Starting when we first moved up here, last January, we set up photo monitoring points around the farm to help us visualize how things are changing over time. We’re taking photos quarterly. Now that it has been a full year here and we have had some winter down-time to stitch together images, here is a panoramic year in review.
And these, below, are taken east to west, as you enter the back field at the north.
The seasonal differences are beautiful and distinct. Some of the fun details to notice include the appearance of the bees, the installation of the hop trellis and deer fencing, the no-till vegetable beds, and the drip-tape rolled out. Through the photos, you can watch the hop vines trellising and transitions in the garlic bed and grapevines. Some of the less fun details include how incredibly dry both this winter and last have been and the deer tracks in the snow inside the fence.
After only one year, there is still so much to learn about the land, the light and seasons, the trees and native plants, the soil chemistry and biology – and how our plan to grow food fits together with it all.