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“Small Family Farm Project”
Installment #10

July - August - September 2015
Weather, Water, Produce and flowers

During the past three months, the weather temperatures ranged from pleasant to very hot (90 degrees). There was very limited rainfall especially during August and September. Even though the original well water supply was mechanized so that there is now running water fueled by electricity, the antique is now the first sight visitors see when entering the property. It is an antique that many visitors may have never seen. We used the well water supply for more than a year. The initial challenge was finding a well water drilling service, the metal support system for the well, and the “well bucket”. Modern technology, the internet, served as the resource to help in finding all of the components needed to establish this antique system of supplying water. It is interesting to note how both past and present technologies intertwined to meet the challenge of providing the important water source needed for the development of the farm.

 With plenty of available water supply, we were able to produce 2 bountiful field crops –watermelon and purple hull peas. These food items was used as” take home gifts” for guests at our first “Open House” .The largest watermelon weighed 32 pounds. The peas were shelled, blanched, frozen and placed into freezer type plastic bags. See the “Garden to Table –Table of Contents (Purple Hull Peas)” Link to review how the peas were prepared.

The section below highlights the “Antique Well” and the beautiful produce and flowers grown during the months of July, August and September 2015.

Water
Water

Purple Hull Peas Fall 2015
Purple Hull Peas Fall 2015

Harvesting Purple Hull Peas Fall 2015
Harvesting Purple Hull Peas Fall 2015

Okra in Bloom
Okra in Bloom

Pink Rose Fall 2015
Pink Rose Fall 2015

Sunflower
Sunflower

Watermelon Harvest 2015
Watermelon Harvest 2015
Ears of Corn
Ears of Corn


September 2015 was the first month that we lived in the new home. It was very quiet and really dark at night. This was quite a change from living in the big city with its bright lights and the loud sounds.

Plans for the next 3 months of the year include networking with other Arkansas farmers, investigating participation in the “Farm to School Program”, and coming up with “for sale craft ideas” for the farm.