We get muddy discussing the challenges of winter production in a climate where it rains all winter. Danny gives us the low-down on how they manage deer predation and vole populations, as well as how he dresses to stay warm and dry no matter the weather.
Danny also provides insights into how he has minimized capital and labor inputs on his farm, and how that influences his farming schedule, as well as his cropping and production strategies.
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Quotes from the Show
There’s such amazing flavor that you can get in the winter with the roots when you’re pulling them right out of the ground and letting them freeze and thaw.
One great thing [about not planting for summer harvest] is we have less weed pressure in general when we’re planting. We don’t have the slow spring slog of the slow-growing weeds and chick weed getting in everything and all that.
I love long days, but once we had a family, I’ve really come to appreciate having time for them.
Danny asked me about what worked for deer control on my farm – I told him about the 3D Scented 3-strand deer fence we used at Rock Spring Farm. We also talked about thewonderful scent caps we used to encourage the deer to slow down and get a nice taste of the electric fence wire!
We discussed Danny’s Eliot-Coleman-inspired vole boxes – the mousetraps can be found here.