That was the attitude at Firecracker. They focus more on vegetables than I do so I was excited to get my hands dirty. I already loaded up my truck with my wheel hoe, seeder, and two good paws to help with their volunteer planting day at their farm. I got down on my hands and knees and set kale into the ground. I watched chickens dance over freshly-tilled earth. I shook hands with good people from their church who drove up from the city of Albany and surrounding urban areas to spend their holiday weekend sweating, tilling, planting and eating smoked ribs around a bonfire afterwards. This is a wonderful way to spend a holiday, at least around here.
I expanded the kailyard today, doubled it to be accurate. I didn't have a rototiller and did it all with the Earthway Kentucky Wheel Hoe. It had a plow attachment and a harrow and it slit trough the young earth like butter. It took 25% longer than the rototiller but didn't involve noise, gas, muscle strain, or renting outside equipment. I'm darn happy about it. Open to suggestions for partial sun crops besides kale. What would you plant here? Tell me!
photo of oxen by Jon Katz of bedlamfarm.com