AGGIES FARM

Got to do it. Most agree the name change is necessary, and even those who would like to hold out see the problem. Aggie is working on getting the blog transferred, and that is the reason for today’s change in appearance. (Aggie notes that the new name was highly preferred by Lou, so I went along.)

Look at the bright side: The high tunnel is coming right along. Held up today with thunderstorms, but definitely looks like completion during the Erection Party on the 26th 27th and 28th. (Lou has been working himself silly and is getting it done with Drew’s help.) Please try to come. Nice chicken BBQ and we need all the help we can get to pull and fasten 3600 sq ft of greenhouse plastic over this beautiful monster.

Also, we will get some longhorns and as a tribute to Texas have AGGIE’S LONGHORNS….That should get a rise out of the UT folks. Lol.

Anyway love ya’ll
Know your Farmer
Lou, Aggie and Muskels

FARM UPDATE

FARM UPDATE
Getting ready to unload the high tunnel pieces.

Getting ready to unload the high tunnel pieces.

The hoop house arrived Sept 10. Cecil delivered it, and Jack brought his tractor with lift over to help unload. We already have the 4 corner posts and the 34 side posts up. Robin helped the first day, and Muskels single-handedly drove 27 side posts yesterday. (He called it his birthday present.)

The Kickstarter money is promised to be here in 5 to 7 business days. Terri kindly fronted a grand, allowing us to get the dirt and organic compost here in a couple of days. This will allow us to continue construction, because we can’t put up the overheads until the dump truck unloads the dirt.

Muskels finishing a swing with the sledgehammer.

Muskels finishing a swing with the sledgehammer.

Our friends at Highland building supply helped us locate Mike, who will supply dirt. Mike in turn helped us locate organic compost in Clarksville. We are so happy to have sourced these materials locally, and within the budget provided by Kickstarter friends.

THE ERECTION PARTY AND installation of the plastic roof and final touches is scheduled for the 26th 27th and 28th of this month. PLEASE COME. We’ll have BBQ chicken, beans etc. It’s gonna take a lot of folks to pull 3600 sq ft of plastic over the top of this thingy.

The pond that the USDA said would never fill in this location, after the first 2" rain.

The pond that the USDA said would never fill in this location, after the first 2″ rain.

The signs in front now say FARMS rather than ISIS FARMS. This is an interim solution. We don’t have time for a formal name change now, anyway. I hope to paint in AGGIE’S where ISIS was. Aggie thought about St Agnes Farm, but found that the main St Agnes was a martyr, and doesn’t want to support that thought. Our sincere thank you to all who are contributing your thoughts about the name change.

Will be planting a fall crop of beets, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and greens today. Hope to get most of it done, and then back to the tunnel. The weather has really cooled off and it is pleasant working outside, so our work today, and on erection party day, should be fun and easy.

Ghost chose to give birth to her premature kitten on the passenger floorboard of the truck.

Ghost chose to give birth to her premature kitten on the passenger floorboard of the truck.

The new pond already has a few feet of water from the 2 inch rain we got the other day, so it will certainly fill this winter.

Love ya’ll
Know your farmer
Lou, Aggie and Muskels

POLITICS AND REALITY

Last day of leveling.

Last day of leveling.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAzimmermann-high-tunnelHow to deal with this ISIS shit//it is becoming very interfering in our space……Should we change our name? Why? How can media and politics affect our reality?
Anyhow it has become quite a mess/from a theosophical viewpoint we should not give in, GOD IS GOOD, no matter who you think he,she, it is////the antichrist aspects of the orginazation the american media prefers to call Isis is harming us greatly//so what do we do?
Input here is appreciated…………………..
I think maybe painting over the ISIS on the sign in JOHN DEERE GREEN would as least let the drive by locals we want to dissociate from the thought form may work…WHAT DO YOU THINK? For some reason I refuse to give up the egreggor of ISIS FARMS. But would paint the sign OVER IN GREEN……
Life in the country is so complicated////in the city all you have to do is act normal [what others expect] in the country I guess you are supposed to live it…
Anyhow send your opines please///this is an unedited post as Aggie is in San Marcos at a hoistic management school///excuse the spelling etc.We have no need to be political/we have no desire to offend/we insist on our right to be ourselves!!!!!!!!!!
So we continue///HIGH TUNNEL ERECTION BBQ ON THE 26th,27th and 28th of Sept..everyone invited…
We do Love the Planet/and everyone here
Know your Farmer
Lou,Aggie &Muskels
SORRY CANNOT DO THE FANCY STUFF WITH THE PIC;S and stuff

CONTROL STATION COMPLETE

CONTROL STATION COMPLETE
Depth gauge in place in the new pond.

Depth gauge in place in the new pond.

We have completed the control station and will be laying the concrete for permanent placement tomorrow. This station will allow all the necessary functions of the high tunnel to be controlled from this one area.
We will be able to monitor humidity/temp/soil moisture and to turn on grow lights, drip irrigation, and temp control fans, and maintain our log books from this one space.

We hope to use the tunnel as an educational tool, making tours available to local schools etc.

We’ll need some fertile soil over this red clay.

Cowpeas are trying hard to grow in the clay base. We are hoping that they provide some valuable green manure in the next few weeks. We will add good topsoil and amendments on top before planting.

Lou, Aggie & Muskels

FINISHED: Pond Complete, High Tunnel Pad Leveled

FINISHED: Pond Complete, High Tunnel Pad Leveled

Last day of leveling.

Last day of leveling.

WOWIE ZOWIE — 3 weeks to the day. We’ve spent most of the Kickstarter money we will receive around Sept. 12th, but it is done and really ahead of time. We bought the implements that we used and I believe they worked better than a backhoe, just more time consuming. Our little John Deere tractor did a wonderful job.

The implements are farm property now, so anytime we need to excavate we can. We will use them to fix the dam on the old lake, and to dig the canals in the permaculture areas, so they will come in handy.

We planted the cow peas and hope to get around 12 inches of growth before the tunnel gets here. Then we will add 2 to 6 inches of good clean organic topsoil right on top of the peas as green manure. Hopefully we’ll be able to afford 6 inches.

In 3 weeks, just before we put up the high tunnel, we will be planting a fall crop in a few areas that are currently in cover crop. We will be using plastic mulch and planting right through it. If what we have seen is correct, there will be almost no weeds. WOW.

Now I can go back to all the other chores that have been on hold, like cutting 3 cords of firewood for the winter, preparing the permaculture area, repairing all the drip lines and pulling them where necessary to do more soil prep.

So come visit. We promise not to work you too hard. AND PRAY FOR LOTS OF RAIN to fill the new pond. We need around 400,000 gallons of water.

Love ya’ll
Lou, Aggie & Muskels

Deep and Flat

The lake is deep…

… and the pad is flat.

Deep and flat is a reference to a tune I used to sing in Sunday School.

Lou has been working 11 hours days, with Muskles backing him up and carrying the rest of the work load. And it shows. Here’s the difference from one day to the next.

First, they used the scraper blade that we got as part of the bucket loader deal. The grey clay is like concrete, so they mounted first the harrow, and then the cultivator and harrow. This combination is busting up the clay pretty well. Lou and Drew are going out to measure and finish leveling.

Lou has placed the order for the hoop house. Laurie’s husband, a retired trucker, is set to deliver it. We’ll pick up seed to plant cover tomorrow. In three weeks, erection should begin.

Wahoo, it’s happening!

Love to all,
Aggie & Lou