Montpelier recently made national news as the coldest spot in the nation. Yikes! But, next door in East Montpelier, things are heating up at Cate Farm. Flint and Richard can sense the the wave of Spring work welling up behind them. Now is the time for repairing and planning and for starting seeds. Kale plants are getting potted up, before being transplanted into the ground of a new, unheated greenhouse later in the month. Flint is starting tomatoes (under 1000 watt metal halide lights in our heated shop) for grafting and then transplanting into heated greenhouses in late March and April. Longer season plants, like rosemary and pansies, are seeded early in the month.
February is typically the time for conferences and meetings. The NOFA VT winter conference, February 16-18, is a high point of learning and camaraderie. Flint and Richard will also attend a nutrient management workshop and a hemp growing conference.
Winter in Vermont is also a time when Richard and Sally can enjoy some non farm activities, like cross-country skiing with our dogs in this beautiful and serene winter landscape.
Happy Winter everyone.