Slowly Buy Surely

Another early morning drive to Saint Marys from State College today. Was not looking forward to Farm work today as they were calling for some light snow, cooler temps and fairly strong winds. I can say “they were calling” as I work at AccuWeather…

Pitter, Patter…Pitter, Patter

The sound of our tractor…a classic IH674 diesel…starting up and running at any time of year, but particularly after waking from a long Winter’s sleep, is a “pitter, patter” to my heart! Getting a late start this year as Winter actually ALMOST showed up,…

Welcome Elk County Conservation District!

On Tuesday, August 14th we welcomed approximately 30 citizens from the Saint Marys area community as guests of the Elk County Conservation District (ECCD). The ECCD put together a day-long “2018 Agriculture Bus Tour”, beginning at our Farm and ending at Straub Brewery. From…

Time For Bed

While technically not totally finished for the 2017, the majority of the projects have been wrapped up. Harvest, processing and drying went fairly well. We’re still waiting on the new yard to really set their roots and get going. This was their first year…

“Winter Is Coming!”

Truly, Winter is coming and today it felt like it was almost upon us! Temperatures are still in the average realm for this time of year, however the winds have picked up greatly. The windspeeds are close to what I’ve felt walking these fields…

“Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!”

We’ve been changing out the bags on our Japanese beetle traps in rapid succession. Next year we’ll be adding two traps to the small yard and probably 4-5 for the big yard. This is the worst we’ve seen it since we put in the…

“Test, Test…Check 1,2…Is This Thing On?”

Hopyard Beetle Traps

Ok, this post has nothing to do with an on-stage performance or mic check. It’s in regards to soil and petiole (leaf stem) testing for our soils and hops respectively. When I was trying to think of a clever title for this week’s post…

The Weeds Have Weeds!

Just a few images of our work yesterday, which can be summed up as “Damn you weeds…damn you to hell!” With such a wet Spring in combination with me able to dedicate only one day per week to make the trip up to the…

Breathing A Bit Easier

Well even though we’re still behind, we put in a good day of work that caught us up quite a bit. Show me a Farmer that doesn’t say they’re behind or that they’re “all caught up” and I’ll show you a poser 😉 Not…

Three Weeks Ago, Ahead of Schedule…Today, A Month Behind!

This has been one of THE wettest, coldest Springs I can recall in quite some time. As such, looking at the very slow growth of the hops in both yards and witnessing how extremely wet the new/large yard was, it felt like we were…