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Hello from your farm!
According to our 2023 Phenology Calendar, February is an eventful month! The farm coyote population is particularly active both on the farm and within the nearby wooded areas during their mating season which started last week.
As of this past weekend, we've started hearing Sandhill cranes high in the sky. Mother Nature is right on schedule! We love noticing the predictable signs of the late winter season.
Before our snowfall melted away, we also cherished some winter family playtime on the farm snow hill. We also explored the ice on nearby Lake Leopold and checked in Gavin's beehives (the bees are doing well!). While we don't usually plan these activities together outdoors, in looking back through our pictures, it seems these outdoor family adventures are a big part of our farm family phenology in February.
Our boys also seem to sense that as daylight lengthens, Jeff and I become more focused on the farm. We are preparing for the start-up of greenhouse seeding, planning for the CSA, and preparing for our crew to arrive next month. The boys help us to make sure we don't take things too seriously too soon!
We all soak up our outdoor family adventures before Jeff and I head to the greenhouse for hours at a time, seeds in hand, declaring like the Phenology Calendar states, "It's time to move!"
On this day of love and admiration for natural rhythms, we share an Aldo Leopold quote that inspires us:
"In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such."
As our farm changes over the coming weeks, we'll welcome back the change of our land-community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the farm this spring as well!
Warmly, The Miller Family (Jeff, Jen, Owen & Gavin)
Note from the Farm Kitchen
Baby spinach grown in our hoop house is a more delicate spinach, perfect for winter salads, light cooking or smoothies. Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrition (look at that green color!) including vitamins A, C, K, iron, folate, and potassium.
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