Prowl House Blog

a documentation of our experiences on Bluebird Farm
-Keegan and Hannah

LETTUCE!! IN AUGUST!! 

Yes, indeed. We were lucky enough to have a few cooler days to be able to germinate some lettuce in the greenhouse, and get it in the ground before the heat took over. We grow many varieties - all equally delicious. The bottom photo is of some baby arugula which is directly seeded into the beds. It basically grows into a wonderful, peppery arugula forest in not much time at all! We have been sampling some older arugula in salads this week, and will have it at market in the coming weeks. After so much squash, tomatoes and other summer crops, it’s refreshing to have some greens back in the mix! Photos of the massive kale, chard, radish, turnip, broccoli, cabbage and collards field coming soon! 

The bees! The bees!! I become more and more interested in the bees every day. This hive just got a new queen about two weeks ago. The old queen wasn’t laying enough eggs, so a new one was brought in! They haven’t been able to produce quite as much honey as one would hope, but it’s kind of a miracle that they have survived the season at all. (As Time recently pointed out, we will certainly pay the price if we don’t figure out what is killing the world’s honey bees. More here, and all over the internet…) Hopefully, I’ll be able to work with them more as time goes on, but for now, I watch them buzz in and out of this tiny slot in their hive from a slight distance! -Hannah

The bees! The bees!! I become more and more interested in the bees every day. This hive just got a new queen about two weeks ago. The old queen wasn’t laying enough eggs, so a new one was brought in! They haven’t been able to produce quite as much honey as one would hope, but it’s kind of a miracle that they have survived the season at all. (As Time recently pointed out, we will certainly pay the price if we don’t figure out what is killing the world’s honey bees. More here, and all over the internet…) Hopefully, I’ll be able to work with them more as time goes on, but for now, I watch them buzz in and out of this tiny slot in their hive from a slight distance! 

-Hannah

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Bluebird Farms has their own blog, as well! It’s updated often and includes pictures of activity throughout the day (which we sometimes can’t get, because we’re working!) You can find lots of information about Community Supported Agriculture, Farmer’s Markets, recipes and more there. We’ll keep updating here as often as we can! 

New Market Sign! By Hannah

New Market Sign! By Hannah

Thanks for stopping by the blog! We’ll try to post every week or so. Internet on the farm is scarce, so look out for us on our weekends off when we can be in town and with internet!
-Keegan and Hannah

Thanks for stopping by the blog! We’ll try to post every week or so. Internet on the farm is scarce, so look out for us on our weekends off when we can be in town and with internet!

-Keegan and Hannah

This is where they laying hens live. If you look hard you can spot Marie collecting with Hannah! Marie owns the farm with her husband, William, and they’re both full of knowledge to share and excellent teachers. Right now, the chickens seem to be producing about 2.5 baskets full of eggs, each day! Again, pick some up at the market. Best eggs you’ll ever eat. The chicken wagon is attached to the truck and rotates around the pasture, just like the other animals.  

Side note: we thought it was appropriate to introduce my rooster into the mix.

Big pigs due for processing on Monday, and Hannah with the baby pigs. Bluebird Farm animals are raised and fed humanely and with love, and I promise you it will be the best meat you’ve ever eaten. Come pick some up along with some fresh harvested veggies at the Hickory or Morganton Farmer’s Market. Eggs too! Mmmmm.

Here’s some adult and baby cucumber plants, and a few growing cucumbers. The heavily weeded area on the far left are green beans, and boy are they delicious. 

These are the hoop-houses for the tomatoes - protecting them from weather…But they can’t all be perfect!

The beginning beds of the big farm. The little purple and white veggies are called fairy-tale eggplant, the big round purple ones are Italian eggplant, and the long ones that look like purple bananas are called orient express. Also seen here are trellised peppers and tomatoes, adult and baby squash plants, and basil (between the two hoop houses)

This is the big farm, which is about 1.5 mile drive down the road. We seem to spend most of our time here so far, harvesting and weeding veggies. This is also the home to all of the sheep, baby pigs, laying hens, and big pigs (which are off to become bacon and sausage on Monday.) Cows are raised on the other side of the hill (behind Hannah in the second photograph.)

Hannah in the greenhouse! Look at those baby cucumbers.

This is the barn, containing tools, the veggie cooler and meat freezer. You can see some delicious squash, scallions, green beans, and other things!

This is the upper garden, by the barn. Currently growing more soy beans, and we just finished up harvesting scallions.

The covered tables you see are used to store transplants, protecting them from weather and providing a cozy, warm environment. 

One of the handy tractors used to till, make beds, and other things. If you look hard, you can see William (who runs the farm with his wife, Marie) lurking in the background. Gotcha!

One of the handy tractors used to till, make beds, and other things. If you look hard, you can see William (who runs the farm with his wife, Marie) lurking in the background. Gotcha!