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Beginning in Earnest

Pasture to come

Three weeks ago I traded in my day job to accept a full time position with BWF as Agrarian. So now it begins in earnest shaping these 40 acres into their full potential as a viable farm.  The initial efforts will center on improving access and building the foundation of corrals, fencing, water and pasture to support a grass fed beef  effort.  Hope to get enough done this dry season to set up for possibly overwintering some cattle to get started and having everything ready to go for a full effort next spring. All this along with hopefully getting a buckwheat honey harvest later this summer and of course harvesting the garlic crop and planting next year’s crop as well.  Lots to do, we’ll keep you posted on the peaks and valleys of the process so if you’re interested please check back regularly. It will be interesting…

 

 

Day One

First day away from the Corporate Income Stream.  Now on to living The Life: the vagaries of  farming, the whims of weather, for better or for worse… here we go folks.

Garlic 101 Vernalization

Just back from a very cold weekend with your next year’s garlic crop.  Got down to the mid 20′s this weekend and a few more nights are on the way still to come.  That’s OK though because the varieties we grow benefit from a good shot of freeze.  Its called vernalization and in a round about way this is the process by which the single seed clove begins the bulbing process resulting in the multiple clove bulbs we all know and love so well.

Free Shipping

That’s right!  Between now and New Years all garlic orders of 1# or more will get free shipping!  Wow!

Promises Promises

I know I’ve promised more activity here and that hasn’t happened for sure.  But– we have been pretty dang busy getting the new website up, working on cleaning the house and barn on the new property, building a short road, moving equipment ahead of the rain under cover now that we have it, weeding newly emerged garlic and now getting ready for the Holidays.  Next year I’ll be better at this and my plan will be to follow the Phoenix Rising that is the BWF 6 acres merged with the BWF 30 acres: corrals, fencing, a culvert across the slough, moving the Old Farmhouse..whoa I better stop now before I scare myself!

Stay tuned–

Backwater Flow

 

2013 marked the end of an era of sorts... sadly our entire garlic crop was lost to a wind borne fungus that is very, very difficult to get rid of. And so Friends, BWF is no longer growing the world class garlic we've all loved for years.

But Backwater Farm is very much alive and growing forward!

We now supply Meadow Raised Hens' Eggs to the Astoria Food Co-op, the Puget Island Farmer's Market and others. We sell honey and some seasonal produce at the Farmer's Market as well.

Our newest effort is raising hormone free, grass fed and grass finished beef. We will keep everyone posted on the particulars of this as the "to market" time draws near in the Fall of 2016.

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