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A Truck, Seeds, and a Hoop House…

January 15, 2012

Let the fun begin!

The past ten days have been busy ones.

Mama Tee’s Farmstead officially has a work truck. It is not yet named. Any suggestions?

1996 Nissan 4WD Pickup - Thanks Charles!

The farm just placed its first seed order as well. And I want everyone to know what Mama Tee’s will be growing this year.

Types: 21 vegetables, 2 fruits, 5 herbs, and 5 flower species. Easily over 60 varieties. Most of the seeds are heirloom variety and all are GMO free! All seeds were ordered from Baker Creek Heirloom and Peaceful Valley.  A complete list of types and varieties are found at the end of this post.

The hoop house went up in the front yard the past two days. I decided to leave the skin off for now to see how the PVC skeleton does in the next two storm fronts that are moving in this week.  The frame was a piece of cake, digging up the grass on the other hand was a pain. I decided to do the extra work and sheet mulch because I really don’t want to battle weeds growing on the floor during the summer. An extra layer of cardboard and newspaper under the cedar chips should do the trick. I will be propagating the majority of seeds in the hoop house starting mid-February or so.

PVC skeleton and cedar chip floor of the hoop house/greenhouse for all the farm's starts.

I have decided to get a nursery license so I can sell veggie starts at the farmer’s markets. And, it’s looking like I’ll have two market days. Sunday’s in the Woodstock neighborhood and Wednesday eve’s in Oregon City.  Thanks to the state that just passed the Farm Direct law, Mama Tee’s will also be selling at the farmer’s market: preserves, jams, jellies, and pickled vegetables all made from the fruits and vegetables the farm will grow.

To keep you updated in other news:

I’m still working on the rain catchment proposal for the acre in Oregon City. More on this soon. I plan on doing some rain catchment at the nursery (my house) and explore options with other areas I grow food as well.

I have found another landowner in the Foster-Powell neighborhood (just one neighborhood North of mine – a five-minute drive or ten minute bike ride) who will be letting me grow raspberries and, perhaps, strawberries on a portion of her front yard. She is excited to be a part of Mama Tee’s mission! I am continuing to look for more potential land in the SE and will be growing some produce here at home as well.

Produce List for Mama Tee’s Farmstead:

Beets Chiogga
Early Wonder
Broccoli Calabrese
Cauliflower Snowball
Purple of Sicily
Cabbage Early Jersey
Carrots Berlicum2
Cosmic Purple
Strawberry Fort Laramie
Greens Japanese Giant Red
Mesclun Spicy Mix
Lettuce May Queen (Butterhead)
Lolla Rosa
Henderson’s Black Seeded Simpson
Kale Russian Red
Leek Carentan
Onion Red of Florence
Peas Sugar Snap
Oregon Sugar Pod II
Peppers Cayenne Long Thin
Thai Yellow Chili
CA Wonder
Italian Peppercini
Endive Belgian
Radish Early Scarlet
Japanese Minowase Daikon
Rhubarb Victoria
Spinach Bloomsdale Long Standing
Squash-s Zucchini Black Beauty
Early Golden Crookneck
Squash-w Delicata
Chard 5 Color Silverbeet
Flamingo Pink
Tomato Golden Sunray
Black Cherry
Basil Genovese
Cilantro Slo-bolt
Dill Bouqet
Chamomile German
Sage Broad-leaf
Rasberries Willamette
Indian Summer
Red Heritage
Red September
Potatoes Red/Yellow/Blue Mix
Amaranth Kerala Red
Beans Golden Wax
Royalty Purple Pod
Cucumbers Lemon Cuke
Parisan Pickling
Calendula Pacific Beauty
Dahlia Unwins Mix
Marigolds Brocade Mix
Sunflowers Autumn Beauty
Tiger Eye Mix
Zinnias Envy
2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2012 4:26 am

    Nice truck. Maybe its name is Scooter.

    Glad to see you’re going right along.

  2. February 11, 2012 5:39 pm

    contact me …i have an event in mind//

    Able Farms

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