Sunday, June 28, 2020

May of 2020 Update (Even Though it's Almost July)

"Hey, Urban Farmer guy, it's almost July and you haven't told us what happened in May yet.  What's the big idea and what in the world is going on in the urban farm?!"

James with the last Blue Hubbard Squash's from 2019

You are most certainly correct and thank you for calling me out on that!  It turns out that it's very challenging to juggle a normal, Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, being a landlord, and taking care of the urban farm while writing a blog and social media posts!!  It's pretty fun though and I wouldn't change anything about it!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Tear Down Your Learning Barriers!

Man on Summit of Mountain
James on the Summit of Cerro Soray (5,446 m / 17,867 ft) in Peru in 2013.  First "Real" Mountaineering Summit.  A Second Mountain (Salkantay) was Summited a Few Days Later!  Talk About a Steep Learning Curve!

There are a lot of different people in this world all of whom have their own strengths and weaknesses.  You can't possibly be good at everything as there just aren't enough hours in the day to master and maintain those skills for all of the activities that you enjoy.  I'm a strong believer in that anyone can be good at anything.  You just need the willpower to put the time and energy into learning that skill, realize it's likely not going to be an easy road and tear down the wall in your mind that you can't learn this skill and/or you won't be good at it.  Of course you're not going to be good at it when you first start learning a particular skill, that's part of the learning process.  In your mind you have to realize and accept that you currently suck at this skill but you can only improve and the sky is the limit.  Sure, certain people are likely innately better at certain activities than others and different people likely have different beginning baselines when they're starting to learn a new skill.  One thing that gets overlooked a lot is each persons past experiences and how those experiences can play a big role in learning a new skill.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

April of 2020 Summary

Triump Tulip
Triumph Tulip

April is when things start getting really hectic.  The weather is unpredictable, you don't know if it's going to be 80 degrees, snowing, hailing, raining, or all of the above in the same day.  The cold weather plants need to go in the ground as soon as possible to take advantage of the nice days as long as there aren't any big snowstorms on the horizon.  Some of the plants are getting too big for their pots and want to go in the ground ASAP.  In preparation for weening the plants to be outside, I did 19 trips up and down the stairs, twice a day, every day.  One trip to get the plants outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, then another to get them back inside so they don't freeze.  It's just hectic, I never quite know what I'll end up doing in the urban farm in April and when I do have a set plan the weather usually has other plans.  I was able to start buying some early season produce from my favorite local farm, Ollin Farms.  For the first two weeks I bought a 2 pound (.91 kilos) bag of spinach each week, and I went through each bag in its entirety!  I was so happy to taste fresh food again.