Growing and Humming

By Bob | July 25, 2022 |

It’s glorious to watch a field transform from this:

Freshly transplanted squash and corn

Freshly transplanted squash and corn, 15 June, 2022

To this:

Squash plants in a field

Squash plants July 23rd, 2022

The squash is doing well with the recent heat and we have two plantings (10 double rows) of sweetcorn coming along nicely. Looks like the harvest will start in a couple of weeks or so. In short, things are (for now . . .) humming along!

Even though this project is all about sharing food, we’d prefer to share it with food bank patrons as opposed to the critters who live near the farm. This solar electric fence is intended to discourage sampling the corn before it’s ready!

Electric fence around corn

Solar-powered electric fence to protect sweetcorn

And here are a couple more images, just for fun:

Sun setting over field

Freshly transplanted squash and corn June 15th 2022


Squash plants July 25th, 2022

Foodshelf Project 2022 Underway

By Bob | June 29, 2022 |

Transplanting Sweet Corn

The 2022 Foodshelf Project is up and running! We’ve got squash and corn in the ground and here’s a brief video of transplanting corn. Since our farm is organic we don’t use treated seeds. Last year we were hit with seed corn maggot that gobbled up our first planting so we switched to starting plants in a greenhouse then transplanting them as you see here. It’s a lot more work than drilling seed directly into the field, but it’s a way to get a viable crop without resorting to treated seed.

Putting the 2021 Season to Bed

By Bob | November 7, 2021 |

Corn and Squash Fields mowed for the winter

Corn and squash fields mowed for the winter.

Last week a neighbor came by with a flail mower and chopped the remaining corn stalks and what remained of the squash plants. All that organic matter can now decompose over the winter and return to the soil. With that – and a few remaining minor chores – the 2021 Farm to Foodshelf season draws to a close. Thank you to all the donors who took us past our $6,000 goal, to all the volunteers who harvested, processed and delivered carrots, corn, beets and squash, and to the cooperating food shelves and institutions including The Food Group. Huge thanks to Dana Jokela of Sogn Valley Farm – this couldn’t happen without you. Even with the loss of 2/3 of our planned corn planting we still had an excellent season.

Now it’s time to look to the future – the future of this project and the future of our farm. How can the land we now steward best serve our communities? Over the coming months I hope to craft a longer range vision for our farm using what we’ve learned about this place over the last 10 years, and what we’ve learned about communities’ needs over the last couple of years. Comments, thoughts and ideas are welcome! Feel free to comment on this post, email me or get in touch some other way.

Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

So close!

By Bob | October 29, 2021 |

Thank you to all who have contributed to the Farm to Foodshelf project! We’re so close . . . with two more days to go we only need $400 to reach our $6,000 goal to pay our partner farmer Dana Jokela for all his work, fuel, equipment and so on. Can you help? It’s tax-deductible on this GiveMN page. Thanks!

Dana Jokela and the Sogn Valley Farm logo