Farm Happenings at Cedar Crate Farm
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Farm Happenings at Cedar Crate Farm

Shade Cloth Up!

Posted on June 29th, 2022
This past week we installed shade cloth on most of our tunnels to help our plants beat the heat. Shade cloth comes in different densities that helps reduce the temperature inside our tunnels by blocking some sunlight and absorbing some of the heat from in the tunnels. Since we have so many hours of sunlight... read more »

Drought year two?

Posted on June 22nd, 2022
This week on the farm we're growing concerned that we may have another year of drought. Last year was tough on a lot of farms; so much so that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering drought relief reimbursements where specialty crop growers (that's us) and livestock farmers can be reimbursed... read more »

The New High Tunnel is DONE!

Posted on June 15th, 2022
One of the biggest projects we've tackled on our farm is the construction of a 30'x95' high tunnel that we purchased with assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS is a branch of the USDA and has programs that help farmers... read more »

Meet our 2022 Farm Crew!

Posted on June 8th, 2022
Our small farm employs a small crew of farm hands each season to help us with almost everything we do on the farm. From weeding, to transplanting to pruning, to packing CSA shares and selling at our market stand, our farm hands do it all. They are an integral part of our farm and we really couldn't run... read more »

Weeding Season Begins!

Posted on June 1st, 2022
One of the best investments we made last season was our Tilmor walk behind tractor. We use this walk behind tractor to precisely cultivate a variety of crops. This helps us reduce the amount of hand weeding we have to do so we're freed up to grow more food. Now that we're solidly in weeding season we're... read more »

Spring on Cedar Crate Farm!

Posted on May 25th, 2022
After a cold, wet April it finally feels like spring here on the farm. We've been hard at work planting, watering, fertilizing, setting up infrastructure and building so we're ready for what we hope is our best season yet. Read on to hear about our busy spring! Planting We use a couple different strategies... read more »

Last Lettuce of The Season.

Posted on December 13th, 2021
Lettuce is one our favorite crops to grow. It comes in so many different colors, shapes, textures, and sizes and it's something we can grow nearly all season long. Not to mention the outstanding flavor of our homegrown lettuce. We can't get enough. One of our major initiatives this year was pushing the... read more »

Cleaning up around the farm and our winter markets

Posted on November 7th, 2021
Late October and early November are a time for us to "clean up" around the farm. It's always tempting to leave things out in the field as we're tired from a long but rewarding season of growing veggies for you and your family but a little extra work during the late fall helps us in the spring. We like... read more »

Rotating our pasture

Posted on October 13th, 2021
One of the weekly tasks we don't talk much about is rotating our poultry to new pasture. We're big proponents of pastured livestock and managed grazing and one of the big reasons for that is show in our the picture above. We still have green, lush, living plants on our land at a time when our neighbors... read more »