A new year is upon us and our family couldn't be more excited! The end of the year seemed to creep up on me and was gone in a flash. We had a wonderful Christmas with my family up in Iowa. The weather was chilly, but no snow. The children were disappointed since there is a pretty cool sledding hill near grandma's house, but we kept them busy doing other things. We played games, put together a puzzle, and watched movies. We were able to sit and relax and that was refreshing. It's always nice to get away from home for a bit, but it's always so comforting to come home too. My in-laws kept an eye on the animals and other than a short-lived escape from the lambs all was calm while we were out of town.
The lettuce is still thriving in the greenhouse. With the temperatures getting colder at night it isn't growing as much as it had, but we are still eating fresh salads daily and it feels so good for the body. We have the lettuce covered with row covers to ensure a little more protection from the freezing temperatures.
We started over 400 tomato seeds this week.. In just 6 days, nearly half of them have germinated. These tomato plants will be transplanted into the greenhouse in mid to late March in hopes of having tomatoes to offer much earlier in the season. We just ordered another 130 Barred Plymouth Rock pullets. We should receive them in early February and have eggs from them in early August..
Brad has been busy working on our Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for further equipment and operation costs. We put together a short video that introduces ourselves and a tour of the farm to see what we plan to do. We also list what the funds will go towards including seeds, row covers, walk-in cooler for storing our produce, more greenhouse materials, and lots of chicks!!! Our fundraiser ends on February 7th so time is of the essence to help us out. We appreciate all the support we can get. Please spread the word to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers! Here is a link to our fundraiser:
I haven't shared many photos of the kiddos much lately so here are some of my favorites over the past couple of months!