Over the past several weekends we have taken advantage of the beautiful North Carolina weather to begin planting our chestnut trees.
The kids jumped in to help, and nothing makes Chris and I happier than getting both of them outside and involved in the farm work.
Our well won’t be installed until later this summer, so for now we’re bringing in water and irrigating the trees using the very low-tech (but still highly effective!) “bucket method.” We just drill a small hole in the bottom of the buckets, place near the trees, and let gravity do the rest!
We’re so excited to announce that we’ve installed the first two hives of our apiary, and we’ll continue to add hives to the farm over the next few years.
A very special thank you to an amazing organization, Bee Downtown, for helping us install and maintain our hives! Bee Downtown’s founder, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, has an extensive knowledge about bees, and it is such a pleasure to work with and learn from her. Here she is setting up the hives and answering my questions:
Thank you also to the very talented Danell Beede who took all of these amazing photos!
Proceeds from the honey produced on our farm will be donated to local children’s charities and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. It will take at least a year for the hives to establish themselves, but look for our honey next summer…we’ll be sure to let you know when and where we’ll be selling it!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve really started to finalize plans for our inaugural flower crop. I’ve decided to start with a few beautiful basics that will take us through summer and fall, mainly sunflowers, celosia and zinnias. Next spring we’ll expand with peonies, hellebore, dahlias and perhaps coneflowers, yarrow and gomphrena. So many lovely possibilities!
We’ll be starting the flower beds soon, and I’ll be sure to update with our progress.
The kids are out of school this week, and with the weather warming up, one of our favorite places to visit is For Garden’s Sake, a local garden center. I get to wander around the nursery, while the kids feed the goats and alpacas. It’s a fun little break before all the exciting work on our new farm begins!
We are thrilled to announce Chapel Hill’s newest farm wedding venue, The Barn of Chapel Hill! After over two years of planning, we’re relocating our historic 19th-century barn to our family farm on Morrow Mill Road, with renovations expected to be completed early this fall. We’ll be updating our blog with construction news, photos, and exciting farm announcements, so check back often, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Below are a few photos of this amazing structure (built in the early 1860s) at its current location in Marcy, New York, as well as our architect’s renderings of what it will look like once it’s fully restored.
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