A True Family Farm

When our boys help in the gardens they represent the fifth generation of the family to work the soil on Kimker Hill. Four generations still live on the farm today. Strong family bonds and a deep love and respect for the earth influence all of our farm practices.

Our gardens provide us with the best and purest of food, matchless beauty, and the ultimate earth science classroom for our homeschooled boys.

Sustainability is a popular buzz word among small scale agriculture. To us it means giving more than you take. Putting back what you use. Remembering that this beautiful earth will last forever and it's our commision to care for. In our gardens we try hard to follow these ideals and work with the earth's design, not against it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Okay, our winter break is over!

Time to get back to work! Not that we ever really slowed down, we just got busier making improvements to our house and concentrating on schoolwork with the boys.

Now we're back, thinking and planning for the upcoming growing season. Danny made improvements to my seed starting area in the basement this weekend. I now have running water in the basement with a hose to water all the little seedlings we're about to start. No more hauling water down the stairs, or bribing the boys to help me. (ha,ha) He also put in a new fluorescent light above my work area and generally cleaned up and got my work area organized.

This evening we've been going through our seeds, sorting, taking inventory, trying to decide what we still need to order... so much to do to get started again.

Recently we got the test results back from our soil samples from the different garden areas. Now it's time to start adding the recommended organic amendments. Overall there's not much that needs to be done, all the organic matter we've been adding the last few years has really paid off. It's just the newer beds that need a little extra help.

Time to dream about it now!


jeffreywinchester said...

That's cool, bring on spring! Speaking of which I guess word got out that I grew tomatoes last year because I just got a Burgess catalog in the mail.

Kimker Hill Farm said...

Great to hear from you! Let us know how your tomatoes do this year. What varieties did you grow last year? Are you picking new ones from your catalog?

Tom said...

Outstanding! I can tell you're very excited and I look forward to your bounty that will be produced. I enjoy purchasing from you at the winter farmers market and look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

jeffreywinchester said...

We grew Early Girl, Big Beef, & Celebrity. We kept 4 different households supplied with tomatoes through October. We're wanting to do more this year but don't have a for sure plan.