Organic farming ...
Update from the Farm, August 14, 2020
We are busy finishing up a very strange grape harvest in the next few days. More on that soon. Quite early for that harvest to be coming to an end for the year, but here is a more encouraging update from the organic row crops on our farm.
This is the first year that we have grown organic hemp.
These plants are huge. They are growing like weeds, except that they do love water. Some are over seven and eight feet tall.
We are producing grain, fiber, and CBD for to buyers make products to help people and animals.
This is a new and adventurous endeavor, but diversification is what is helping our vineyards and farm to stay afloat during these times.
Organic Pima Cotton Growing on Bingham Farm
An update is in order to see the beautiful blooms in our organic pima cotton.
We do need a rain, but the cotton is looking good for now. The blossom are turning from yellowish white to pink, and then to purple. Once they fall away there we be a square (don’t ask me why they call it that) which will produce the cotton boll. For now we can enjoy the blossoms.
Pima Cotton Flower
The first blossoms for the year are forming in the cotton. This is early for us for them to appear compared to other years. This flower is from our organic pima cotton.
First comes the square, then about three weeks later the blossom opens as this one is doing. The petals will change from yellow to pink and finally dark red before they wither and fall, leaving a green pods which is called a cotton boll.
Cliff took these photos as he has been in the fields most days lately sand fighting the soil with a plow since we have had good rains recently.
In the Vineyards and the Farm, June 2, 2020
Many of our vineyards will not be fruitful this year, but the green is showing hope to start working on the vineyards for fruit for next year. Extensive training will be going on the prepare the best cordons for fruitfulness for coming years.
You can see wheat growing in the forefront of a few of these photos.
We are harvesting this organic hard winter wheat right now. We save some for ourselves to make the best whole wheat bread. One of my favorite foods.
Interesting that you can take a grain, grind it up, add some honey, yeast, and salt to make fluffy whole wheat bread.
Our family and employee garden is doing well. Some of our children, employees, and their children have been helping. Time to lower the bags used for wind shields for the baby plants. Sierra, our daughter found a mouse caught in one. That wasn’t the most pleasant experience for any of the workers.
A few rows of corn were added in the foreground. I wonder if they planted any black-eyed-peas. When we plant those in our commercial row crops, we usually just harvest some from those fields for freezing.
Then there is the new-to-us crop that we are planting on our TDA certified organic land, hemp. We have acres plant for CBD and some for textile. We even have some experimental dry land acres planted to see how our soil and water will do with the Hemp.
Here they were planting last week.
That’s the update from the vineyard and the farms from this week. We hope that you all are doing well in these times and working towards planting seeds of hope yourselves.
Yes, our organic row crops are in need of rain, but we also need to test the grapes in our vineyards to see if they are ready for harvesting. Grape harvest looks like it will start earlier the year than it usually does.