Saturday, July 31, 2010

One month...

Here is our pumpkin field exactly one month after being planted! Aside from a few annoying squirrels who were digging up seeds and eating them (we set up a trap to take care of that problem), most of the seeds germinated! I have had to thin them down so that they are not crowded. The plants are so healthy and beautiful. We will keep praying for them to grow well!

Pumpkin farmers!

We can actually say we're farmers since now we have planted almost an acre of one kind of crop - pumpkins! It was a lot of work, but the whole family got involved, and a few friends. We are so excited to be growing pumpkins this year - the whole reason to open our pumpkin patch. We'll keep you posted on their progress.
"farmer" Cameron

First we had to set up a drip line on the whole field

Drip, drip.

Then we planted the seeds - 9 per grouping, 30 groups per row, 20 rows total. We figured about 5,400 seeds all planted by hand!

We teamed up - one would dig holes and the other to plant the seeds.

It took 10 of us about 6 hours to complete the whole planting process! Our kids worked so hard, I was really proud of them!

Our little farm

This blog was created to share pictures and information about our farm in Sparks NV. We host field trips, and are opening a pumpkin patch in October 2010! We are really excited about this business venture...or should I say adventure! Here are some pictures of the farm and some of the animals we have.
Piper - a burrow

Kane - a one month old "cak" (cross between a yak and a cow!) and her yak mother named Sugar in the background

Han - a very friendly Jersey cow that we hand raised.

Perseus and Poseidon - Nigerian dwarf goats.

Pilgrim- our super friendly llama who needs help with his teeth!

A fun hay ride with friends.

The beautiful view of Mt Rose.

Our backyard - a big grassy area perfect for picnics!

Some of our goats in one of the animal pens. Our goats are very friendly and will eat out of your hand.

Chicken coop and barn in the back.