A portion of the Animas Valley from Missionary Ridge... Our farm is on the edge of the valley floor about 1/3 of the way from the left side of the image.
The Valley views can be breathtaking in the winter!
Getting ready to mow down our summer buckwheat cover crop before planting our fall and winter crops under low hoops.
Claytonia- a mid-winter salad treat :)
Winter crops in the Hoophouse- broccoli in front, then brassica mix for mesclun and lettuce mix nearest the wall.
Chloe the barn cat- she prefers hay to her cat bed!
Willie, our English Shepherd/ Farm Collie mix herding and companion dog.
This is 'San Michele'- a beautiful Italian cabbage variety that does very well here.
IEggplants, peppers, tomatoes and basil grow well in our hoophouse during our short summer season.
We grow locally adapted heirloom tomatoes in our hoophouse.
We include a variety of flowers and herbs along with our perennials- this diversity increases the number and variety of microbes that live in our soil.
We make our own compost from garden debris, barn hay and manure; it plays an important part in maintaining our soil fertility
Our elderberries bloom here in late June and throughout July- beautiful and fragrant!