It’s Been A Busy Season So Far!

Yup…I’ve been really negligent on my updating of the blog with weekly reports and photos. I can summarize it in one word: WET! As such, I’m going to post a variety of photos from the start up til last week just to catch everyone…

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…

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…

And…They’re Off!

Getting up to the Farm once a week, honestly sometimes just barely cuts it trying to keep up especially in the Spring. One week it’s “Well I can’t get to it today, I’m outta time…it’ll be ok to leave until next week” becomes on…

There’s Got To Be Another Way!

For quite some time to come, Memorial Day 2018 will in my mind bring back memories of heat, humidity and grass clippings galore!   This day’s work was a back and forth mix of hand weeding directly around the hops to clear a foot…

“Winter Is ….” OK, Knock It Off!

For those not endeared to the television series “Game of Thrones”, today’s blog title may not make sense. The full statement is “Winter Is Coming” and it’s a reference to a frozen, zombie-like enemy to the heroes of the series. The phrase has now…

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…