Spruce Mill Farm’s 2014 Review

It’s the close of the year.  Not just any year but Spruce Mill Farm’s first year in production!  What a great time to spend a minute looking back at it before we dive into looking forward to the upcoming growing season of 2015.

Thanks to all of our customers for making it possible for us to do what we love for a living!  The 2014 year was full of growth (both personal and plant).

IMG_4819
Prior to becoming the full time “farm wife”, Natasha worked for an aerial mapping company which brought her all over the country! Sometimes Dustin was able to come on trips.
IMG_7312
It seemed the snow would never melt in the spring of 2014…we were climbing down 5 foot snow banks to get into the greenhouse where we were starting seeds.
IMG_7314
Our two ’employees’; Sophie (the brindle) and Adele (the fawn) keep a watchful eye of the farm and alert us when we have visitors .
IMG_7509
Seedlings popping up!
IMG_7530
Winter Density Lettuce that was planted in the fall of 2013 and harvested in the spring of 2014.
IMG_4413
A traditional Mexican soup, Posole, made with our first homegrown pork. Perfect for a cold day.
IMG_7677
Early Spring 2014 Poc Choi!
IMG_8262
Kale on cool day
IMG_7606
Seed. Plant. Seed. Plant. Seed. Plant.
IMG_8344
Spruce Mill Farm’s second batch of pastured pork. These are heritage bred, happy & healthy animals.
IMG_8432
This sweet spot was our “desk” for much of the seeding! Many days we’d look up, through the trees at this exact sight and think about how lucky we are to call this work!
IMG_8439
Things take off in June!
IMG_8702
Rule no. 1: Never Stop Seeding!
IMG_1565
The land we cultivate is no stranger to agriculture. This is an old apple tree in a dense forest that was once clear of trees.
IMG_1708
The cedar shingles on the old wood mill which now serves as our storage barn.
IMG_1605
In this moment, we thought the summer would be endless.
IMG_1482
These put a smile on anyone! Farm fresh flowers!
IMG_2269
In June we began converting our garage into a commercial kitchen.
IMG_2270
The walls began to take shape…
IMG_2080
VOILA! Kitchen! … Actually, a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this project!
IMG_0750
Eat real bread!
IMG_3713
We attended weekly farmers’ markets and even did a craft fair with our artisan baked goods!
IMG_3669
Fresh carrots!
IMG_3670
Skyphos lettuce, a yummy butterhead variety with gorgeous reds and greens.

IMG_0742   IMG_8501

IMG_3690
In October we began clearing three additional acres. We plan to pasture pigs on the land for the next year.
IMG_3689
December 2014 in the greenhouse.
IMG_3794
Our pork. It’s always good to know where your food comes from.
IMG_8950
Thank you!!!!

We are looking forward to doing it all over again, even better, this year in 2015!  Thank you all for your continued support and interest!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s