After listening to Joel Salatin speak at the Acres conference in 2012, Tim returned fired up about capturing rainwater for use on the farm. Joel inspired us to hang on to every drop that hit our soil for as long as we could… by building a pond.
Tim proudly surveying the new pond
. . . → Read More: A Home For the Raindrops
Halleluiah! Our high tunnel greenhouse is assembled and ready for us to play in the soil. Soon, we’ll be growing fruits and vegetables even if it is snowing outside. Taproot Farm received a generous grant from the WV Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to construct a High Tunnel (unheated greenhouse) on the south side of . . . → Read More: Taproot Farm High Tunnel- our new growing lab
Taproot Farm is almost 5 years old. We have learned so much about growing plants and animals and made lots of mistakes along the way.
This summer we took some time to step back and envision the next chapter of the farm- what it might look like, how it should run, what we’d like to . . . → Read More: Alexor Moore: Taproot’s Farm Apprentice
We are thrilled to say that Querencia Cottage is finally complete. Despite a few details over the next few months- for all purposes, she is finished and ready to work her magic. Soon Beth will break out the mosaic tiles and colored pencils and see what creative things begin to . . . → Read More: TA-DAH!
At Taproot our calendar year starts on March 9. Why? Because that is our farm anniversary! 3 years ago we began this adventure- the house was almost finished, but we really had no idea where this would all lead us.
Keeping the larder full
Today, as we enter our 4th spring, our farm vision . . . → Read More: Taproot is 3 Years Old
Here we are, back to our Taproot blog, after a wonderful, muddy, and exhausting summer working on the straw-bale artist cottage. More on the cottage progress later but, first, let’s get reacquainted with the farm!
Join me one recent morning as the farm woke up:
Mary Todd is looking for a handout
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The farm is quiet now after a fun-filled, cob-stomping, very productive weekend at our Cob Oven workshop.
Friends in Mud
We never expected so many interesting, eager people to show up. There is no doubt we’ve just met some long-term friends. It seems that the kind of people willing to try their hand at . . . → Read More: Cobbin’ Fun
Tim watering down the center of a finished tater tower, dreaming of roasted potatoes.
Well, we love potatoes! This year we wanted to grow lots more and to try some different varieties, but we just don’t have anymore space to devote (and potatoes need space!). Plus, as we try to practice companion planting, we . . . → Read More: Tater Towers
Today our team gathered around the building site of Querencia, our soon-to-be artist studio. After months and months of drawing, planning and dreaming… today we stood together and drove final stakes in the ground. Marking the front door, the curve of the sitting nook, the wall of south-facing windows… walking the perimeter, opening the imaginary . . . → Read More: Building Querencia- Getting Started
Today is the second anniversary of Taproot Farm. We spent it making final preparations for all the new arrivals expected in late April and early May.
Tim has been busy working on an addition to the lamb barn- a second coop for the last of our layers. We are trying two . . . → Read More: Coming Soon!