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November, the 11th month of the year!  This time of year the storage crops are out of the ground and in the cooler.  With the fields prepared for their wintry slumber, Melina and I are focused on maintenance of tools that didn’t survive the season, and planning for the next one ahead.   Despite the rain the temperatures are still rather, well, temperate.  We are taking advantage of the time we have to work in the barn and repair and organize, to plan and evaluate.  One of our biggest focuses are drip tape.

Drip tape, for the uninitiated is a way to reduce our on farm water consumption while we raise our crops.  Just as the name sounds, drip tape is a long piece of hose (or tape) that has tiny holes in it at specific spacing.  The most common distances between holes which we use at Chubby Bunny Farm is 12” and 18”.  This allows us to distribute water exactly where the plant is.  The use of drip tape has 2 distinct benefits:  water where we need it (the crops) and dry space where we want to avoid weeds (the paths).  Unfortunately errant tools, voles, and simple UV radiation break down the drip tape and causes leaks which need to be removed to repaired.  So as we roll everything up for the winter, we will be examining so that next March we can come in like a lion, roaring with enthusiasm and energy!

Focusing on 2017, we now have CSA shares available.  With only 60 shares left, the support given by everyone has been awesome! We really need to make these last shares move, so please pass on our information to anyone who may be interested.  Pre-paid subscriptions to our season of crops really allow us to focus on growing during the summer, and ultimately allow us to work with the many non-profits to ensure fresh produce is accessible by all. 

In closing, November is a time of thanks.  Melina and I are so thankful for everyone who has supported us over this challenging and exciting season.  Moms and Dads are always pillars of support, so thank you as well!

Michael & Melina
Chubby Bunny Farm
  
Rolling up drip tape, nice and clean.
A split gill fungus that was much too photographic to be passed up!