Today’s the kind of day that keeps me smiling through all my waking hours. Upon examining our herb area we had mulched with vetch straw, we found this! Beautiful dark humus, tons of little creatures and evidence of some of our favorite microbe communities. We are experimenting with different cover crop relay cropping systems, companion planting and rotations to develop a no till system well suited for the arid west. If you want to talk about residue management please get in touch with us! We would love to talk shop and are excited to share our findings!
Our Korean pepper plants are hardier and healthier than ever! We’ve saved seeds for the past two seasons to select down to two varieties suited perfectly for @namusf taste and our unique microclimate. The unique flavor of these chiles played a big part in starting our farm and is one more reason saving seeds is important to us. To build on all of this we are developing a program with AYPAL in Oakland called Seed Stewards to promote seed and cultural legacy preservation. It’s going to be awesome so keep your ear to the ground!
Transplanting rakkyo, an exciting new crop for next year! Maya from Kitazawa Seeds gave us these hard to find bulbs so they must be amazing. Primarily used for pickling they are similar to both bunching onions and chives.
Chameh melon patch. @chef_dlee there is still hope…
Soybeans hiding in their canopy
All three sisters have begun flowering. Can you each of their distinctly beautiful blooms?
Today we went on a field trip to harvest seaweed and tour another natural agriculture farm. As always I was incredibly impressed and proud of my Namu Farm crew. Look at what our awesome intern Vivian is willing to agree to for the sake of some homemade kelp extract! Thanks for following your weird farmer into some weird territory all for the love of the farm. Will and Viv, you guys are the best!