Last week our country celebrated July 4. The date that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776. That act gave birth to the United States of America as an independent nation. One founded on the dream of a nation under God, with unalienable rights endowed equally to all — among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
While the country celebrated, we at the micro-farm celebrated not only the birth of our country but our first tomato harvest.
Yes, it was a small humble start compared to our hundreds of pounds we would normally harvest at the urban farm but never the less we actually got real live tomatoes to grow on the new property.
Normally at this time of year on the urban farm all the tomatoes would have been harvested by middle to late June and removed. We would then plant a cover crop of buckwheat or clover before transitioning to the fall crops in August. However, that isn’t the case this year. Instead, we are just getting a few tomatoes to ripen.
The revised plan we developed was to try to keep the tomato plants alive through the summer and hope for a fall crop. So far they have survived 119 degree temperatures but Monday night’s 39 mph wind (clocked on the micro-farm’s weather station) and rain knocked many of the plants over and damaged them. Only time will tell if they make it to produce a fall crop.
Our humble beginnings with our tomatoes on the micro-farm was due to some major failures on our part. Yes, we do fail at times but we consider those learning experiences. The result will hopefully be a solid crop next spring as we make the appropriate adjustments.