I hope this post finds you all in great health and high spirits. It has taken some sweat and a whole lot of prayers but we have finally found a more permanent home. Helen's Heavenly Harvest will break ground in the Spring of 2018.
Here are a few pics just to show you where we are starting from.
Much more to come.
The CRV program here on Maui is a great success. We rarely see any roadside trash. A few years back it was a problem. It goes to show that when something is given a set value, it is not seen as trash any longer and is no longer discarded. Excellent program. We should have this program in Colorado.
Organic agriculture has really taken root on Maui. We visited the largest organic dragon fruit orchard in North America and will soon Vista the largest composting operation on Maui. Coming back with loads of new and inivative agricultural ideas. Looking forward to applying these methods on Helens Heavenly Harvest.
First I'd like to wish all of our November Friends a very Happy Birthday! May you all have the best year of your lives!
Secondly, Did you hear the good news? We nearly met our goal for the pumpkin patch fund raiser dead on. I was hoping to raise $1,500 for much needed farm infrastructure. After all was accounted for our net proceeds were $1,478.00. We over over joyed with the success of the event despite missing our first day due to a wrenched back. There was ...no way we could have pulled this off without your continued love and support. Thank you all!
I wanted to take a moment to thank some very special friends and family for giving of their time and patience to help us make this event the success that it was. Thank you to our good friends Sally Loan, Bruce and Mary Chamberlain. You guys are always awesome beautiful people! To my buddy Brandon, this is just the beginning of so much more to come! Thank you to my two boys Devin and Devon, I couldn't be more proud and thankful for your love and support. To my always loving and uber tolerant wife Tracey, Thank you for believeing in me even when things seem most crazy! I couldn't imagine life on this dusty road without you! You make every living moment a beautiful place in time!
To our newest friends the Mueller's, Brad and Kristie, Thank you for making us a part of your awesome celebration. You guys have given so much to our project and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
And to all of you who came by with a smile and kind words of encouragement. Your love and support means the world to us!
Thank you one and All! Much more to come!
Just wanted to let you all know that this weekend will be the final weekend of the pumpkin patch at the Mueller's Little Farm. After paying back the $500 used to buy the materials, we are now $400 plus in the GREEN! YAY!! Still a long way to go but our goal of $1,000 is still very obtainable. That's not too bad for our first public fundraiser.
Big shouts out to my friends Bruce and Mary who did a great job with our first day. My neighbor Sally who is a marketing guru! and my clan Tracey, Devin and Devon. Thank you all for helping me get a few inches closer to making this dream, a reality.
I hope this post finds you all Happy, Healthy and in Great Spirits.
I hope my fellow gardeners have had a great harvest this year. We sure did. Now is a great time to save those seeds. We've been collecting all types of seeds from both flowers and vegetables. Seeds can get expensive. For just a few minutes per day we have saved seeds nearly everyhing we grew and also many new seeds from our fellow gardeners.
One particular seed that is a bit tricky to save ar...e tomato seeds.
Rather than reinvent the wheel I went on You tube and typed in Saving tomato seeds. There is a plethera of videos on the subject. I'll post a couple of links to help you get started.
I also wanted to share a pic of what they should look like when you are done. I never knew tomato seeds have hair like structures on them until I took a closer look with a magnifying glass. Check it out.
A good gardener or farmer should never be too proud to share their mistakes. Especially when the intention of your mistake was to learn something new. The first frost of the year came early this year. It only lasted a day but also included a dose of snow. I decided to try and save some of my more productive sauce tomato and pepper plants by using just a sheet of plastic over the hoops for overnight protection. I placed a thermometer in the soil of each raised bed and a thermometer to measure ambient air temps without any means of artificial heat.
While the soil temps stayed right at 40 degrees, the ambient air temps at night dipped to 34 degrees. That was enough to damage the plants on a cellular level and left them limp and dying. My conclusion to this experiment was... Raised beds do not store enough heat to keep the soil and ambient air temps in the safe zone for tender plants such as tomatoes and peppers. Not even for one night. The addition of a couple incandesant bulbs in each covered bed would have made the difference. I had made a complete newbee mistake and for that we lost nearly 50 pounds of nearly ripened sauce tomatoes. We should have picked the majority of bigger greenies and let them ripen on the counter. I knew better. Stupid mistake. That certainly won't happen again.
check out the pics.
Hello Everyone, Just a quick note to say Tracey, Devon and I are ready for the pumpkin patch at Mueller's Little farm tomorrow and Sunday. Hope you all can make it! For those of you who haven't seen Brandon in forever, He'll be with me all day next Sunday October 29th. I should also mention I got my hands slapped by the FB police.. I guess trying to raise funds in the fashion I tried is a big no no.. Oh well, sometimes its better to ask for forgiveness rather than beg for per...mission. At least they were nice enough not to boot me off.
Does anyone still have some crops growing? I just visited a small private organic farm in Parker today and they were able to weather the frosty temps and snow that crushed us here in the city and are still producing lettuce, broccoli, kale, tomatoes and green beans. I learned a great deal of preventitive measures to apply to our new farm project. Thanks Jules and Milo for the personalized tour. Awesome salt of the earth folks! We may have a new connection in our organic network ! YAY!
It's times like these I can hear my mother giving me some of her sound advice. It's much easier to attract bees with honey and not vinegar. Sure glad I made another friend.
Today was a blast from the past. Bruce, Mary and I had a lot of fun serving up funnel cakes, deep fried oreos and Tracey"s "Over the top" caramel apples! sold all 24 caramel apples by 2pm. It has been nearly 3 years since I last served funnels cakes and U.F.O''s "Ultimate Fried Oreos" To our awesome friends at Phillys. After a disabling spill on Saturday, we crushed it today. All went really well. We had water in the gas of the generator and the muffler literally broke off the motor. We endured and carried on like professionals. Nothing was going to keep us from having anything less than a stellar day.
Hope to see guys next weekend at the pumpkin patch!