April Farm News

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Reminders & Announcements: 
  • The spring delivery season starts the week of May 4th. Your exact pickup day will depend on where you pick up your shares. We will send out an email the week of April 20th with more details.
  • Registration for spring shares will close on April 17th. Spring egg and vegetable shares are sold out, but we have a few spots open for spring dairyand spring meat shares. 
  • Registration for summer shares is in full swing. All 5 types of summer shares (veggie, fruit, egg, meat and dairy) are still available, but they are going fast. Visit our website for more information. 


Farm Photo Journal
April 2015

Here we are at the beginning of April, and it's planting time again! On Monday Jeff used one of our favorite tractors, this Allis Chalmers G, to plant the first spring radishes, spinach, arugula, and baby turnips.
Monday was the first time conditions were right for field planting, but we've been planting in our greenhouses and hoophouses for over a month now. Each year in February and March we start thousands of lettuce seedlings like these in our greenhouse. Then in early April we transplant the seedlings into our hoophouses where they grow to maturity in just 5 weeks. 
Recently a couple of young neighbors spent an afternoon helping out with some hoophouse planting.

Together we planted bok choy and swiss chard for our spring CSA members.

The final job of the day was to feed a couple of week-old lambs whose mother wasn't able to do the job. 
 
Most of the time a ewe has no trouble keeping up with her motherly duties. Occasionally, however, a frazzled mama needs a hand caring for her babies. That's where the bottle comes in. 

Fortunately for us, our other livestock don't require nearly as much attention right now. Our rough-and-tumble Berkshire pigs take everything in stride as long as we keep the feed trough full. Now that the weather has warmed up, they spend their days alternately digging in the dirt and taking long naps in the sun. Seems they are as happy as we are for the arrival of spring!

 


Upcoming Events

April 23rd
College of Lake County Farmers Market
As part of Earth Week, we will be participating in a farmers market at the College of Lake County. The market will take place at CLC's Grayslake campus from 3-5 p.m. in the lower level lobby of the C wing. Visit CLC's website for a complete list of Earth Week events.

May 16th
Organic Plant Sale, 10 am-1 pm
This fun event is a great opportunity to enjoy spring at the Prairie Crossing Farm where Sandhill has been based for over 10 years. There will be a wide range of organic seedlings for sale, as well as eggs, honey and other farm goods. There will be walking tours of the farm at 10:15, 11:15 and 12:15. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

June 28th
CSA Open House & Potluck
Please save the date for this special member-only event. More details will be available soon! 

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