Documenting the development of Z Food Farm, in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
"Time, time, time, see what's become of me While I looked around For my possibilities I was so hard to please But look around, leaves are brown And the sky is a hazy shade of winter"
"The pursuit of quantity at all costs is dangerous in farming. Quantity should be aimed at only in strict conformity with natural law, especially must the law of the return of all wastes to the land be faithfully observed. In other words, a firm line needs to be drawn between a legitimate use of natural substance and exploitation." (Sir Albert Howard- "The Soil and Health"; pg. 66)
The tail end of winter means that spring is just around the corner. And with spring comes the start of seeding. As of this post seeding has not yet, despite noble intentions, started at Z Food Farm. The heating unit to keep the trays, with their newly imbedded seeds, and then the newly germinating plants, warm, has been installed. The next step will be to install a propane tank that will then be used to allow the heater to do its job. Once this has been accomplished, seeding shall commence. The reason for the delay in the installation of the propane tank has been, wet ground. Last season seeding was delayed by wet ground interfering with the building of the greenhouse. (The more things change the more they stay the same.) By the time the greenhouse was completed it was warm enough that the heating unit was not needed; thus last years delay, and the amount of work that needed to get done, has contributed to the current delay. Despite this years slight delay, David is ahead of last years schedule and anticipates rapidly catching up to where he would prefer to be with his seeding schedule.
Before things get into full swing, here are a few pictures of the farm and the snow. Getting closer and closer. Eat as healthy as possible. Support local and sustainable agriculture. Support organic farmers.
Z Food Farm is a brand new organic farm in Lawrenceville, NJ, owned and operated by David Zaback (a.k.a. Farmer David).
About the author
Alan Zaback is the father of Farmer David. He created this site in 2007 to document his son's experiences as a first-time manager during the development and operation of a new organic farm in Titusville, NJ. This project continues in 2010, as David tackles the challenge of building his very own organic farm! Alan also lends a hand in the barn, and with his wife, Lynn, helps David bring freshly-picked produce to market. David's brother, Pete, occasionally provides technical assistance and light editing of journal entries. This truly is a family effort!