The Field: we refer to our 25-acre field on the corner of Holmes and Lower Bridge as the field. We use a tractor and mechanization to weed, seed, and transplant in the field. We rotate crops through the field in a cyclical manner to renew, rest, and rejuvenate the soil. At any given time you will find the field broken up into approximate thirds: 1/3 growing our heirloom, certified organic wheat, 1/3 growing our summer market crops and winter storage crops, and 1/3 covered in a cover crop (more to come on this in the June monthly email coming next week). We water the field with irrigation water delivered via a wheel line.
Biodynamic Calendar: we use a biodynamic calendar to help us seed, plant, and transplant our vegetables. The biodynamic calendar might feel a little woo-woo, but we have found it to help us out a lot in the success of our vegetables. The calendar breaks the days of the year up into auspicious and inauspicious days for planting fruiting, seeding, rooting, and leafing plants. We have done a few inadvertent tests and have proved to ourselves repeatedly that the biodynamic calendar has a strong place in how we decide when to do what at Rainshadow. Sometimes we can’t follow it (you just have to transplant all those kale on a certain day regardless of what the calendar says), but we notice the difference when we do.