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October 10th, 2019 | Posted By: Stephen Douglass | Posted in Clients' Culinary Creations, Crops, CSA, News

Hi Folks,

I wanted to send out a note to all our wonderful CSA Members and it’s easiest to do it in a blogpost/newsletter form since there are so many pics required.  For now, anyway, this post is “unpublished” on the site so it’s only accessible from this link.  I’ll edit and publish it at a later date for public consumption once our core group (that’s you) has a chance to respond if they like.  I’m going to share some news, show everyone a secret we’ve been keeping, and show you the Fall crop plan so you know what will be coming off soon.  Here are some recent pictures below sent in from CSA Members.

Over the next couple of months and possibly sooner, we will be moving our vegetable production back to the awesome loam of the Turner Family Farms’ Teachey location.  We were always at odds with the River Bluffs development group as far as what we each needed to make that work and we just weren’t making them happy.  The residents are wonderful, though.  In fact, about a third of our current CSA Members are River Bluffs residents and we will continue to serve them just as we do our Members in Brunswick Forest and throughout the Greater Wilmington Area.  This will reconsolidate our labor, facilities, and equipment so we can grow on a larger scale.  As always, all our CSA Members are welcome to come visit the Teachey farm and we have the room and facilities to hold events in the near future.  Some Teachey pics below from August.

 

Last January, I was approached by the owner of General Hydroponics – since sold to Scott’s, a friend of a friend, and he put me together with his top salesman who happens to live in Wilmington.  They proposed that, since we were doing most of our produce operations at the River Bluffs farm, we should grow hemp together at the Teachey Farm.  I agreed and we have been nursing along a good crop of the Boax strain since May.  About half of the field plants were damaged during hurricane Dorian, but the greenhouse crop along with another half-acre of younger field plants did very well.  We are currently curing the grade A greenhouse-grown hemp right now.   We are anticipating a CBD level in the .15 to .20 percent range and will be receiving our Certificate of Analysis any day now.

Before I keep going on the hemp crop, I want everyone to know that I am by no means a pothead.  I often tell people, I was once a pretty legendary beer drinker, but even the tiniest bit of THC just makes me hungry and stupid (er.)  It’s just not my thing.  So, I was skeptical about the whole thing from the start.  My skepticism was confirmed when I discovered so much BS and BSers involved with the crop.  That’s the main reason my hemp partner and I kept the fact we were growing hemp a secret for so long. Over time, though, I found myself enjoying growing it and we grew as well or usually much better than anybody else.

Now, I’m not making any clinical claims about CBD.  You can find plenty of that online.  However, I have noticed one significant benefit for me since I started smoking it (I know, I know, it’s weird to me, too.)   We haven’t done any extractions yet, so the easiest and most effective way to take CBD is to smoke it.  Some of you may know I was in a pretty serious farm accident last January.  As a result, I’ve had to take prescription levels of Advil, a small amount of tramadol, and sometimes something for migraines.  In just two weeks of using the CBD flower, I’ve been able to cut out all the Advil and I’m already down to just a fractional dose of the tramadol.  We will be offering the smokable flower to our CSA Members only.  Remember, there is no THC in it and we can provide our license information to anyone that has legal concerns about trying it.  I don’t expect a big response here but I wanted to offer it to our core group.  If you are interested, please email me at Stephen.douglass@turnerfamilyfarms.com or just call me 910-859-5706.

 

Other than the magnificent soil at the Teachey farm, we have discovered we can plant directly into the weedless seedbeds exposed when we pull up the hemp crop’s plastic mulch.  We leave the drip tapes in the same beds, too, so once each crop germinates, we stop watering overhead and just keep everything moist from underneath.  We use a terrific online application called Tend to keep up with all the crop planning and daily tasks, but I like to create an overall “game plan” on a simple Excel sheet.   So far we have planted carrots, beets, spinach, sucrine (mini lettuce heads,) myriad Asian greens and cabbages, several types of Kale, hakurei turnips, regular and daikon radishes, pac choi, salad mixes, brassica mixes, amaranth mixes, green onions, fennel, collards, rainbow chard, and more.  For those of you who have asked, our baby leaf mixes will be back in a couple of weeks.  I’ve developed a couple of them.  One is very similar to last year’s brassica mix, but I also put together an Asian brassica mix and an Amaranth mix (baby spinach, beets, chard, and vegetable amaranth.)   And that’s just the first succession and only occupies our greenhouse and three of our 12 half-acre fields.

There’s  much more to come and I’ll be back in the swing of proper crop/cooking blogposts once we finally slow down a bit.  We are currently harvesting hemp and planting right behind it bed per bed, and we are still harvesting crops from the late Summer crop.  On top of that, we are moving equipment and materials almost daily from River Bluffs back to Teachey.  So much going on!

 

Thanks Everyone, see you tomorrow,

 

Steve