Hello everyone! Can you believe it is 2018 already? We can’t, but we have had an amazing 2017 at Carroll Organics.

Looking back on 2017 we have had a wonderful roller coaster of fun. We have grown so many organic veggies, expanded our bee hives, produced more honey then the year before, participated in 2 farmers markets and a market stand, increased our CSA membership, started our animal sanctuary, rescued many animals and continued the care for our current animals. We built fences, pastures and pig pods (pig houses). We added an irrigation system, a greenhouse and another hoophouse. We planted some more perennial asparagus, and learned a ton about farming. It’s been a year.

What do we have in store for 2018?

Well not all of our plans are finalized yet, but they are starting to get all our ducks in a row (haha). We plan on building three more pig pods, which allows us to rescue more pigs. We will be creating fencing for our pig pasture once the snow melts and the ground thaws. And of course we will be rescuing more animals.

On the veggie side of things we will be expanding our CSA membership, partnering with a wonderful farm to provide our veggies for their farm stand, we will be participating in two farmers markets and we will be growing more veggies.

It’s going to be another exciting year for us! And we are looking forward to all part of what this year will bring.

What’s happening in the farm in January?

Well January is a pretty slow month for us at the farm, in comparison to the summer. We will be spending most of our January planning. We have to write and finalize our garden plan, which will help us decided what and how much of each veggie to grow. This plan helps us decide how much compost to buy, seeds to order and seedlings to start in our greenhouse. This plan will also help us create our greenhouse plan! Lots of planning goes on in January!

We will also be taking care of all of our animal babies. Winter makes it particularly challenging, especially with this deep freeze we have been having. Our animals all require fresh, unfrozen water which is difficult at times. We make multiple trips out to the barns with water daily since we have no water hoses down at the barns. In the warmer months we run hoses out to the animal pens which makes watering easy, we set up automatic waters to keep their water buckets full. But in the winter those lines would freeze so we do it all by hand. It’s fun and a workout and a half. But our babies appreciate the fresh water. We also spend our time training new dogs, adding straw for extra bedding, and socializing with the animals.

We have no building projects for this month and we will spend our extra time catching up on reading, learning more about our animals and gardening. It’s going to be a great month!

As always if you have questions or comments please send them our way!! We look forward to the new year and another year at Carroll Organics.

Jennifer