with deer. It all started with the beets. Eric found a few uprooted one morning. The next morning he found the beets had been pretty well trampled or pulled up. The next morning he found the onions in bad shape. Action had to be taken. He has been getting up around 4 and doing a walk of the gardens. This seems to help. Today Eric and Seth will spend the day putting a deer fence up, which is essentially a series of tall posts  with one hot line at the top.  This line is set in about 4 feet from the existing barb-wired fence in order to create a 3-dimensional obstacle for which deer (and other prey species) have a hard time judging the depth to leap over.  We’ll see tomorrow morning if this measure has payed off.

This week at the market we will have tomatoes, squash, okra, beans, eggplant, beets, chard, kale, potatoes, onions, garlic, basil, eggs, and chicken.

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About saltforkfarms

A small organic farm in Iowa that raises Standard Breed laying hens and hybrid broiler chickens suited for a pasture-based system, as well as varieties of vegetables and fruit suitable to our Eastern Iowa climate. We grow food, we eat food, we sell food!
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