Monday, October 4, 2010

Barley Seeds are Sown

Worked hard this weekend and finally got the test barley plot sown.  This is just a test plot for us.  We know barley will grow in North Carolina, but the malting process is completely new to us.  We will be working all winter to get the equipment setup and hope to be malting in early Summer.  Things are coming along on the farm.  A Rutherford County agriculture project called "Foothills Connect" was featured on the television show "America's Heartland" Sunday morning.  Foothills Connect is an effort by farmers in Rutherford County to reach individual consumers and restaurants in nearby urban areas like Charlotte, NC.  I love the fall weather but the shorter days really make it tough on a "wanna be" farmer who also has a day job. 

The plot plowed, limed, fertilized, and seeded.

Covering the seeds.  Is that a lawnmower out there?

Brush Pile

No more brush pile.

Theres lots to do around the farm, everybody has to pitch in.

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