March and April 2018
It has been a cold, wet spring, and we need to get planting. We’ve weaned the fall calves, fixed everything that needed fixing, and spent two months slogging through mud, and more mud. Right now, the guys are testing the flame weeder, our weapon against weeds in our organic fields.
March saw the Organic Association of Kentucky conference, during which most organic farmers in Kentucky gather to learn from one another and have some fun. I attended the organic hemp track. Then, in early April, I went to Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of Organic Farmer’s Association and we met with our legislators to explain the benefits of organic farming, and asked them to see to enforcement of organic regulations, and stop fraudulent organic imports.
Late in the month, I spoke to Berea College’s agriculture students, and met with Leadership Central Kentucky.
April 18th marked a high point, the dedication of the Daniel Boone Settlement and Scholl Station Historical Highway Marker. Much of the farm is part of Daniel Boone’s only settlement in Kentucky, chosen by Boone in 1775. My mother, distantly related to the Boone’s (I’m even more distantly related, I guess.) unveiled the sign, and we had a reception at the log cabin.
The rest of the month has been spent working on the distillery when it rained, working on the roads or pasture when it is not. We’ve got to start planting!
I don’t miss a day to get outside, though, and have been able to have nice walks with wonderful wildflowers.