Yes, there’s still snow in our fields. The greenhouse is chilly and there’s a blockade of snow in the farmyard from the plow. Yet, this is a major time for farming. February and March are enormously important times on the Farm for marketing and financial planning. The Farm makes most of its money in four short months in summer–an incredible task if you think about it. The only way that is even remotely possible is through careful, thorough planning in the winter. Before the temperature rises, before the snow melts, we are at the computer, on the telephone and at meetings.
As we near the end of March, we begin to transition from our farm roles as marketers, spreadsheet gurus, and accountants into production managers. It’s a little rough when the temperatures are still so cold to think about firing up the greenhouse and leaving tender seedlings in there but spring comes on fast when it gets rolling. The Farm is covered in what we can only assume is 3 feet of compacted snow; pea planting seems a long way off. We have started the very earliest of our plants in our home and the other day I noticed the seeds germinating, their tiny first leaves, known as cotyledons, opening to the sun. This miraculous event brings optimism and joy to our house.
In the next weeks, we will be seeding in the greenhouse, shoveling out the barn doors, and making inventories of supplies for the coming season. It’s incredibly exciting to be starting our second season.