I consider this my first 'official' spring season as a flower farmer. I had very few spring flowers last year, so it was mostly all about getting things set up and stumbling my way through the first planting season. It was fantastic, and I loved it. This year though, there is satisfaction in knowing I will make it to the market far earlier. The general goal is to do less stumbling, in favour of tripping only occasionally.
Aren't those pretty? It's nice to see the color, especially because spring is basically all about dirt. Some of it is your standard issue garden dirt (yes, I know, it's actually soil), but some of it (tons of it) is actually manure. April and May get to see Erik and I moving quite a bit of that organic fertilizer, in addition to Erik's animal chores and my plant chores. I spent an evening running around after Erik while attempting to get some decent action shots. My photography is squarely in the amateur range but it gets the point across. A working 1960s tractor is always photogenic in an industrial grunge kind of way.
It's also still calving season - so between the flowers and the calves we have lots of cuteness to offset how dirty the floor in the mudroom gets. Of course, you can't see most of the floor because it is covered in trays of plants. Spring is one of those season where you see the best laid plans shoehorned in around the weather, equipment malfunctions, and life changes. A former colleague always called this 'juking and jiving', and I hope I've picked up some of his adaptability. Come what may, farming is always an adventure.
I've collected a few images to share about the season so far, you can check them out below.