An Anniversary

Closing Day, November 22, 2013.
Closing Day, November 22, 2013.

 

One year ago today we closed on twelve acres of land in Hurdle Mills, our future home site, homestead, now the home of Spring Forth Farm. A lot has happened in the past year. These 12 photos show some of the changes and progress we’ve made in the last year.

 

Spring Forth Farm, November 2013.
Spring Forth Farm, November 2013.
The Frolic arrives at Spring Forth Farm, December 2014.
The Frolic arrives at Spring Forth Farm, December 2014.
Remodeling our 1969 Frolic, January 2014.
Remodeling our 1969 Frolic, January 2014.
Spring Forth Farmers, February 2014. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Spring Forth Farmers, February 2014. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Mr. Bingley enjoying his new home, March 2014.
Mr. Bingley enjoying his new home, March 2014.
Planting Peonies, April 2014.
Planting Peonies, April 2014.
Wild plains coreopsis in bloom, May 2014.
Wild plains coreopsis in bloom, May 2014.
Spring Forth Farm, June 2014.
Spring Forth Farm, June 2014. 
Pouring the foundation, July 2014.
Pouring the foundation, July 2014.
House framing and hydrangeas, August 2014.
House framing and hydrangeas, August 2014.
Drilling the well, September 2014.
Drilling the well, September 2014.
House construction fall 2014.
House construction, October 2014.
Spring Forth Farm, November 2014.
Spring Forth Farm, November 2014.
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Approaching Winter

Winter approaches and we are excited: it is our first chance to plant trees since moving onto our land. One day we will have a fruit orchard and ornamental trees will grow around the farm but with the house project we’re starting small the year.

We planted three of one of our favorite trees, the native red maple. These trees flank entrances to the farm and we look forward to when we enter under the gateway of their branches.

With winter approaching our thoughts are also on next year’s flowers and next year’s weddings. We started preparing for our first wedding of next spring right after our last wedding of the fall.

Megan uses the Gravely walk behind to mow the beds.
Megan uses the Gravely walk behind to mow the beds.

Megan prepared our beds by mowing down this year’s flowers with our Gravely walk-behind tractor. The mower is very powerful and it easily took down the husks of the summer annuals. We planted some beds into cover crops and planted hardy annuals such as poppies, snapdragons, feverfew, and larkspur into others. They will grow strong roots over the winter for a profusion of spring blooms.

Hardy annuals in the ground for spring's blooms.
Hardy annuals in the ground for spring’s blooms.

The farm may sleep through the winter but as we approach winter we are preparing for spring and for a lifetime on this land. Planting trees is an optimistic activity. We already dream of next spring’s blooms and future summer’s shade.

October Building…..

October has been a very busy month working on our farm house!  We installed 1/2 inch rigid insulation all around the exterior and we started the housewrap.  Jonathan and I are spending a lot of time making sure our house is well sealed and can work efficiently.  We also built our 30ftx12ft porch!  Can someone say party porch?

We also trenched in the water line and electrical wire for our well to our house, a nice long distance of 250ft!  That was exhausting.  While we were at it, we installed 2 frost-free hydrants for farm irrigation.

Stay tuned for the November update…..it might include doors, windows, stairs, a well house and more!!!!!DSC_0006

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