Ojos Del Sol 2/23/24

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Happy Friday!    It’s starting to warm up a bit out here.  It’s still been freezing every night until last night, but the mornings have been warming up faster and we’ve got multiple days in the 70’s coming up, so I imagine we’ll see some new leaves and flowers out in the world this week.  The spirea are putting out fresh leaves already.  This week’s gift of divine fragrance is bequeathed unto my grateful nostrils by the Winter Gold Paperbush (Edgeworthia Chrysantha).  Love that dang plant!  Smells sooooo good.  We’ve got a newer one in front of the house, but a much more established one out in the woods by the generous mulberry tree in front of the cabin.  Surrounded...

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Red fingers and Polyrhythms 2/16/24

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Happy Friday!    The first of the daffodils have bloomed!  We made a decision last year that instead of cutting and selling them all, the daffodils growing in the yard would be left for the collective appreciation of everyone who spends their days here.  So, now we are graced with pops of yellow and white adorableness throughout our day as a constant reminder towards gratitude.  It makes us feel wealthy to not absolutely have to cut them anymore.  The state of self deprivation gets programmed in, so it's a therapeutic act to release that grip and it feels so liberating.    Earlier stages than the daffs, but still noteworthy, there's little red fingers poking their way up through the earth...

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The Fragrant Witch 2/9/24

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Happy Friday dear friends!    Spring is sending little teasers our way out here.  The unassuming Witch Hazel has been delighting confused olfactories for the last 2 weeks out here.  Always fascinating to the uninitiated, this 10 foot tall bush looks like a bunch of sad dead sticks and leaves, but upon closer inspection tiny little flowers (arguably also kinda dead looking) are wafting irresistable fragrance at passing noses.  It's lovely and very perplexing if you don't know Witch Hazel, but randomly happen upon it.  I couldn't figure out where that delightful smell was coming from for the life of me for many springs until Mandy observed my ignorance and unmasked the mystery of the witch for me.  It is a...

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Halentine's 2/2/24

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   It’s been beautiful out lately.  That sideways light that early spring brings for much of the day is truly magical and puts a little pep in my step each day.  On the few days that hit 70 degrees last week I caught faint whiffs of floral fragrance in the air and heard the chorus of hundreds of frogs.  Seems early for frog song, but I guess when the mood strikes and ambient temps facilitate romance to course through your cold blooded veins, you have no choice but to serenade.    Flowers are trickling in with a slight increase in velocity, but not enough to satisfy everyone quite yet.  It’s coming though, I promise.    I know Valentine’s, Galentine’s, and...

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Fire in the Sky 1/26/24

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Happy Friday y’all! This will be our last newsletter from this email address.  What this means for you is that next week, if you don’t see us in your inbox, we may have ended up in your spam or promotions folder.  We’ll be sending from steve@3porchfarm.com with Flodesk instead of the current address with Mailchimp and are aiming for a somewhat more pleasant interaction between words and photos for our newsletters going forward. The sunsets last week were quite glorious if you could handle the cold.  My folks joined me for a shivery sunset or two.  My brother and sister-in law were also here for the weekend, generally just eating, chatting, and spending a little time catching up with Mandy’s...

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A Quick Note 1/19/24

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   Happy Frosty Friday y’all! Keeping it brief, cause my family is in town.      Georgia people, keep dripping those faucets and wearing those long johns for another 3 nights.  It’s gonna be a super frosty weekend.  We’re always colder than the forecast out here, so we could get down to single digits on some parts of the farm.  Next week it’s going to pop right back up to 70 degrees (with 3+ inches of rain), so I’m anticipating the acceleration of growth in tunnels and a few flower bundles will be made available.  Poppies are coming!    As for farm stuff….we just got some Butterfly Weed seeds that are the host plant for arguably the coolest butterfly in the U.S. (Monarchs) and...

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And So It Begins Anew 1/12/24

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Hi friends,    The crew is back from their 2 week break and progress is afoot.  The last greenhouse beds have finally been planted with our new secret, possibly awesome, possibly meh variety of a favorite flower.  We’re excited to see which it turns out to be, but we’re also excited to have completed our Fall plantings of our tunnels.  Much later than normal, but we had a tough time germinating them so the whole process was delayed.  Anywho.  The tunnels are fully planted and we are pleased.      We’ve actually been harvesting anemones here and there for the last few weeks and even the occasional ranunculus, but aren’t quite ready to start shipping.  We’re gifting early blooms to friends and family...

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Happy New Year from 3 Porch Farm! 12/31/23

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   The new year is nigh.  Whether you spend it immersed in glitter and bubbles, quiet contemplation, or somewhere in between, we hope you have a great night and an even better 2024.     We are grateful to you all for your support of our efforts to turn our ideals into an actual occupation that provides a living wage for not only us, but for our awesome crew as well.      We’ve really gelled as a team and as a farm these last few years and are exceedingly happy to have a strong sense of self as an organization.  Gone are the days of trying a million different ideas to see which if any of them stick.     Mandy and I have now completed...

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The Inefficient Knockout 12/22/23

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   Happy Friday and welcome back to the light!  Yesterday was the winter solstice, so the days will only get lighter and longer from here and we welcome as much light into this world as possible at all times, except when I'm sleeping.   So, In a move that's out of character, I just started taking the occasional boxing class.  I’m not the right age for it and I have no desire to ever use it, but new skills expand the brain and it can’t hurt to know how to defend yourself, so I signed up.  The reason I mention it is that I’m only 3 lessons in and I’m feeling a bit like a baby deer out there…like I just found...

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Mole Fingers and Dahlia Sales 12/15/23

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Happy Friday dear people,    It’s been a week of digging over here.  I’m developing webbed hands like a mole.  Stick the pitchfork in the ground, push with the foot, add leverage to the handle, repeat 100 times, then squat or get on knees, jam fingers into the loosened soil, pull up roots of mums, or tubers of dahlias, repeat ad infinitum.  Okay, not ad infinitum, but a lot.    We’ve almost completed the mum digging and re-potting and had to turn our attention back to the dahlias in anticipation of more cold and wet weather.  The more rain we get, the harder it is to dig up the tubers, because the days are short and cool, so the ground never really...

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