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June 10, 2014
The new irrigation connection point for one of our new fields

The new irrigation connection point for one of our new fields; it gives us several options for accessing water.

Even though our rainfall has been fairly average this spring (slightly above average for April and slightly below average for May, according to Accuweather), it has seemed dry. And warm. That means we need to irrigate.

Tapping into the existing pipe.

Tapping into the existing pipe.

One of the things that influenced our decision to buy this farm was its irrigation infrastructure. There were pipes underground that came up at various fields around the farm. It was great last year; all we had to do was set up some above ground pipes to get the water where we wanted it. Not bad at all.

Ready to glue the pipe together

Ready to glue the pipe together

This year is a little different. We opened up two new fields; fields that had been fallow, natural area. There weren’t any underground pipes bringing water to these fields, so we would have to do it. Steven had already drawn out a plan for new irrigation lines to the new fields we would put into production. Phase I started this year. During the month of May, Steven tapped into the existing irrigation line underground and added a new section that will eventually provide water for five fields. One we used last year, two are the new ones we opened up this year, and two are waiting for future needs. Over Memorial Day weekend, the essential parts were completed and the water began to flow. And none too soon. I was more than ready to plant in those fields. In fact, I had started planting in those fields, but since I had to water with a very temporary, inadequate, jerry-rigged contraption or by hand, I could only do so much. Now the planting continues in earnest.

It is good to have water.

The end of the line, with a drainage pipe

The end of the line; the small pipe at the end is for draining the system.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jorge lara permalink
    June 10, 2014 1:13 pm

    Looks great! Oh, and just had a salad with your greens and new beets last night. Wonderful and thank you so much for growing such beautiful and tasty food.

  2. beth parker permalink
    June 10, 2014 9:30 pm

    It’s so good to hear from you – on your new farm – and I would like to be on your list of fresh food folk once again. Hope to hear again: beth parker   2610 n dekum st – 503-285-9471 —

  3. Eileen Argentina permalink
    June 10, 2014 9:45 pm

    I love learning about the infrastructure needed to keep managing (and growing) your farm. Having seen that trench and how long it is makes me appreciate once again how farmers need to be jacks of all trades.

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