NEWS AND UPDATES
OCTOBER 29, 2019
SEED SALE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30!!
All seed orders received from now until November 30 will have the following special. LIMITED TO STOCK ON HAND!! Order any packet of any seed and get a free packet of the same vegetable (our choice) . Example order a packet of beets and we will send another packet of most likely a different variety for free. For crops we have a large number of varieties it will obviously be a different variety. Where we have only 2 or 3 varieties of a crop like Leeks then you may get 2 packets of the same variety.
Winter came today, woke up to 3 inches of fresh snow. We fortunately got all squash, sweet potatoes and other crops out of the field before winter made an early arrival. Sweet potato pages will be updated in a week or two and poultry to follow. Once all seed is processed and cleaned I hope to have seed pages updated by mid December. We had some great seed harvests on many corn and beans we have not been able to list for a few years. Time is a premium now getting all seed cleaned and processed and we are beginning to select next years poultry breeding flocks.
August 25, 2019
As I begin another school year tomorrow it seemed like a good time to get back into a routine and keep a weekly news and updates again. It was a rough summer and plans to get things done seemed to evaporate. I erased all of the last years notes so to give a new reader a chance to catchup. The following is a brief summary.
We switched to a Wix site in January of 2018 and I started the news and updates in March. Linda was fighting gall bladder issues and getting sicker each day. The day after her birthday on April 19 she had emergency gall bladder surgery and it was a failure and had a repair job the next day also a failure and slipped into a coma and was transferred to U of Iowa hospital where she remained in intensive care until May 15 in a coma most of the time. She was then transferred to Davenport Select hospital to try and recover but remained in intensive care there until mid June and made slow steps to recovery before the internal abscesses from the intestinal pokes that were made in April caused reoccurring abscesses and back to U of I for 2 weeks in July . She then returned to Davenport Select until August 14 when she got to go to Wheatland Manor( 7 miles from home) for skilled care to learn how to walk and eat again. She had no food or water by mouth from April 19 until August 5. She got home November 23 . We are very thankful for the staff at both Davenport Select and Wheatland Manor for all of the time and care they took to get her better. All of the issues and such and many hours on the road to hospitals meant the garden season in 2018 was not the greatest. I was very fortunate to have Ethan be able to do chores and gather eggs when I was stuck in the hospital so we got through 2018 . We had a mink problem and also a raccoon problem as well so poultry suffered and finally we got the family of raccoons and the mink ironically disappeared with us chasing him down the ditch the day Linda got home. I hope to never see him again. Linda has had several reoccurring bouts with the internal abscesses and the latest was in July then she had a 3 day hospital stay in August so we had some tense moments again and lots of lost garden time.
We had a long rough winter and long cold spring that ended very wet so the sweet potatoes were late to sprout and some never broke dormancy until early July and missed the entire shipping season. We gave up on greenhouse started sweet potato slips a few years ago as they were too weak and spindly and did not survive shipping or transplant well. Our long very wet time ended on July 2 and we finally got a bunch of stuff planted on July 4, 5 and 6 . Late but it is growing and we hope to get some decent return on many items. We then entered a very dry spell until August 18. It was either feast or famine with rain this year.
Much of the reason we have had no News and Updates and blog this summer as since June 25 we have been dealing with daily issues with a man who has set a goal of saying as many false things and awful things as he can in as many places as he can to try to end our operation. He has indicated he will not quit until we are done. It has taken much of our time and resources to deal with the daily threats and ugliness. I do not have time to scan the internet but know of places where he has posted bad and non truthful stuff. We hope our regular customers and friends know this is false information and we hope any new potential supporters will give us a chance to show he is wrong. Our operation is not set up to make money as all is returned to further genetic preservation. We are deeply grateful for all our friends and supporters and hope we are able to continue on with our work here for as many years as we are physically able.
We will have many assorted chicks available in September and October. We are not planning on hatching any ducks in October. Blog returns tomorrow.