Help Us Keep the Farm!

{Planting kale plants, beets, and leeks that have been overwintering – they’ll produce seed this year!}

We just hauled all of our tomato seedlings out of the cozy darkness of the germination chamber (where it’s a balmy 86 degrees) and into the greenhouse. Which, as it happens, we just emptied by planting all of our kale and onions. And it’s hard to believe that Regenerative Roots is kicking off its 6th season – better than most primetime TV shows! But as we enter 2017, we’ve been grappling with some big changes on the farmfront.

We’ve written about the cooperative group (called Wild Abundance) that came together to purchase the farm where we’ve been growing lots and lots of delicious veggies for the past several years, and that’s currently undergoing some significant shifts. New people are looking to join(!), but other members’ lives have transitioned away from the project, and we’re needing to raise some funds to help buy out the old members and secure our land for the long haul. We’ve come a long way thanks to your support, we’ve created a lot of fantastic things here, and now we are asking for your help to make it even better. So all of us involved in Wild Abundance have created an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000, which will go a long way to helping ensure that Regenerative Roots can stay on this land and grow food for this awesome community of ours. We’ve got lots of excellent perks for people who have the means and the heart to contribute to our campaign – from farm tours and artwork to a private u-pick day and vegetable seed collections. We’ll be growing those vegetable seeds right here this season, and we just planted a lot of our biennial crops (onions, beets, kale, radish, leeks) this past weekend. So please head over to our campaign page and consider contributing to our cause. We are working hard to grow some of the best produce for you and this community, and we would love to be able to stick around for years to come. You should check it out just to get an overview of the history of this farm co-op and what we’ve been able to achieve so far! We’re extremely fortunate for the incredible people who have come together to make it happen. We’d really value you telling your friends, too!

{Above – pictures from our biennial planting workday and asparagus popping up. It’s huge for just being 1 year old!}

As for other activities on the farm, we’ve been in full-time spring mode. This means lots and lots of seeding (we just seeded almost 7000 plants last week), and our first big transplanting day is today! We’ve got boatloads of kale and onions that are more than ready to get their first taste of real soil. We’ve got some new varieties this year and they are looking stunning. But these won’t be the first things that made it into the field. That honor goes to the garlic – we’ve got many many thousands of bulbs popping up through the heavy straw mulch, on their way to becoming their delicious, indispensable-in-the-kitchen selves. But those went in last fall. If you want to get nitpicky (as I often do), the first plants to go in this year are all fully grown, mature plants that Clint and Kass hauled all the way from Nebraska and stored in our walk-in cooler all winter. They’ve been hanging out barely above freezing, nearly dormant for the past 6 months, waiting for spring to unleash their true potential. These are all biennial crops, which only flower and produce seed every two years. Kale, carrots, beets, parsley, onions, and leeks are just a few of these fun crops. A humble beet plant that is little more than the root and a few leaves up top will explode into a shrub-sized monstrosity over the course of the next couple months. We’re likely to harvest several pounds of kale seed from just a few dozen bed feet – pretty crazy when you realize that it takes 7000 seeds to make up just 1 ounce of kale seed! We’ll literally have hundreds and hundreds of thousands of seeds that we’ll harvest in August and September.

-Dennis 4/17/17